El Gouna Film Festival was founded in 2017 by Engineer Naguib Sawiris, in collaboration with actress and producer Bushra Rozza, international event organizer and CEO of I-Events Amr Mansi, and film producer Kamal Zadeh. The initiative gained strength and momentum with the support and sponsorship of El Gouna founder Engineer Samih Sawiris and of many private sector sponsors.

The festival is presented under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The GFF team is helmed by Intishal Al Timimi, festival director, who brings his knowledge and understanding of the regional and international cinematic landscape to the team. He is supported by Amir Ramses, artistic director and the members of the programming team Nicole Guillemet, Teresa Cavina, Mohamed Atef and Raman Chawla.



The festival’s program consists of the three official competitions (Feature Narrative Competition, Feature Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition), the Official Selection out of Competition and Special Presentations. A total of more than 80 films screen yearly at the festival. GFF bestow awards of more than US $224.000, along with trophies to the winners of the competitive sections. Feature length films with a humanitarian theme across any section are eligible for GFF’s special Cinema for Humanity Audience Award. In its Special Presentations section, the festival showcase iconic films from the past that continue to be cherished by film-loving audiences.

GFF 2020 – 4th Edition October 23 to 31, 2020

Films to Look Forward To

The Whaler Boy (Russia, Poland, Belgium), directed by Philipp Yuryev

In Between Dying (Azerbaijan, Mexico, USA), directed by Hilal Baydarov

Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Turkey) directed by Jasmila Žbanic

The Truffle Hunters (Italy, United States, Greece), directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

Listen (United Kingdom, Portugal), directed by Ana Rocha De Sousa

My Tender Matador (Chile, Argentina, Mexico), directed by Rodrigo Sepulveda Urzua

The Big Hit (France), directed by Emmanuel Courcol

The Ties (Italy), directed by Daniele Luchetti

Mainstream (United States), directed by Gia Coppola

True Mothers (Japan), directed by Kawase Naomi

Beginning (Georgia, France), directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili

Bad Tales (Italy, Switzerland), directed by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo

Days of Cannibalism (France, South Africa, Netherlands) directed by Teboho Edkins

Irradiated (France, Cambodia), directed by Rithy Panh

Delete History (France), directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern

Berlin Alexanderplatz (Germany, Netherlands), directed by Burhan Qurbani

Father (Serbia), directed by Srdan Golubović

Falling (United States, Canada), directed by Viggo Mortensen

Most Wanted (France), directed by Aurélia Rouvier and Seamus Haley Banksy

Ibrahim (France), directed by Samir Guesmi

Another Round (Denmark), directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Oasis (Serbia) directed by Ivan Ikić

Peel (Switzerland), directed by Samuel Patthey and Silvain

Monney Pilar (Netherlands), directed by Diana Van Houten, J.J. Epping and Yngwie Boley

Influencer (Spain), directed by Rubén Barbosa

Sticker (Republic of North Macedonia), directed by Georgi M. Unkovski