El Gouna Film Festival held its first press conference today, the 27th of August, at the Nile-Ritz Carlton Hotel, where the organizers revealed details about the program of the festival’s first edition, set to take place from 22 till 29 September.
The press conference was attended by El Gouna Film Festival’s founder Naguib Sawiris, El Gouna founder Engineer Samih Sawiris, co- founder Amr Mansi, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Bushra Rozza , Festival Director Intshal Al Timimi, member of the board of trustees Yousra and the American Embassy’s Cultural Attaché Ruth Anne Stevens . Famous celebrities like Nelly Karim, who is part of the short films jury and film director Youssry Nasrallah also attended. All expressed their excitement to be part of this huge Project. Among the high profile attendees were Ahmed el Fishawy, Amr Slama, Ahmed Malek and Boussy Shalabi.
The media representatives, then, took turns in asking vital questions regarding the festival’s anticipated agenda. Stars like Yousra and Bushra expressed their enthusiasm about the Egyptian and foreign filmmaking industry coming together under one umbrella.
The opening film of El Gouna Film Festival is scheduled to be the highly anticipated El Sheikh Jackson (Jackson, the Preacher), starring Ahmed El Feshawy and Ahmed Malek. While the closing film is set to be a German picture, The Human Flow.