Last night saw the 2020 Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) kick off in true style with a plethora of glamorous A-list Arab celebrities walking the red carpet at the annual opening ceremony in Egypt.
Running from December 2 to December 10, the 42nd edition of the festival – which was pushed back from its original schedule in November due to the pandemic – is a special one. It is the first festival in the Arab world to commit to equality across the board, after undertaking a parity pledge to ensure an even presence of male and female directors at the festival.
Keeping in line with the 5050×2020 charter that was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, CIFF has committed to equal representation at every level; from members on the selection panel, to films selected as part of the showcase.
Another highlight at this year’s festival is the eminent Faten Hamama Award for Excellence, which was granted to Egyptian actor Mona Zaki at the opening ceremony, honoring the actor for her outstanding career.
Check out our pick of the best dressed at the Cairo International Film Festival in the gallery above.