Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival Cancels 2022 Edition, Questions Swirl Around Future Of Festival

Egypt’s future El Gouna Film Festival looks uncertain after the unexpected cancellation of its previously announced sixth edition, which was scheduled to run on 13–22 October.

The festival management said that the event was being postponed to give it time to be rescheduled.

“This decision will allow more time to focus on both the artistic and organizational sides of the upcoming editions, while maintaining the GFF’s ability to play a major role and contribute to the growth of the film industry both regionally and internationally,” the statement said. will strengthen it.”

The festival was started by an Egyptian tycoon naguib saviris In 2017 and posed at the luxury Red Sea resort of El Gouna, built by his brother Samih Sawiris.

It has been developed from scratch over five years by respected Arab film expert Intishal Al Tamimi, who has been credited with creating a credible, international festival.

Storm clouds began to gather at the festival after a turbulent fifth edition last October, which was marked by a series of accidents and disputes.

A fire broke out in their main outdoor center a few hours before the night of the opening; Detaining and deporting a Palestinian festival guest at Cairo airport, a political backlash against the Egyptian film wing and the resignation of artistic director Amir Ramses hours before the finale.

Rumors arose at the time that the Saviris family was on the verge of scrapping the festival due to the political fallout from some of these events.

The dates for the next three years were announced shortly after the fifth edition to counter the rumours, although Monday’s statement suggests reconsideration is underway.