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Aswan Women’s Film Festival 2021 benefits from EU and Mediterranean contribution: EU Ambassador


This year, the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival (AIWFF) is expected to benefit from the participation of a number of European Union (EU) member states and Mediterranean countries.

The participation shows a strong interest in a very special festival dedicated to women. As part of the EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities, the EU works with Egypt in support of programs and initiatives that promote the empowerment of women and young people, as well as cultural exchanges.

Christian Berger, EU Ambassador to Egypt, said: “Our contribution to the festival has become a central element of the EU action plan on gender equality and the new agenda for the Mediterranean.

“I am very happy that with the support of the EU, we have focused on films and the film industry dealing with women’s rights, he added. “Young women and men, especially from Aswan, have been trained to use cinematic art to promote shared commitments.

Through strategic partnerships, the EU will continue to support young women and men in achieving their aspirations, noted Berger.

The cinema has a considerable influence on the formation of beliefs, values ​​and people’s perception of reality. It can influence stereotypes that can prevent women from realizing their aspirations in the same way as men. The EU supports projects that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including in film and culture.

Last year, the EU in Egypt supported two scriptwriting and filmmaking workshops, and this year 210 young women and men from Aswan were selected to participate in six workshops.

These aim to tackle different cinematographic fields, thanks to the support of the EU in cooperation with the EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), namely two workshops on scriptwriting and filmmaking.

Ten films were produced in the workshops and will be in competition during the festival, the winning film will be announced at a special workshop closing on June 28.

In March 2021, a total of 71 young people, namely 39 women and 32 men, participated in the EU supported two workshops on filmmaking and screenwriting.

In this fifth edition, the EU in Egypt is sponsoring the “Euro-Mediterranean Film Competition”, in collaboration with EUNIC Egypt. The competition will include eight feature films, namely two Egyptian films, and six European films representing Austria and Germany (joint production), Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The EU awards a special prize of € 3,000 to the best film on women’s rights and empowerment which will be presented to the winner at the closing ceremony on 29 June 2021.

The AIWFF takes place June 24-29 in Aswan, to celebrate the successes, achievements and creativity of women in front of and behind the camera.

The EU in Egypt is supporting the festival this year, the first ever Egyptian film festival dedicated to women’s issues. AIWFF is dedicated to highlighting issues related to women and their right to achieve their full potential.

It is an important occasion through which filmmakers representing different countries renew their dialogue on the important role of women in society.