Last year, another Egyptian film, Cactus Flower, Hala El-Koussy's debut work, had its worldwide premiere at IFFR
For the third time, the film event IFFR
Live will connect more than 45 cinemas (including the cinema theatre Pasaka) all around Europe (and not only Europe) into one of the world's largest film sessions.
Representing MAD Solutions, Karkouti will be joining as a guest speaker at a panel discussion titled 'Innovative Sustainable Strategies for Distribution and Promotion of Audiovisual Works', which will be held within the Tiger Pro Debate program at IFFR.
ACC will host a breakfast party on Sunday, 31 January at Arcadis Zaal, Venue de Doelen for international filmmakers taking part in IFFR.
Tunisian Star Hend Sabry will join the jury at IFFR, becoming the first Arab artist to join the Tiger Hivos jury since 1995.
The Hubert Bals Fund (in commemoration of the first IFFR
director Hubert Bals) promotes projects and films outside Europe.
IFFR also presents a series of Big Talks by filmmakers--and one actress--whose films are screening at the 2018 edition of the festival.
The two filmmakers who have their own retrospectives at IFFR 2018, Artur AaAaAeAe[c]mijews and JosAaAaAeA@ Celestino Campusano, will also give separate Big Talk
IFFR programer Peter van Hoof and independent curator Sacha Bronwasser recollected this anecdote in their notes to Power Cut Middle East, a special series of programs at this year's festival, inspired by the Arab world's year of revolution.
Though its programs include their fair share of films that appeal to the commercial market, IFFR has an edgier aesthetic than most European festivals of its size.
These aspects of IFFR make it distinct from most of international film festivals of its scale around the world.
You'd imagine this breadth of content would make IFFR commercially inaccessible, yet there is also a great deal of film industry activity here, from the film lab and the Hubert Bals Fund for young filmmakers, to the Cinemart -- whose infrastructure has provided the prototype of the industry components in MENA film festivals like that in Dubai.