The programme includes 40 films, produced by 11 different Arab countries, with co-production partnerships from seven European countries.
Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF) has revealed the film programme for its 11th edition. The festival begins on Tuesday, April 6, in a hybrid format with a screening programme that includes 40 movies from the Arab world.
The programme includes 40 films (15 feature films and 25 short films), produced by 11 different Arab countries, with co-production partnerships from seven European countries. The official feature film competition includes 12 films. The jury consists of prominent industry professionals such as Palestinian director and producer Najwa Najjar, Saudi actress and director Fatima Albanwy, Moroccan film researcher Leila Charadi, Lebanese presenter Raya Abi Rached and Egyptian screenwriter Tamer Habib.
Meanwhile, the short film competition, which features 17 films, has a jury made up of Lebanese director and producer Manon Nammour, Egyptian director and producer Maggie Anwar, Algerian film critic Faycal Chibani, Bahraini film critic Tariq Albahhar and Emirati actor Mansoor Alfeeli.
Other films will be screened under an Arabian Nights programme and a special screening of shorts.
Discussions will take place after the screenings on Maff Play and will remain available for viewing throughout the festival.
This year’s programme will also include masterclasses with screenwriter Mariam Naoum, moderated by film critic Ahmed Shawky, and actress Mona Zaki, moderated by Habib – all from Egypt.
The event, which opens with the Oscar-nominated Tunisian film The Man Who Sold His Skin, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, is showing some of the most prominent films to come out of the Arab world over the past year. This also includes Ameen Nayfeh’s 200 Metres, Farah Nabulsi’s Oscar-nominated short The Present, Cannes winner I Don’t Want to Forget Your Face by Sameh Alaa and award-winning documentary Their Algeria by Lina Soualem.
The festival runs until Sunday, April 11, and films will be screened online, via a dedicated platform called Maff Play, as well as shown physically at Panora Cinema in Malmo, Sweden, but with a limited capacity because of Covid-19 safety measures.