Festivals offer an exciting opportunity to become acquainted with world cinema. As film critics, it is our interest and pleasure to support national cinema in all its forms and diversity, considering it an important part of national culture and identity.
We do this by writing on cinema, in newspapers or specialized magazines, on radio and television or the Internet. And we do it by awarding the best of them the “Prize of the International Critics” (FIPRESCI Prize). This prize is established at international film festivals, and its aim is to promote film art and to particularly encourage new and young cinema.
FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has been in existence for more than 70 years. The basic purpose of the organization, which now has members in more than 60 countries all over the world, is to support cinema as an art and as an outstanding and autonomous means of expression. FIPRESCI also organizes conferences and seminars. We are cooperating with the European Film Academy (FIPRESCI Prize for a first film) and present our own Best Film of the Year. We’re involved in initiatives such as the Berlinale Talent Campus, to train young critics.
On the map of our cinema activities, one region is underrepresented if not missing: Arab cinema. We see the films invited by the major festivals. We guess and know that there’s much more worthy of being discovered. Therefore, we welcome the offer to come with a jury to Abu Dhabi, where our jury colleagues will focus on Arab films in the Narrative and Documentary Feature Competitions and the New Horizons / Afaq Jadida Competition.
The Festival offers also a welcome opportunity to meet our colleagues, critics from Arab countries. We miss them in our organization.
FIPRESCI, General Secretary
FIPRESCI jurors at ADFF:
Gyôrgy Báron, Hungary
Adnan Madanat, Jordan
Andrea Martini, Italy
Mohamed El Rouby, Egypt
Abdel Sataar Naji, Kuwait.