Hend Sabri and Sami Bouajila awarded at Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes

Tunisia’s Hend Sabri and Sami Bouajila won top awards at the 2020 Critics Awards for Arab Films in Cannes, bagging the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively, TAP reported on Friday. The winners have just been announced for the fourth Critics Awards for Arab Films: 141 jury members from 57 countries voted to determine the top films, the same source said. The event is organised by the Arab Cinema Centre as part of the Virtual Marché du Film, which took place on the margins of the 70th annual Cannes…

CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 42ND EDITION

The festival which is scheduled to run from 19-28 November 2020, sees Mohamed Hefzy continuing as President and Ahmed Shawky appointed as Artistic Director. The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting submissions for its 42nd edition, which is scheduled to be held from 19-28 November 2020. The Festival’s management will be guided by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organisation to ensure the necessary safeguards and protections are in place to ensure guests’ and participants’ safety as a result of the pandemic. The modified 42nd edition comes…

Tunisia ranks first in Arab world for freedom of press

Tunisia is the best-performing country in terms of freedom of the press in the Arab world, the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) revealed yesterday. According to the report, released on World Press Freedom Day Sunday, Lebanon ranked 102nd, Iraq (162th), Algeria (146th), Egypt (166th), and Saudi Arabia (170th) globally. Meanwhile, Syria came in at 174th out of 180 countries for the second consecutive year. Norway topped the Index for the fourth year in a row followed by Finland, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. Journalists in…

COVID-19: KLF launches call for “Culture Solidaire” projects

The Kamel Lazaar Foundation (KLF) has announced on its Facebook page the launch of the call for projects “Culture Solidaire” in partnership with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs within the framework of the “Fonds Relance Culture”, an initiative to support artistic creation and dissemination in times of crisis linked to Covid19. KLF wishes to register, as a matter of urgency, artistic creation, all disciplines included in such a manner as to support artists to create in the current circumstances, taking into account the shortage of raw materials. KLF voices willingness…

Minister of Culture Appoints Specialist in Creative Industries and Cultural Start-ups

New Minister of Culture, Shiraz Latiri, has appointed a new advisor in her cabinet: Ahmed Amine Azzouzi. He is in charge of the major issue of the economy of culture, cultural and creative industries. Azzouzi will also be in charge of monitoring the file of Startups active in the Cultural and Creative Industries. Ahmed Amine Azzouzi has conducted several studies on the Creative and Cultural Industry, especially for Startups since the classic business model does not apply with this type of company. TunisianMonitorOnline

ISESCO pledges $200,000 for coronavirus vaccine development

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has pledged $200,000 for the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, the organization’s Director-General Salim Al-Malik said. According to him, the organization set such an award to prevent the spread of coronavirus as soon as possible. The ISESCO urged all states, international organizations, and civil society institutions to tackle the virus. The new coronavirus outbreak was first recorded in late December 2019 in Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China.  TunisianMonitorOnline

“Éloge de l’ombre”, Exhibition of Artist Safouane Ben Slama, his Premiere in La Boîte for Contemporary Art in Tunis

In spring 2018, Safouane Ben Slama travelled through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Exploring the vast expanses and endless horizons of the Moroccan desert and the Tunisian seaside, he has also travelled the streets of Algiers to meet the people of the city. ” Éloge de l’ombre” is a careful observation of the light. Often changing, at sunset, the sky takes a central place in Safouane Ben Slama’s exhibition. But the foreground is often the direct environment, whether natural or urban, where the effects of this ongoing transformation are perceptible. The…

First edition of Red Sea International Film Festival

The Red Sea International Film Festival announced Monday the programme details, competition lineup and industry initiatives of its first edition at a press conference held in Al-Balad Historic Jeddah, Bait Qabil. Set to take place March 12-21 at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Festival will shed light on local talent as well as bringing a diverse selection of films to Saudi Arabia. Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh and Artistic Director Hussain Currimbhoy announced a total of 107 features and shorts that will screen in the Festival. The selection contains 16…

Red Sea International Film Festival to open with World Premiere of Saudi feature film “Shams al-Maaref”

he Red Sea International Film Festival will open in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 12, 2020, with the world premiere of the Saudi feature film “Shams al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun)”, directed by the Godus Brothers. The film will also compete in the Festival’s IN COMPETITION category. Directed by Faris Godus, produced and starring his brother Suhaib, “Shams al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun) captures the spirit of a generation whose lives were transformed by the internet. Set in 2010, high school senior Husam (Baraa Alem) finds himself drawn into the world of video…

Saharan Ksours officially inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage tentative list

The Saharan Ksours heritage site in southern Tunisia has been officially inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) tentative list of Tangible Cultural Heritage, the official page of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs reports. The candidacy file was submitted last January 10 by Tunisia’s Ambassador Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Ghazi Ghrairi. Experts and officials from the National Heritage Institute (INP) had prepared the file in record time, according to the same source. This new inscription provided the opportunity to bolster the steps made by Tunisia in…