41st session of Cairo Film Festival closes

The 41st session of the Cairo International Film Festival, which kicked off on November 20 with the film “Irish” by Director Martin Scorsese closed on Friday evening. The festival was marked by the screening of more than 150 films from 63 countries, including 35 films in its first international screenings in addition to the 84 films in its premiere in the Middle East and North Africa. The closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival was an opportunity to announce the films awarded in the competition. Special mention of the…

“Student Entrepreneur” programme launched by Ministry of Higher Education

The Student Entrepreneur programme in universities and higher education institutions was launched by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to support entrepreneurship and create projects in a student environment, starting from the academic year 2019-2020, The Ministry said in a statement. The programme is launched within the framework of the contribution of Career and Competency Certification Centres (4C) to the professional integration of higher education graduates in innovative and competitive sectors and supporting them to create their own businesses, the ministry reported. The programme will enable the national…

15 MENA startups selected for “Pitch by the Pyramids” competition

Fifteen startups, including four from Egypt and two from Tunisia, have been chosen by RiseUp to take part in the “Pitch by the Pyramids” event.  The pitch event at the Great Pyramids of Giza takes place on December 8, aligning with RiseUp Summit 2019, with startups selected to take part after regional finals were held in Cairo, Dubai, Tunis, Amman, Ramallah, Beirut and Riyadh, Disrupt-Africa reported. Six of the finalists are from Egypt, namely payments solution PaySky, energy management IoT system provider Amjaad, laundry pick-up and delivery service Makwa and cloud HR and payroll platform PayNas.…

Tourism revenues jump by 38%, November 20

Tourism revenues rose above 5 billion dinars, with a leap of 38.3%, by November 20, 2019, compared to last year, the Ministry of Tourism reported on Wednesday. The statistics revealed by the ministry indicates that in foreign currencies, the revenue growth is estimated at 29.6% in Euros and 22.3% in Dollars. The Ministry of Tourism noted that 8.3 million tourists had visited Tunisia until November 20, an increase of 14% compared to last year which means that the objective of attracting 9 million tourists in 2019 is now likely to…

Interview with Director of 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival: CIFF contributes to film industry

Director of the Cairo International Film Festival: The budget of the Cairo Film Festival is about 40 million pounds The audience is the primary goal of the festival Cairo International Film Festival contributes to the film industry Yes El Gouna is a strong and successful competitor The festival will not pay international stars to attend it Cairo / by Douha Essaafi For the second year in a row, Mohamed Hefzy continues to preside over the Cairo International Film Festival, carrying a new vision, ambition and determination to overcome all obstacles…

Sustainable tourism charter created for Tunisia

The charter should lead to more sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourism industry in Tunisia, responding to the increasing priority that British and other foreign tourists are placing on the environment when making their holiday choices. The charter’s aims include: The discontinuation of disposable plastic cups and cutlery in hotels by March 2020 and the ending of plastic drinking straws by next month; More responsible disposal and recycling of waste with tour operators encouraging hotels to attain a global sustainable tourism certificate by December 2020 and the production of a work plan for the…

Backstage of 41st edition of Cairo International Film Festival

-How Mohamed Hefzy restored the lustre to the Cairo Film Festival -Menna Shalabi admits: A psychiatrist treated me for the influence of some personalities Cairo: By Douha Essaafi  One of the most prestigious Arab festival, the Cairo International Film Festival, was unveiled on November 19th, where the Egyptian Opera House was adorned with the finest blazers to welcome the festival’s guests from all over the world, and the stars competed to appear in remarkable forms on the red carpet. Raja Al-Jeddawi, Laila Alawi, Dina, Rania Youssef, Nadia El-Gendy, Mona Zaki,…

Hult Prize ESSEC Tunis Campus clean-up campaign for cleaner environment

The Hult Prize ESSEC Tunis is a movement that strives to achieve social change and ensure a better life for the citizen in a clean environment.  The adventure of Hult Prize ESSEC Tunis just started in a pledge for sound and healthy environment for all the people nationwide and worldwide. And here the dream started to come true when Hult Prize ESSEC Tunis members took the initiative for cleanliness campaign last Sunday, November 17, an initiative that is one of the Hult Prize movement’s principle to build together a better…

iRead Awards announced at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival

The first place goes to Ahmed Jad Al Karim in Short Story and Amr El Maadawy in Film processing The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) hosted a ceremony for the iRead Awards, a screenwriting and short story talent competition held in collaboration with the iRead Initiative. During the celebration held Monday evening,  Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmed Gad Al Karim who won first place received a Prize worth 25 thousand Egyptian pounds for the short story competition prize. Mahmoud Ashour Abdel Wahab won the second place with a prize worth 15 thousand…

CIFF: Screen International announces tomorrow’s talents of Arab Stars

Five filmmakers and actors are selected for the third edition of the Screen International’s Initiative Arab Stars of Tomorrow at the 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Screen International announced. This initiative, first launched in 2016,  is supported by Front Row and Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC). The initiative’s objective is to support five emerging cinema talents from the Middle East and North Africa, who have started to make an impact in their field, are namely directors Wisam Al Jafari (Palestine), Raed Alsemari (Saudi Arabia) and Kawthar…