The Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers will be presented annually amongst the main El Gouna Film Festival awards.
El Gouna Film Festival has announced the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers. The award aims to maintain the late Khaled Bichara’s legacy of faith in those who dare to think outside the box.
The Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers will be presented annually amongst the main El Gouna Film Festival awards, inaugurated at this year’s awards ceremony.
Commenting on the new award, Engineer Samih Sawiris, one of the founders of El Gouna Film Festival said: “We are beyond grateful for the efforts of the late Khaled Bichara. His loss was a real shock on both personal and business levels! In an attempt to honour Khaled’s memory and in recognition of his great efforts and passion for supporting innovators and entrepreneurs in every way possible. We are honoured to announce the Khaled Bichara Award for Egyptian Independent Filmmakers. We hope that it can repay even a fraction of his invaluable contributions to Orascom Development, El Gouna city, and El Gouna Film Festival.”
The Bichara family commented: “It’s our pleasure to dedicate this award to the underdogs, the outliers. The ones who solve insurmountable problems with grit, innovation and creativity instead of muscle and resource and status quo. We dedicate this award to the entrepreneurs of the movie industry, an embodiment to what Khaled stood for and supported all his career.”