The 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) announced on November 22nd that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded the Festival OSCAR® qualifying film festival status.

CIFF is the only Festival in North Africa to join the list of qualifying international Festivals including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, and Sundance. 

The Festival, which will showcase an impressive 150 films from 63 different countries over a 10-day period this year, made the announcement during the opening of Cairo Industry Days. This initiative brings together industry professionals from around the world to engage in a program of masterclasses, panel discussions, and events designed to inspire, display and support filmmaking talent from the region.

The winner of the Best Short Film award in the Short film competition ‘Cinema of Tomorrow’ section will eligible for consideration in the Animated and Live Action Short Film Categories of the ACADEMY AWARDS® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.  

CIFF’s President Mohamed Hefzy commented: “We are incredibly proud to have been selected to join the ranks of OSCAR® qualifying festivals and grateful to AMPAS for their support of our Festival. This honor is a validation of our Festival and the incredible selection of innovative films we showcase every year from some of the most exciting filmmaking talents working in the global film industry today. The opportunity to gain this type of recognition will help filmmakers achieve global attention for their extraordinary storytelling in the short film format.”

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) runs from the 20th – 29th November 2019