The festival will resume when the situation in the region stabilises.
The El Gouna Film Festival has been postponed indefinitely due to the crisis in the region, said a statement issued by the festival management. The full statement reads:
“In light of the deeply distressing circumstances prevailing in Gaza, the management of El Gouna Film Festival has made the conscious decision to postpone the forthcoming sixth edition of the festival. A charitable amount of LE 5 Million has been donated to fortify the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, in partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. These measures resonate profoundly with the spirit of solidarity extended by the El Gouna Film Festival’s administration toward the Palestinian people and the civilian population of Gaza. El Gouna Film Festival has, since its inception, adopted the principle of “Cinema for Humanity” as a core belief bolstering all humanitarian understanding values. The GFF management aspires for the resumption of the 6th edition, when the situation stabilises in the Palestinian lands.”