The Cairo International Film Festival Is Now An Oscar Qualified Festival

BY Sara AlHumiri / Nov 25 2019 / 13:25 PM

Your favourite CIFF films may now compete for a 2020 Academy Award

The Cairo International Film Festival Is Now An Oscar Qualified Festival
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The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is currently underway, and the opening night was a star-studded success with celebs like Yousra, Dorra Zarrouk, Hend Sabry and Bushra in attendance. Although the outfits may have caught our initial attention, the most significant news of the night saw the announcement that that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded CIFF Oscar qualifying film festival status.

CIFF announced the good news on social media writing, "It’s a Golden Edition! CIFF becomes an Oscar-qualifying Festival. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded CIFF OSCAR qualifying film festival in the Short Film Category status."

This accreditation from AMPAS means that CIFF's films are now able to compete next Novmeber 2020 at the Oscars along with other international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Venice. So what does this mean for Arabic cinema? That they finally have the chance to be seen alongside Hollywood's best.

According to Egyptian publication Egypt Independentproducer Mohamed Hefzy recognised this achievement on the second day of CIFF 2019, stating, "We are very proud to join the list of Oscar-eligible festivals, and we thank the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for supporting the festival.”

It's been a big year for Arab cinema. Earlier this year, CIFF chairman Hefzy, as well as former BAZAAR cover star Yousra and director Amr Salama were appointed seats on the Oscar Committee. And Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabry was also announced as the first-ever Arab women to sit on the judging panel for the Venice Film Festival.

We can't wait to see what 2020 brings for the film industry in the Middle East.