Many Egyptian and foreign actors were present for the opening night.
The week-long festival will screen 65 films, including 11 world premieres, and feature multiple workshops and panels.
Organizers overcame numerous challenges to organize the event.
To encourage social distancing, attendance was cut by 50% for both indoor and outdoor festival venues.
Intishal al Timimi, GFF director, said organizing this year’s festival was challenging, and revealed that some 20 attendees were prevented from flying because they tested positive for the virus.
“Yes, there are fears, but there is also a huge desire for a lot of people to come to the festival and be part of the experience,” said Timimi.
As one of the leading events in the Middle East, the GFF aims to showcase a wide variety of films while fostering better communication between cultures through films.
Organizers are hopeful that the 2020 festival will see the same success as the previous ones.
The film industry worldwide is expected to experience a slump in activity because of the pandemic.