The European Union (EU) honours the winners of the ‘Euro-Mediterranean Film Competition’ award, during the closing ceremony of the Aswan International Women Film Festival in its fifth edition. The award is a special prize of EUR 3,000 handed out to the best film addressing women’s rights and empowerment. The special award is presented by the European Union in Egypt in collaboration with EUNIC Egypt and this year it went to two movies: The Norwegian-Latvian movie “My Favourite War” directed by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen. The Spanish movie “Last days of Spring” directed by Isabel Lamberti.
“Culture is one of the sectors where the EU partners with and support the people and government of Egypt. The importance of movies not only for entertainment but also for creating cultural dialogue, bridge the gap and finding similarities between nations, change social behaviour and support economic development by creating job opportunities”, said Ibrahim Laafia, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to Egypt. “What is more unique about this collaboration is that it adds up to EU cooperation with Egypt that promotes gender equality and women empowerment which is fundamental factor for cultivating a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world”, he added.
The EU and EUNIC supported AIWFF mission to empower women in film industry not only to tell stories and issues of women on screen, but also to empower women and have the space to make film and be active in the industry. The EU and EUNIC are working closely to ensure women’s full and real involvement in every aspect of life to support them to pursue equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making.
The AIWFF management announced the results of the cinematic Workshops competition. The best film in the AIWFF Workshops films is “Ashoura” by Asmaa Yacoub. “We are happy to cooperate with AIWFF this year where the turnout of young people to attend, especially girls, was quite impressive. The youth of Aswan have presented very good projects, and we will continue to support AIWFF through its workshops and youth technical trainings to help them create and further develop their work, and we are proud with the results that we have witnessed today”, Laafia said thanking all the creators and trainers who participated in the workshops and reiterating that we are all winners through this mutual cooperation, not only the award-winning film.
The European Union in Egypt congratulated the festival management and all the winners on the success of the 5th edition of the festival and lauded the workshops’ mentors on their hard work to train and educate young filmmakers and produce invaluable films in such short time. The EU will continue to support the women and youth to celebrate their successes, achievements and creativity – in front of, and behind, the camera. “Today, we are celebrating, not only the winning films and actors, but also the great development that happened in the Art and Culture scene until now”, Laafia said.