A touring international short film forum that explores the human condition, from a well being and health perspective . It is the first of its kind in the MENA region.
Medfest EG is for everyone and anyone interested in unique and diverse films, that tell human stories where everyone feels included. The versatility of the genres creates a truly unique cinematic experience. The panel discussion encourages a dialogue where every voice is heard.
The Films of each edition of MEDFEST-EG have a certain theme, and are chosen
meticulously to reflect our vision.
Film Selection: The selection process is done through hunting unique award-winning films fitting the scope of every edition.
We bring the artistic and the educational experience of MedFest-EG far beyond film screenings, as we try to put together ideas and insights from different groups of healthcare professionals, filmmakers and the general public, in workshops directed towards healthcare awareness and filmmaking. The objective of the parallel program is to add more space for interaction and reflections based on the topics tackled in the film selection.
An initiative by Medfest EG to shed a light on the psychological well-being of actors, that will be hosted in collaboration with Gouna Film Festival this year.
January 2022 @Zawya Cinema - DownTown
(Postponed due to the COVID 19 – Pandemic) Moments edition is all about these "Moments" that shape our lives. Join us as we embark on a journey of these moments through a hand-picked selection of short films that are bound to leave you in awe 31 films exploring different moments of childhood and how they affect our journey to adulthood, raising issues of psychological and physical wellbeing, dynamics of childhood and parenthood.
The first Medfest EG edition came to the light in January and April of 2017, tackling mental health issues. Issues that have always been a part of the collective consciousness of communities. Whether spoken about at loud or shunned from public discussions, mental health has been and will always be a concern for us all. Despite the occurrence of global changes towards dealing with mental health, stigmas still exist and correctly dealing with them requires communication; that would always be our goal.
The female holds a special position in medicine and has always been an inspiration for art. They harbor life within their bodies and their journeys, health issues and societal problems involve and affect us all. We wanted to showcase films that offer an honest portrayal of what it means to be a female facing healthcare related issues in the modern world. We also initiated a parallel program to give a wider chance for interaction and reflection on the topics tackled in the selected films. There were 4 workshops conducted by Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Artists.
Across different generations that we have witnessed and belong to, child care has gone through many developments in terms of the modern age approach to child psychiatry, upbringing and disease management. We screened films that discuss children’s mental and physical health and the effects of family dynamics and upbringing on the children. We initiated an informed discussion, through film, about the little ones whose world is larger than we can ever imagine. Our goal was to extend our outreach to parents, educators and child facilitators.
a multi staged (around 5 month) Script writing and development workshop for healthcare providers and filmmakers. MedFest EG will work with one of the prominent professionals working in the field, Mahd Film lab and Ayman el Amir. We were aiming to engage participants from different goverantes to stimulate interaction and to develop stories that arise from their own environment. The workshop passed through several stages providing skills, exercises, menteroships, collective interactive sessions and one on one mentorship and through a structured elimination process, Finally giving grants to the best three scripts developed in the workshop to support the production. Through the workshop we created an organic platform for interaction between the stories of the health care providers, medical students and young filmmakers to be able to produce and develop high artistic quality scripts , with a possibility of producing those films in a later stage that can apply and participate in national and international film festivals. So we stimulated a dialogue about art and health, translating this into an artistic entertaining dramatic format. Developing the skills of young Script writers and the involvement of other professions in the art and cultural filed, have created a mutual benefit for both filmmaking related professions and the health and medically related professions.
About Gender Based Violence.
“Online Campaign with the hashtag #Not_Ok مش-عادي #” , which include:
1- Publishing celebrities portraits, wearing face mask with the hashtag #Not_Ok. As Laila Elwi, Amina Khalil, Omar El Shenawy, Sherif Nour Eldin, Mariam El Khosht, Tara Emad and Other celebs. Also ordinary people as well as medical & nursing students.
2- Online films screening & discussion, of outstanding quality followed by a discussion between a health care provider and an artist of the film industry or world, exploring different angles about the topic and the film. And to stimulate social discussions and raise awareness about the points mentioned above. As well as a constructive debate and discussion about GBV and family health and the effect of having physical and psychological healthy families on the society.
3- Shooting short Videos of real stories of GBV, told as a thank you letter from the victims to the person that helped her to stop the violence.