The 36th Cairo International Film Festival launched Sunday night at the Salah El din Citadel on Mokattam hill near center of Cairo.

The festival opening was attended by Egypt’s Culture Minister Gaber Asfour and Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou besides a number of Egyptian Actors and critics likes; Elham Shahen Somia Al-Khashab and Laila Olwy. Egypt is represented by the film ‘Bab Al-Wadaa’ (The Farewell Door) a silent feature film directed by Karim Hanafi.

The festival, ongoing until November 18, will host a large number of Egyptian, Arab and international actors and artists. It will be attended by Egypt’s Culture Minister Gaber Asfour and Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou.

Sixteen films are competing for the festival’s International Award, representing 14 countries. Egypt is represented by the film “Bab al-Wadaa” (The Farewell Door), a silent feature film directed by Karim Hanafi.