Sherif El Bendary, Koutaiba Al-Janabi share top $20,000 Cairo Film Connection award

Sherif El Bendary, Koutaiba Al-Janabi share top $20,000 Cairo Film Connection award
Cairo International Film Festival (Ciff) co-production platform event meted out $100,000 worth of prizes.

Egyptian director Sherif El Bendary’s female suppression drama Spray and Iraqi director Koutaiba Al-Janabi’s experimental thriller The Woodman shared the top $20,000 Badya prize at the fifth edition of the Cairo Film Connection, running Nov 26-28.

The co-production platform, at the heart of the Cairo International Film Festival (Ciff) industry programme (Nov 20-29), showcased 16 projects from across the Arab world, 10 in development and six in post-production.

The winners were representative of the increasingly adventurous and diverse stories and styles emerging out of the Arab world’s burgeoning indie film scene.
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