Dropouts, no-shows and delays: Is this the end of Cairo's film fest?

Published November 29th, 2012 - 10:35 GMT
Cairo International Film Festival.
Cairo International Film Festival.

It was the first film festival to be launched in the Arab world, but sadly — due to political unrest and economic instability — the future of the Cairo International Film Festival (Ciff) remains uncertain.

Not only is the 35th edition of Ciff failing to attract major stars, it has also seen the last-minute withdrawal of an anticipated Egyptian movie in protest over the current situation in Cairo. Additionally, the festival’s opening night, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed until last night by event director Ezzat Abou Ouf, due to the two “million-man” protests that were taking place in Tahrir Square. According to Ciff 2012’s press office, the decision to postpone launch night was to “ensure the safety of all guests and attendees, as well as the security of roads and traffic to and from Cairo Opera House.”

At the time of going to print, organisers told tabloid! that if violence was to continue, there was a possibility the festival “could be postponed indefinitely.”

Last year, Ciff was cancelled entirely in the wake of the Egyptian revolution of 25 January.


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