The programme will showcase a varied lineup of speakers, encompassing local, regional, and international talents, fostering a connection between different generations and individuals with diverse paths in the film industry.
The CineGouna Bridge, an integral event organised by the CineGouna Platform within the sixth El Gouna Film Festival, is set to cast a spotlight on the intricacies of cinema. Functioning as a vital link between burgeoning and seasoned filmmakers, as well as bridging the gap between artists, industry professionals, and talents on both local and global scales, the CineGouna Bridge programme unfolds amidst inspiring screenings.
The programme brings together film enthusiasts and veterans, offering a diverse array of masterclasses, workshops, panels, and networking opportunities. These activities aim to dissect the “how-to’s” and “why’s” of cinema, fostering meaningful connections and collaborations within the cinematic community.
The Bridge programme is set to host a series of insightful panels addressing pivotal topics in today’s film industry, both on a regional and global scale. These discussions will span a wide range of subjects, from redefining Arab representation on the international stage to the intricate intersections of artificial intelligence and intellectual property.
The special sixth edition is scheduled to take place from December 14 to 21.
The panel titled “Arabs Abroad: Representation Reframed” will delve into nuanced perspectives on global Arab identity. The discussion will feature Rhonda Ragab, Amir El Masry, Nourhan Tewfik, and Manal Issa, with moderation by Marya Bangee.
“Impact Filmmaking: Walking the Talk” will explore the profound influence of cinema in driving social change. The session will include a special screening of Matar by Syrian director Hassan Akkad, featuring Sylvain George, Mabel Evans, Habib Trabelsi, and Ahmed Malek, moderated by Hayat Aljowaily.
In the panel “Climate Storytelling (Breaking the Mold),” conventional narratives on environmental issues will be challenged. The conversation will involve Kaja Grujic, Lubdhak Chatterjee, and Mohamed Omar, with moderation by Doaa Saber.
“Beyond Borders: (Co)Producing Films Globally” promises insights into international film collaboration, featuring Dorothe Beubemeir, Amjad Abu Elala, Mostafa Youssef, Rula Nasser, and moderated by Soleil Gharbieh.
The discussion on “Beyond Imagination: Delving Into IP & AI” will explore the intersection of intellectual property and artificial intelligence. The panel includes Aliah Yacoub, Mahmoud Othman, Tarek El Ganainy, and Ellie Jamen, with moderation by Aliaa Zaky.
In collaboration with NAAS, the panel “Circulation and Mobilisation: What Can Independent Cinemas Do in Times of Crisis?” features May Odeh, Fatma Abed, Elaf El Kanzy, Kais Zaied, moderated by Nada Bakr.
“From A to Z: Crafting Stories for Streaming” will explore the creation of local streaming content, featuring Ali Ghamloush, Mariam Abou Ouf, Mariam Naoum, and Tarek Nasr, and moderated by Karim El Shenawy.
“Spotlight on: Next Gen,” in collaboration with Mentor Arabia, will showcase emerging talents and provide a platform for mentorship and growth. The panel includes Aziz Zoromba, Kawthar Younis, Mostafa Sheshtawy, and Farida Zahran, and is moderated by Thuraya Ismail.
In light of the crisis in Gaza, a specialised panel, “Camera in Crisis: A Lens on Palestine,” has been meticulously curated in collaboration with the Palestine Film Institute. This panel will feature Palestinian filmmakers Khalil al Muzian, Farah Nabulsi, Ahmed Al Munirawi, Rashid Masharawi, and will be moderated by Mohammed El Mughanni, aiming to delve into the crucial role of cinema as a form of resistance.
Distinguished filmmaker Marwan Hamed, honoured with this year’s Career Achievement Award, is set to conduct a masterclass providing valuable insights into the art of filmmaking. Additionally, other masterclasses with industry professionals are currently in development.
As part of the CineGouna Bridge programme, there will be an engaging conversation with the esteemed actress Youssra, moderated by Marianne Khoury, Artistic Director of GFF. Additionally, the Bridge programme will feature an insightful conversation with French-American actor Christopher Lambert.
This year, the Bridge programme will host a creative development and pitching workshop titled “From Pitch to Production.” Organised in collaboration with the Rawiyat-SIF collective, the workshop will focus on projects by Egyptian female filmmakers.
Featuring a diverse array of speakers, including local, regional, and international talents, the programme aims to bridge gaps between generations and individuals with varied paths in the film industry.
Despite two initial postponements, the festival remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering a dynamic and relevant programme that mirrors the ever-evolving nature of the film industry.