and A Certain Kind of Silence
were among the European movies awarded during the 41st edition of the Ciff, as the event attained Oscar-qualifying status. Before the 41st Cairo International Film Festival (Ciff) announced its award winners, the event received a distinction from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
: Oscar-qualifying film-festival status. From now on, any short film that wins Cairo’s Cinema of Tomorrow competition will be eligible for consideration in two Oscar categories: Animated and Live-action Short Film. This year, the opportunity was given to Ambience by Wisam Al Jafari
(Palestine), which scooped the Youssef Chahine
Award for Best Short Film. The International Competition Jury, led by Stephen Gaghan
, decided to give the top recognition, the Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film, to I Am No Longer Here by Fernando Frias
(Mexico/USA), which revolves around a 17-year-old boy who has to leave his native Mexico.