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Simone Massi to be Honoured with Golden Pyramid at CIFF

The legendary Italian animator will be the first artist in his discipline to be awarded Cairo International Film Festival's Naguib Mahfouz Lifetime Achievement Award. Get acquainted with his style...

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Simone Massi to be Honoured with Golden Pyramid at CIFF

Anticipation for the 36th installment of the Cairo International Film Festival continues to grow, as the festival announces it will be honouring Italian animator Simone Massi. Running through the November 9th - 18th, the Cairo International Film Festival will be featuring a plethora of international films under Oscar Consideration, and have announced that this year winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Lifetime Achievement Award (The Golden Pyramid) will be none other than the amazingly talented Simone Massi.

In previous years the festival has given the same honours to the likes of Moroccan filmmaker Noureddin Sail, German director Volker Schlondorff, French auteur Jack Lang, and Egyptian actress Nadia Lotfy. However, this will mark the first time the award will honour an animator. 

Simone Massi has been around for decades, breaking new grounds in stop motion animation. Since his debut in 1995, this internationally recognised artist has garnered over 200 awards in major festivals both in and out of Italy, and will be adding the Golden Pyramid to his long list of accomplishments.

Forging a unique style of drawing everything by hand using pencils, charcoal, pastels, and graphite, Massi brings life to his breathtaking art without the use of computers, giving his extraordinary serious vibrancy through painstaking efforts. His latest work, The Wait of May, will be screened on opening night of CIFF, and will be one not to miss for any fans of mind-blowing stop motion animation.

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