The Cairo International Film Festival announced a partnership with Netflix to participate in intensive activities at the fourth edition of the Cairo Film Industry Days, which will be held from December 1-5, in partnership with the Arab Cinema Center.
The event is part of the 43rd edition of the Cairo Film Festival, which is scheduled to take place from November 26 to December 5.
The activities include two lectures, a panel discussion and a dialogue with experts from the international film industry.
The discussions will be with festival guests and the topics will be related to the film and series industry.
Netflix is also organizing exclusively with Cairo Film Industry Days, the second edition of the “Because She Created” initiative.
The initiative aims to boost the voice of Arab female directors and to shed light on the development of the role of women in the entertainment industry in the Arab world.
The events are expected to include a dialogue with Tunisian star Hend Sabry, who will talk during the session about her artistic career and her work as an executive producer in the upcoming Netflix series “al-Bahth Ann Ola” (Search for Ola).
Sabry will also talk about the opportunities and difficulties she faced as an actress, producer and mother, and what she learned during her career in the film and television industry.
The events also include a panel discussion on the “AlRawabi School for Girls” series, which recently witnessed high viewership and became one of the ten most watched shows on the Netflix platform in several countries around the world.
The panel discussion will be attended by the series creator, director and executive producer Tima Shomali.
Her vision of the series and what contributed to building the fictional dramatic world about the “AlRawabi School” for teenage girls will be a showcase feature event.
Jordanian actress Rakeen Saad, who played the role of “Nouf”, as well as Joanna Arida, who portrayed “Rania” will also participate in the discussion which will last for an hour.
Under the title “Deepening Character Drawing,” Director of talent development at Netflix Christopher Mack will give a lecture that will take the audience on an in-depth exploration of some of the most famous movie characters of all time, and the reasons why they are so memorable.
Netflix also shares with the audience its experience on best post-production practices, and the most important lessons learned in the industry to ensure that the project in question reaches the audience in the best possible way.
A lecture will be hosted by post production manager for original Arabic work on Netflix Karim Boutros Ghaly and post production manager for Netflix’s Middle East and Turkey businessman Frank Piazza.
Ghaly and Piazza will present the most important ways on how to create and how to adopt the appropriate budget and choose the right programs. They will touch upon common mistakes of post-production in the region as well.
The workshop will be based on real-life examples and an analysis of the processes that Netflix follows in its latest work.
Through the Cairo Film Forum, the platform opens the way for the cooperation of Arab and local talents and the most important international figures in the world of film-making with the aim of supporting Arab cinema.
The Cairo International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most regular festivals in the Arab world and Africa. Its uniqueness remains in the fact that it is the only festival in the Arab and African region registered in Category A in the International Federation of Producers in Paris (FIAPF).