CAIRO: The 37th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) closed Friday at the Cairo Opera House.
Egypt’s Culture Minister Helmy el Namnam along with an array of Egyptian and international movie stars were present during the closing ceremony.
The Best Actress Prize went to French actress Louise Bourgoin for her role in the French-Belgium film I am a Soldier directed by Laurent Lariviere. Bourgoin did not attend the ceremony and Italian Counsellor Alexessandra Tognonato received the award on behalf of her.
The Best Actor award went to the Ghanaian actor Koudous Seihon for his role in Mediterranean which also won the Golden Pyramid Best Film Prize that went to its Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano.
The award of the The Cinema of Tomorrow International Competition went to the Swiss film Out of the Highway while the first prize for short films went to the Greek film Euro Man.
The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) is the oldest film festival in the Middle East. It was launched in 1976 by the writer-critic Kamal el Mallakh to enhance the role of Egypt in the world of cinema. Egypt has enjoyed a strong cinematic tradition since the art of filmmaking was first developed, in 1896.