El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) | Egypt
Based in the coastal resort city by the Red Sea, the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) was launched in 2017 to showcase a diverse selection of films for a passionate and knowledgeable audience and foster better communication between different cultures through filmmaking. The festival hosts the CineGouna platform — a creative and business hub that supports Arab talents through various meetings with industry key names. Additionally, CineGouna organizes workshops, panels, masterclasses, film markets, and the CineGouna SpringBoard: A project development and co-production lab that offers opportunities to find creative and financial support for Arab film projects in development or films in post-production. The GFF, along with its sponsors and partners, funds the winning projects, offering around $300,000 for the winning projects.

The sixth edition was delayed from October to December 2023 due to the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza. In March 2024, the GFF announced changes in its management, with Intishal Al-Timimi, who has served as the director of the festival since its inception, will assume the role of a member of the International Advisory Board, and Amr Mansi will continue to lead the GFF team as Executive Director, with Marianne Khoury as Artistic Director and Andrew Mohsen as Head of Programming. The next GFF will take place from October 24th to November 1st.

Amr Mansi
Co-Founder and Executive Director of El Gouna Film Festival
Andrew Mohsen
Head of Programming
Marianne Khoury
Artistic Director

What's the best advice you have ever been given - or given to others?
Always follow your intuition.

What has been your biggest setback/hurdle?
Being the niece of Youssef Chahine!

What is the biggest misunderstanding about the Arab World and/or its entertainment industry?
The audience wants that! Any audience can accept new genres as long as it touches their heart.

What will have the greatest game-changing effect on Arab cinema?
Artificial Intelligence.

How do you recognize real talent?
From their eyes, perception of the world, and sense of passion.