Bichara Shoukry‘s film, “Warqet Shagar” has won the Best Expressionist Award at the Retro Avant Garde Film Festival (RAGFF) held in Venice.
Produced by the Egyptian Film Center, the short film “revolves around a girl called Salma, recalling memories of the past and trying to revive them. As she does, the spectators discover Salma herself is only a memory.”
The short film whose production was supervised by Manar Hosny on behalf of the Egyptian Film Center has made quite a splash since its release and an award in the bag is definitely a plus for the filmmaker involved as well as the Egyptian Film Center that produced the film.
The Retro Avant Garde Film Festival (RAGFF) screens short films and documentaries that are not more than 40 minutes in length and awards prizes for the ones that stand out.
Other winners at this year’s festival include Slawomir Milewski‘s “Nostalgia for Existing Without Delay” for Best Feature Film, “Diva” won award for the Best Short Film, “New Faustian World” by Piero Passaro won the award for Best Documentary Short Film.
Other awards won include the Best Drama Short film award won by Canadian filmmaker, Jeremy Comte‘s film, “Fauve” as well as “Everything Is Cinema” made by Italian filmmaker, Gianni Aureli.