CAIRO – Magdy Ahmed Ali's "Maulana" film won the most prestigious awards at the Egyptian National Film Festival, which announced its awards yesterday, including the best feature film.
Amr Saad won the Best Actor Award while Ibrahim Issa and Magdy Ahmed won the Best Screenplay Award.
And he won the second prize in the feature film "Green Yeast" by Mohamed Hammad while the third prize went to the film "The Original" by Marwan Hamed, who also won the award for best director.
Ahmed Al Morsi won the photographic award for the film "The Original" while Zulfiqar King won the design award for the film "Treasure" and won the Hisham Nazih Best Music award for the film "Aboriginal".
The award for Best Actress went to Heba Ali for her role in "Dry Green", while Dina Al Sherbini won the Best Actress Award for her second role in the film "A Fugitive Escape".
The jury received a special award for young actor Ahmed Dash for his role in the film "Photobook" by Tamer Ashri.
The closing ceremony of the festival and the distribution of prizes in the small theater of the Egyptian Opera Theater yesterday were postponed more than once to contradict the conclusion of the festival with other events.
The twenty-second edition of the National Egyptian Film Festival took place from October 29th to November 4th with the theme "Cinema … Memorable Moments".
"The National Film Festival is the official and unique festival to evaluate the overall harvest of the film," festival director Samir Seif said in a closing speech.
The 22-year course included films that were exhibited commercially in Egyptian cinemas during 2017.
The festival was honored by Hussein Fahmi, actress Nadia El-Gendy, director of photography Mahmoud Abdel Samie, Monayat El-Sayes, critic Sayed Said, as well as landscape coordinator Mahmoud El Maghraby and photographer Mohamed Bakr.
"Despite the festival's small budget, we have not given up on the traditions of the festival to honor our artistic figures, as well as those who have spent their lives serving the industry away from the spotlight, as well as important publications that are a reference and documentation of the successes of the present and of the honored future, "said Saif. – Reuters (Reuters)