The 42nd edition of the annual Cairo International Film Festival has been postponed. The week-long event, which was scheduled to take place between Nov.19-28, has been pushed back by two weeks to Dec.2-10.
The change in date was to ensure that COVID-19 safety and health measures put in place are approved by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Additionally, the third edition of its Cairo Industry Days industry program will now take place Dec.4-7, and the festival’s Cairo Film Connection will take place from Dec.5-7.
‘We never gave up hope’, said festival president Mohammed Hefzy in a statement
‘Furthrmore, the return of Cairo Industry Days cannot be more significant at a time when the industry struggles for survival, hope and resistance against the difficult conditions imposed by the coronavirus all over the world’.
Films set to screen at the upcoming festival include Egyptian director Amir Ramses’s ‘The Curfew’ and Tarzan Nasser’s Arabic drama ‘Gaza Mon Amour’.