Germany, Guest of Honour at 24th Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries & Shorts
Germany is the guest of honor at the 24th Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries & Shorts, which kicked off on Tuesday evening at the Ismailia Culture Palace.
The festival cooperates with "Short Export22-23" program in Germany, which is the result of collaboration between the Short Film Association - German Short Film Association, German Films Service and Marketing GmbH, Goethe-Institut Lyon, Hamburg Short Film Agency and the International Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.
The program presents a collection of German film anthology that premieres at Ismailia Festival at its 24th edition. The 9 films from Germany participate in the festival are Planned Child by Laura Solbach, Why does Helen Koch commit serious vehicle theft? by Moritz Geizer, Sirens by Ilaria Di Carlo, Border Conversations by Jonathan Brunner, Hello Stranger by Julia Ocker, It Doesn’t Have to Be Today by Sophia Groening, JeiJay Petra Stepak & Marin Weiss, Lower Ambitions by Irem Schwartz Three Graces by Hanna Nordholt & Fritz Steingrobe.
German filmmaker Cecile Tullu- Polonowski chairs the jury of the two documentaries competitions. Polonowski studied management science and culture in Paris and Berlin, as well as film production at the German Academy of Cinema and Television in Berlin. She co-produced a number of feature films, won significant international prizes, and filled management positions at international festivals. The FIPRESCI jury is chaired by the German film critic Frederic Jaeger.
The festival workshops began early this year. Together with the Goethe Institute in Cairo & Alexandria and the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria, the festival organized a workshop run by the German director Anne Zohra Berrached, whose artistic career includes Hybrid films. Some of these films where screened during the workshop for trainees to learn more about this art form. The workshop started in Cairo, at the Goethe Institute in Dokki, from March 3rd to 6th, then it was run at Jesuit Cultural Center and Goethe Institute in Alexandria from March 9th to 12th.
An attached workshop will be held in Ismailia during the festival's activities, to be attended by a selected group of participants in the Cairo and Alexandria workshops. Directors Islam Kamal and Marwan Emara will run the workshop that will be held in English.
German director and writer Anne Zohra Berrached has made several films, including "24 Weeks", and "Co-Pilot", which was screened at the official competition of the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.