Today, Thursday, the El Gouna Film Platform at the El Gouna Convention and Culture Center unveiled the winning projects and films of the El Gouna Platform Awards.
In its fourth edition, El Gouna Film Festival received 99 submissions (65 projects in the development stage and 34 films in post-production) from all over the Arab world.
These requests were reviewed by a committee of specialized filmmakers, in order to select 12 projects in the development stage (8 feature fiction projects and 4 long documentary projects), and 6 films in post-production (5 feature films and a feature documentary) based on the content. And the technical vision and the possibility of financial implementation, and the committee also praised the distinguished level of the projects presented for the starting point.
The directors and producers nominated to participate in the starting point have submitted their projects and films to producers, donor institutions, distributors, film sellers and festivals programmers, for their technical advice. In addition, one-on-one meetings were held between filmmakers, industry experts and consultants to develop scenarios or incomplete versions of films and enhance opportunities for regional and international cooperation..
The starting jury consisted of French film sales agent Clémon Shoton, Lebanese director and producer Dima El-Gendy, and Jordanian writer, director and producer Dima El-Gendy..
“Goodbye Julia” by Muhammad Kordofani (Bahrain, Sudan) won the award for the best project in the development stage (a financial prize of 15 thousand US dollars) and the El Gouna Film Platform Certificate, while Hadi Sons Muhannad (Morocco) won the best film award in Post-production ($ 15,000 prize money) and El Gouna Film Platform Certificate.
In addition, the award-winning projects and films of the El Gouna Film Outline Sponsorships were announced, as follows:
“Hamlet from the shantytown” by Ahmed Fawzi Saleh (Egypt) received a prize of 20 thousand US dollars from a witness and a prize of 10 thousand US dollars from Sparkle, as well as a participation in the establishment of the virtual Independent Film Forum presented by the Independent Film and the American Embassy, and participation in the initiative Global Film Expression presented by Evta.
“Tiberias Goodbye” by Lina Sweilem (Palestine, France) won a $ 10,000 prize from i-Productions, a $ 10,000 prize from Synergy Films, and a $ 10,000 prize from the interior of Downtown with the support of the Ismailia Company for Investment and Real Estate Financing.
“Hajj to Disney” Lamha Al Saati (Saudi Arabia) won a prize of $ 10,000 from Arab Radio and Television Network (ART). In addition to that, the “search for an outlet for Mr. Rambo” for Khaled Mansour (Egypt) won a prize of 10 thousand dollars from Rotana and another 10 thousand dollars from Lagoni..
A $ 10,000 prize from New Century, a $ 30,000 prize, a distribution guarantee from Mad Solutions and Ergo Media Ventures, and a $ 10,000 prize from Sparkle went to ‘Goodbye Julia’ by Mohammed Kordofani (Bahrain, Sudan).
Whereas, “Streams” by Mahdi Hamili (Tunisia) won a prize of 10 thousand US dollars from Weiak, and “Here You Don’t See Me” by Fayrouz Serhal (Lebanon, Spain) gets a prize of 80 thousand US dollars, Production services provided by a witness.
“Barakat Al Arous” by Bassem Berich (Lebanon) received a prize of 50 thousand US dollars, an initial sale from OSN, and “Life suits me well” for Al Hadi Sons Muhannad won a prize of 10 thousand US dollars for DCB work services for a movie presented by The Cell Post Production, and a $ 30,000 award for Visual Effects services from Mercury.
Another $ 10,000 prize went to marketing services for a film from The Cell Post Production to “Qurban” by Naguib Belhadj (Tunisia)..
“No Man Bait” by Muhammad Mustafa (Egypt) got a participation in the virtual Independent Film Forum presented by The Independent and the American Embassy, while “Take Me to the Cinema” by Al-Baqer Jafar (Iraq, Egypt) received a 10-week montage residency and orientation sessions provided by Doxbox. Finally, “Arafa” by Alaa Al-Qaisi (Jordan) has participated in the Global Film Expression initiative presented by IFTA..