Moroccan actress Nadia Konda, was chosen by the management of the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, in its fifth edition (October 14/22), to be part of the jury for the short films competition.
Chaired by Egyptian director Kamla Abu Zekri, the jury includes Egyptian producer Tamer Ashry and film programmer Alice Karroubi, who was a senior member in the short films lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Italian journalist and critic, Nina Roth.
Seven films will compete in this competition, namely “Noor Shams” by Saudi director Faiza Ambeh, “Lil” by Palestinian director Ahmed Saleh, “Arnous” by Jordanian director Samer Battikhi, “Sqala” by Tunisian director Bilal Bali, and “Talahassi” which is a Lebanese-American work by Darren Hoteit, “Khadija” by Egyptian director Mourad Mostafa and “Cairo-Berlin” by Egyptian director Ahmed Abdel Salam.
Morocco will also be present at the festival’s activities through the film “Haut et Fort” by Nabil Ayouch, who participates in the official competition of the festival.
The Grand Prize jury is chaired by producer Rob Allen, CEO of Margate House Films and producer of the Netflix film “I’m No Longer Here,” and includes Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby, Sarah Hoch, Founder and Executive Director of Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, Lebanese director and producer George Hashem and Indian director Kabir Khan.
In addition, the Moroccan director Hicham Lasri will participate with his two films “Hayesh Maych” and “Happy Lovers” in the activities of the CineGouna platform, which supports the cinematographic works in progress and the scripts in development.
According to the organizers, the El Gouna International Film Festival seeks to create bridges between cultures through the art of cinema and to foster exchanges between filmmakers in the region with their international counterparts in order to strengthen the spirit of cultural cooperation and exchange.