Catching the Attention of International Filmmakers inIts First Exposure in the Market

Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim Snatches Three Awards at the Final Cut in Venice workshop

Cairo, Egypt | Wednesday- 9 September 2015:

Presaging remarkable success for the outstanding film project, Egyptian film Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim by director Sherif El Bendary has received three awards within Final Cut in Venice workshop as part of the ongoing installment of Venice International Film Festival.

The film's 3 awards are namely; 10,000 Euros worth award presented by the Paris-based Centre National du Cinema et de Li'mage Animee (CNC) foundation to be spent in post-production phase in France, 10,000 Euros provided by the French Knightworks to be spent on the visual and special effects, in addition to 10,000 Euros provided by Titra TVS to be spent on the digital colors correction, DCP bar and providing film subtitles into French or English.

Commenting on the award-winning film project, producer/scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy, the film's co-producer, stated, "I am glad that this project has managed to impress such an established jury and the industry attendance in its first exposure to an international market. This is an indication that we are in the right direction, and that with the prizes garnered, we will be one step closer to completing the film the way we would like to."

Running over the course of two days, the Final Cut workshop provides tangible support for Arab and African films in which the working copies of selected films are presented to producers, buyers, distributors and film festival programmers in support of their post-production phase.

Directed by Sherif El Bendary, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is written by Ahmed Amer based on Ibrahim El Batout's story and is produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Fortress Film Clinic and Transit Films of Hossam Elouan, and will be distributed by MAD Solutions. The film introduces two acting prodigies; Ali Sobhy (Ein Shams 2009) and Ahmed Magdy (Al Sayad 2014) along with Salwa Mohamed Ali and Nahed El Sebai.

Sherif El Bendary's directorial debut documentary was awarded Best Documentary at Student Film Festival - Goethe Institute 2006. The film has also screened at Dubai International Film Festival 2005. This was followed by his first short fiction, Sabah El Fol (Rise and Shine), which was officially selected in more than 75 film festivals in 33 countries.

El Bendary's second short film At Day's End (2008) was inspired by salient writer Ibrahim Aslan's novella. Sherif directed Curfew, a chapter that was part of the collective feature 18 Days, the film which was an official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2011. Sherif's latest film is the documentary Fil Tarik Le West El Balad and he is recently selected as a jury member at the Shorts and Animations Competition within the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts 2013.

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