More than 45 films will participate in the programme, most of which are joint productions between Francophone countries.
The administration of Egypt’s Alexandria Festival of Francophone Cinema, headed by veteran artist Samir Sabry, has announced that this year’s festival will take place from June 18 to 23.
It is expected that more than 45 films will participate in the programme, most of which are joint productions between Francophone countries.
Festival Director Mohamed Atef said: “Alexandria Festival for Francophone Cinema is honoured to receive Tunisia as a guest of honour during the activities of the first session, as we see this as the best beginning for the festival’s launch. Tunisian cinema has become one of the most successful Arab cinemas in international film forums, and is making tremendous and inspiring global leaps for filmmakers in various countries of the South, not only in the Arab region. They also occupy an advanced position in the field of co-production.”
Alexandria Festival of Francophone Cinema appreciates the directives of Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, who gave the green light to celebrate the Egyptian-Tunisian Year of Culture by preparing an agenda of activities.
The administration at the festival is currently coordinating with the concerned authorities in Egypt and Tunisia, so that the celebration will highlight the ancient artistic and cinematic legacy of both countries.
He added: “The Alexandria Festival of Francophone Cinema seeks to consolidate its relationship with the Alexandrian audience, hence the festival management is keen to show the festival’s films in a number of commercial theatres in various regions of Alexandria. It also aims to hold its activities within the artistic and cultural radiation platforms, such as the Freedom Center for Creativity and the French Cultural Center.”
The film festival is organised by the Arts Foundation for Culture and Media, and the Supreme Committee of the Festival, headed by writer Mohamed Salmawy. It includes a number of prominent media, artistic, and cultural personalities including veteran artist Samir Sabry, President of the Festival; Eman Negm, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture; and journalists Sana Mansour and Salma Al-Shamaa.