The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is one of ISF’s projects. It was the writer Sayed Fouad’s idea, as the African films are almost not screened in Egypt. Furthermore, Luxor hardly has any cultural or artistic events, and was therefore selected to de-centralize cultural or artistic events always oraginzed in Cairo and Alexandria.
Though Luxor is the largest open-air museum in the world it was lacking artistic festivals. Its geographical position - in the very heart of Upper Egypt and hence closer to the rest of the African continent - gives the historic city a unique advantage .
In a glorious night at the Karnack temple, the sixth edition of Luxor African film festival has reached her final day with a big ceremony. The minister of antiquities , the governor of Luxor and the representative of the minister of culture attended the ceremony that started by honoring the Moroccan actor Mohamed Miftah and the Egyptian star Nelly Karim.
The festival president , scriptwriter Sayed fouad addressed a speech in which he hoped that the next edition will be under the a
After starting as electrician and assistant director, he shot his first short in 1987 and followed it up in 1991 with his first long narrative TOUBAB-BI that received several international awards. In 1997, Touré directed TGV with Makéna Diop that became a box office success across Africa. By the turn of the century, Touré had shot over ten projects spanning shorts, documentaries and narratives. In 2011, he was Jury President for the Documentary Competition at FESPACO. His film LA PIROGUE was screened at Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Festival 2012.