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142 critics to review films of the 4th Critics' Awards for Arab Films

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- A big number of European film journalists join those in charge of nominating the winners of this year’s Arab Cinema Center awards

142 critics to review films of the 4th Critics' Awards for Arab Films

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has revealed the expansion of the jury committee of its Critics' Awards for Arab Films this year, by adding 67 new critics to reach the total of 142 film critics from 57 countries. The critics are currently in the process of nominating the winners of this year’s awards, who will be announced during the next edition of the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2020. This is the highest number of jury members for a film competition in the Arab world, in addition to the fact that the Critics' Awards for Arab Films is the first-of-its-kind event in the Arab world.

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“We’ve developed an annual strategy that aims to increase the number of critics participating from all over the world”, Maher Diab and Alaa Karkouti, founders of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), said. The newly joined critics come from different countries across five continents: Europe (Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Greece, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Ireland, Poland, Belarus, Chez Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia and The Netherlands), Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

The 4th edition of the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films includes a huge selection of Arab films produced in 2019 that can easily be viewed by the critics on Festival Scope Pro, sponsor of the Critics' Awards for the fourth year in a row, before sending their nominations of the best films and filmmakers to the Arab Cinema Center. The awards are given to the best Arab film productions every year in the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Actress and Best Actor. In order to be selected, the films must have been premiered at international film festivals outside of the Arab world during 2019, and at least one of the production companies must be Arab (regardless of the size of its contribution in the production of the film), in addition, the films must be feature-length films (fiction or documentary). Egyptian film critic Ahmed Shawky serves as manager.

Recently, the ACC also presented the first Arab Critics' Award for European Films to God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya [+see also:
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by Teona Strugar Mitevska, in collaboration with EFP (European Film Promotion) (read news).

List of critics appointed for nominating and selecting the winners of the Critics’ Awards for Arab Films (in alphabetical order):

Abdelkarim Ouakrim | Morocco, Abdelkrim Kadri| Algeria, Abdul Sattar Naji | Kuwait, Abraham Domínguez Belloso | Spain, Adam Kruk | Poland, Ahmed Shawky | Egypt, Akiko KOBARI | Japan, Alexandra Porshneva | Kazakhstan, Alexandros Romanos Lizardos | Greece, Ali Wajeeh | Syria, Alin TAŞÇIYAN | Turkey, Alissa Simon | USA, Amal Gamal | Egypt, Amber Wilkinson | UK, Anders Larsson | Sweden, Andrea Bosco | Italy, Andreea Patru | Spain, Romania, Andrei Vasilenko | Russia, Andrew Mohsen | Egypt, Anne-Christine Loranger | Canada, Barbara Głębicka-Giza | Poland, Bojidar Stefanov Manov | Bulgaria, Britt Sørensen | Norway, Carmen Gray | New Zealand, UK, Chang Pau | Korea, Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi |Italy, Chris Newbould | UK, UAE, Christos Skyllakos | Greece, Deborah Young | USA, Dita Rietuma | Latvia, Djia Mambu | Belgium, Dora Carpenter | Tunisia, UK, Dragan Rubeša | Croatia, Eduardo Guillot | Spain, Edvinas Pukšta |Lithuania, Elena Rubashevska | Ukraine, Erfan Rashid | Iraq, Italy, Ernesto Diezmartinez | Mexico, Essam Zakaria | Egypt, Fahad Alestsa | Saudi Arabia, Fionnuala Halligan | UK, Gautaman Bhaskaran | India, Giona A. Nazzaro | Switzerland, Giovanni Vimercati | Italy, György Báron | Hungary, Hammadi Gueroum| Morocco, Harri Römpötti | Finland, Hassan Haddad | Bahrain, Hassouna Mansouri | Tunisia, Hauvick Habéchian | Lebanon, Hind Mezaina | UAE, Houda Ibrahim | Lebanon, France, Husam Asi | Palestine, UK, Ibrahim Alariss | Lebanon, Ibrahim Haj Abdi | Syria, Ida Madsen Hestman | Norway, Ikbal Zalila | Tunisia, Irena Kotelovich | Belarus, Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau | France, James B. Evans | UK, Canada, Jay Weissberg | USA, Jean-Max MEJEAN | France, Jessica Kiang | Ireland, Jim Quilty | Canada, Beirut, Jon Asp | Sweden, José Romero | Perú, José Teodoro | Canada, Justine Smith |Canada, Kadhum Saloom| Iraq, Kais Kassem | Iraq, Sweden, Kaj van Zoelen |The Netherlands, Kaleem Aftab | UK, Karsten Kastenlan | Germany, Katharina Dockhorn | Germany, Khaled Mahmoud | Egypt, Khalid Ali | Sudan/UK, Khalil Demmoun| Morocco, Kirill Razlogov | Russia, Kiva Reardon | Canada, Lamia Guiga | Tunisia, Lili Hering | Germany, Switzerland, Madelyn Most-Davis | France, Madhu Eravankara | India, Magda Khirallah | Egypt, Mahdi Abbas | Iraq, Malik Berkati | Switzerland, Mante Valiunaite | Lithuania, Marc Adams | UK, Marco Lombardi| Italy, Mariana Hristova | Bulgaria, Martin Botha | South Africa, Massimo Lechi | Italy, Meena Karnik | India, Mohamed Allal | Algeria, Mohamed Atef | Egypt, Mohamed Benaziz | Morocco, Mohammed Chouika | Morocco, Mohammed Rouda | Lebanon, Müge Turan | Turkey, Murtada Elfadl | USA, Nabil Hadji | Algeria, Nada Azhari | Syria, Nadim Jarjoura | Lebanon, Nageh Hassan | Jordan, Narjes Torchani | Tunisia, Nidal Queshha | Syria, Nino Kovačić | Croatia, Ola Kamel Al-Sheikh | Palestine, UAE, Ola Shafey | Egypt, Olivier Barlet | France, Ossama Abdel Fattah | Egypt, Pamela Biénzobas | Chile, France, Pamela Hutchinson | UK, Paulo Portugal | Portugal, Pavlina Jeleva | Bulgaria, Peter Stuart Robinson| UK, Canada, Pragya Mishra | UK, Rachid Naim | Morocco, Ramy Abd El Razek | Egypt, Rasha Hosny | Egypt, Rita Di Santo | Italy, UK, Roberto Tirapelle | Italy, Ronnit Hasson | Sweden, Rubén Peralta Rigaud | Dominican Republic, USA, Sadia Khalid | Bangladesh, Safaa Elaisy | Egypt, Safaa Jibara Al-saleh| Iraq, UK, Sanjin Pejkovic | Sweden, Sharofat Arabova | Tajikistan, Sunchica Unevska Gvodenovikj | Macedonia, Susanne Gottlieb | Austria, Sydney J. Levine | USA, Tara Karajica | Serbia, Tarek Ben Chaabane | Tunisia, Tarek El Shinnawi | Egypt, Teresa Vena | Switzerland, Teréz Vincze | Hungary, Viera Langerová |Czech Republic, Slovakia, Wang Yao | China, Yousra Chikhawi | Tunisia, Yun-hua Chen| Taiwan, Ziad Khuzai |Iraq

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