CAIRO:The 37th Cairo International Film Festival (CIIF) kicked off Wednesday at the Cairo Opera House with a fancy opening ceremony.
This year the festival honored several Egyptian movie stars including Nelly Kareem and Hussein Fahmy.
During the opening ceremony, the administration of the festival, headed by President Magda Wassef and Artistic Director Youssef Cherif Rizkallah, has granted the Faten Hamama Honorary award to Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.
It also honored late actor Omar Sharif who recently passed away.
The CIFF, one of the most prominent film events in the Middle East, will run from 11 to 20 Nov. featuring over 150 films from 50 different countries.