The pandemic expands the scope of watching “Visions” festival films


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          <p>Short film festivals are usually an opportunity to look at the ideas and reflections that occupy the creators of this artistic world, and perhaps this is one of what the “Visions... Cairo Egyptian Short Film Festival” offers, which the American University in Cairo is hosting its fourth edition, until the middle of this month. .

The “Ruaa” Festival is a non-profit film forum, organized and supervised by an academic committee of experienced filmmakers by the (Film Program) in the Art Department at the American University in Cairo, along with students and film critics. This year, 123 films are shown, 50 of which are participating in the official competition. .

For the second year in a row, the festival is being organized “from a distance” due to the precautionary measures of the “Corona” virus, which allowed the films to be shown on the festival’s page on “Facebook”, which applies to the proverb that “may God harm and benefit”, while expanding the circle of viewing and interaction with the color Technician is usually described as being of little mass.

Dr. Malik Khoury, professor of film studies at the American University in Cairo and president of the festival, told Asharq Al-Awsat: “The virtual screening of the festival’s films has proven to be successful, with it expanding the scope of viewing for short films, which is proven by the daily numbers of visits to the site of films that far exceed the attendance rate of films. In the halls before,” and Khoury adds that this success will be invested during the next editions of the festival, so that online shows will continue in addition to live screenings of films inside the halls at the university.

The films of this edition range from fiction, documentary, and first-experience films, as well as animation films, which Malik Khoury says were included in the festival’s branches last year, and it is expected that this branch’s participation will increase with the upcoming editions. The titles of the films of the official competition in the fourth session of the festival reflect dozens of ideas and concerns of its makers, through short films that pass on contradictory feelings such as loneliness and participation, disease and recovery, generational communication and its complexities, in addition to documentary films that capture characters from the battlefield of daily life.

According to Dr. Malik Khoury, despite the presence of a tone of frustration in many of the participating films, including themes of despair, unemployment, poverty and lack of opportunities, this year’s films are more optimistic than last year’s films, which were more (dark), and Khoury hopes that a greater situation will be reflected. From the positive in the future on the short films.

The festival has already attracted attention with its participation in festivals outside Egypt, including the film “Henna Ward”, which participated in the International Festival of Clermont-Ferrand in France last year, and won 17 awards from its participation in more than one international festival.

Among the films participating in the current edition are “Above the Knee, Recycling, Al-Sandara, Al-Qaftawiya, Child of Joy, and This is My Night, Uncle Bayoumi, Before It’s Too Late, 600 Kilos, and In El Max… The sea is angry and doesn’t laugh.”

This year, the festival honors the Egyptian film critic, screenwriter and director Sami Al-Salamouni, who was shown three films at the opening of the festival in honor of him and his artistic career, and it was supposed to organize a seminar in which the cinematographer Saeed Shimy talks about his new book about Sami Al-Salamouni, but it was canceled due to the decision to cancel The live version of the festival and its replacement online version.

The Council of Ministers in Egypt had announced, a few days ago, new decisions allowing the holding of art festivals, amid precautionary measures such as reducing attendance to 50 percent of theater capacity, and wearing masks, a decision that constituted an artistic breakthrough for many film festivals that were threatened with postponement, including Ismailia International Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, Aswan International Women’s Film Festival, and Sharm El Sheikh Film Festival.


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