Hundreds of people from the international film industry were sen in a different location from the usual Cannes on Monday (16 August).
LV ZOOM IN: street scene and Cairo film festival sign
SV PAN FROM: flags on building to decorated arch.
GV: flags outside hotel.
CU: girl offers drinks to Arab guests.
SV: Claudia Cardinale (centre) with others accepts fruit drinks from drinks vender.
CU and SV: photographers surround group of film stars including Egyptian, Filipinos and Indians.
SV and CU: Guests seated in theatre (2 shots)
CU: Cardinale received on stage by Prime Minister Salem and other officials.
SV: another actress received by Prime Minister.
SV and CU: Filipino actress and actor received by Salem (2 shots)
SV: Indian actor Kumar received by Salem.
SV: Another actress received on stage.
GV: Gulf State officials meet Salem.
SV: Another actress received.
The week-long festival is organised by the Egyptian Association of Film Critics and Writers, a non-government body. Gold, silver and bronze statuettes of Queen Nefertiti, will be awarded to the best feature, documentary and short film. There are also prizes for the best stars, directors, music composers and cameramen.
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Background: Hundreds of people from the international film industry were sen in a different location from the usual Cannes on Monday (16 August). They've all flocked to Cairo for Egypt's first international film festival.
SYNOPSIS: Films have been entered from 30 countries including the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France. But for many the interest in the Cairo festival lies in the contributions from the flourishing film industry in Asia. The inauguration ceremony took place in the Egyptian capital's Sheraton Hotel.
Italian film star Claudia Cardinale was one of the main guests of honour. Like the other guests, she accepted a drink of the famous Egyptian beverage Irk Sous. But many stars of Asian and Middle Easter movies -- most of them unknown in the West -- are also attending the week-long festival. Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem welcomed the stars to the Kar El Nil Theatre where the screenings are taking place.
The inauguration of the Cairo festival coincides with the enormous growth in the movie business both in the Middle East and Asia. One of the popular guests was Rajendra Kumar, a current hearthrob for Indian music lovers. Asian is now the world's biggest assembly line for movie making. Countries there turn out 1,700 films a year, five times the annual output of U.S. films and almost twice the number of Western Europe.