Film week is when a group of films that bear a specific common link is shown, such as films showcasing a certain country, director, or topic. The films displayed are highly appraised and artistic movies. Film week takes place three weeks out of every year. Filmmakers are invited to attend and engage with the audience after the show, making room for the local audience to participate in a cultural dialogue with the most prominent Arab artists and directors.
The first film week was organized in 1992, and over the years more than 50 film weeks were held in partnership with diplomatic associations and Arab and international cultural centers, such as the National Center for Cinema in Egypt, the General Film Organization in Syria, the National Center for Cinema in Morocco, the French Cultural Center, Goethe-Institut, Russian Cultural Center, and others. Film weeks were also prearranged for important directors, such as Syrian director Muhammad Malas, Egyptian director Daoud Abdel Sayed, Palestinian director Michel Khleifi, and others.