Tunisia – The International Arab Film Festival held in Gabès, Tunisia, has witnessed the competition of 53 movies over awards that will be introduced during its second edition. The festival organizes two contests: the first is a contest of long films which will include 12 movies and the second for short movies and will include 10 movies, in addition to a number of workshops and conferences.
The second edition of this promising festival witnesses participation from 18 Arab and foreign countries that include Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Italy, France and the Republic of Congo.
The festival taking place on 24-30 September is attended by a remarkable number of artists from Tunisia and the Arab world; the Egypt-based Tunisian actress Hend Sabry has been selected as the honorary president of the festival, supported by the Syrian Actress Kinda Alloush and Tunisian actor Dhaffer L’Abidine.
Director of the festival Mahmoud El-Jemni said that this event is a growing dream that will bring back the excitement of watching and thinking.
Jemni considered that this festival is a celebration for the Arab world that reveals the souvenirs of the Arab memory on the art of cinema from the seventies. It is worth mentioning that Gabès Film Festival will honor the late iconic Egyptian director Mohamed Khan. A short film directed by Ahmed Rashwan on the life of Khan will be screened, as well as a published book by critics and Khan friends in the cinema field.