Cairo International Film Festival

The Cairo International Film Festival ( CIFF ) is an international elftägiges Film Festival in Cairo.


Back in 1975 was the Egyptian film industry is the largest in the Arab world. This year, attended the later Egyptian film critic Kamal El Mallakh the Berlinale and recognized the need to hold a similar festival in his home country.

Together with a group of other film critic 1976, he founded the Cairo International Film Festival. It was the first film festival in the Middle East.

In the first year, around 100 films from 33 countries were shown. The competition ran 14 films from 14 different countries. Since then, the focus of the festival is on the one hand to strengthen the international perception of Egyptian filmmaking and the other hand on films that raise difficult political and human issues.

Ezzat Abou Aouf 2009 was president of the festival.

Prices and Categories

The international jury of the festival will award the following prizes:

  • Golden Pyramid ( Best Film / Production )
  • Silver Pyramid ( Special Jury Award / Director )
  • Best Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Naguib Mahfouz - Prize (best first or second film )
  • Best artistic contribution (director)
  • Best Arabic-language film ( prize money EGP 100.000, - )

Those participating films that participate out of competition, will be shown in the categories of Festival of Festivals, Information Section, Retrospective, Tribute, Special Section and Film Market.

Winner of the Golden Pyramid