Arab Voice – El Gouna .
In celebration of the inaugural edition of the ‘Festivals Hub’, The Marché du Film, Cinando and ElGouna Film Festival (GFF) held a mixer event for the film community to come together at the highly anticipated 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival which runs from July 6-16, 2021.
The brand-new initiative launched by Marché du Film and Cinando has been designed to bring together Festivals, markets, sales agents, distributors, film institutes, and service providers from all over the world to connect and network.
Following a year of major disruption to the Festival calendar and extraordinary challenges faced by the industry due to the global pandemic, this event was a much-needed celebration of cinema and the perfect opportunity to bring together international filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world to champion and promote Festivals.
Jérôme Paillard, executive director of the Marché du Film, commented: “Recognizing the key role that film festivals and markets play in the promotion and circulation of films around the world, we have decided to take our commitment one step further by creating a physical space within the Palais, the ‘Festivals Hub’, designed to be THE meeting place for all things festival related. To celebrate the launch of this new space, we are thrilled to collaborate on a joint cocktail party with El Gouna Film Festival to welcome all festivals and markets from around the world and to share the joy of being brought together again this year.”
GFF director, Intishal Al Timimi explained: “We are thrilled to co-host this event to support the ‘Festivals Hub’, it’s the perfect platform to bring all the festivals together to unite through our shared love of cinema. Film festivals are the beating heart of our industry, they enable us to experience a rich diversity of voices, explore new cultures and celebrate creativity. The last 12 months with so much uncertainty, have taught us together as an industry we are stronger and more aware than ever of the transformative power of the cinema experience to connect and inspire us.”
El Gouna Film Festival
One of the leading festivals in the MENA region, GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience, while fostering better communication between cultures through the art of filmmaking. Its goal is to connect filmmakers from the region with their international counterparts in the spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange. The festival is committed to the discovery of new voices and strives to be a catalyst for the development of cinema in the Arab world, especially through its industry arm, CineGouna Platform.