Minister of Culture and Governor of Ismailia launched The 21st Edition of Ismailia International Festival For Documentary And Short Films

Dr. Inas Abdel-Dayem, Minister of Culture and Major General Hamdi Osman, Governor of Ismailia, inaugurated the 21 Edition of Ismailia International Festival of Documentary And Short Films, which was dedicated to the late director Attiyat El-Aboudi and it will present its activities from 10 to 16 April at the Ismailia Culture Palace. The ceremonies were attended by Mhab Mamesh – Chairman of Suez Canal Authority, Dr. Khaled Abdel Jalil, Head of the National Cinema Center , critic Issam Zakaria, the president of the festival and a number of popular and executive leaders in the governorate, public figures, artists, critics and leaders of The Ministry of Culture.

Abdel-Dayem affirmed that Egypt has communicated with the world Suez Canal. Thus, Ismailia International Festival for documentary and short films is another way of building a bridges of communication with the different countries. This edition coincides with Egypt celebration with its the presidency of the African Union and the celebrations of Egypt � France year, where the festival specified two sections, one for the films of the African countries and the other for French movies , to celebrate these two occasions. The Minister of culture also thanked all those who contributed to the preparation and of this edition .

For his part, Major General Hamdi Osman said that Ismailia Festival for documentary and short films carries important cultural and artistic messages that bring together many countries of the world in one of the precious parts of Egypt- Ismailia , which is currently witnessing great interest embodied in mega projects and huge investments.

Afterwards , The Minister of Culture honored three figures of documentary and short film industry:- Lebanese director Burhan Alawiya � delivered to his son Najib Ashkar, Muizi Najangura (Congo) and cinematographer Said Shimi (Egypt).

The opening ceremony, which was presented by the great artist Samir Sabry and directed by Hisham Attouh, included presenting a short film that included scenes of the most important works participating in this edition , followed by presenting an operetta ” A Message of Peace from the Turquoise land ” , performed by the young singer Yahya Yaqoub . The operetta was attended by Massad Fouda, director Omar Abdel Aziz, Dr. Hisham Abdel Khalek, Dr. Ashraf Zaki, Head of the Academy of Arts, Dr. Ahmed Awwad, Head of the General Organization of Culture Palaces.

It is worthy of note that this edition includes the participation of 150 films from 51 foreign and Arab countries .

Source: State Information Service Egypt