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    Independent Shabab Foundation

    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.

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    Why Luxor City?

    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 .

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    Board of Trustees

    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    President Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    Azza El Hosseiny

    Treasurer Azza El Hosseiny

  • Festival
  • ETISAL Fund

    Activity

    A PLATFORM FOR A NEW AFRICAN FILM MART TO CONNECT THE AFRICAN FILM TO THE REST OF THE WORLD

    ETISAL’s mission is to provide to the needs of young African filmmakers in expressing freely their skills and talents through filmmaking and promote their work globally.

    African short films is a “life savior” of young filmmakers (Aged between 18-30 of both genders) who are marginalized in terms of production and distribution. Although young filmmakers rep...

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  • Press Zone

    Latest News

    Luxor African film Festival launches its call for entries for its eighth edition. The Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hemida is appointed honorary president and Tunisia as guest of honor. 

    LAFF is accpeting applications for particiaption in its different sections held from 10 to 21 March 2019. The festival is accepting films from 15 September to 20 December 2018. 

    Participating films must be produced in 2018 by African directors, from inside or...

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  • African Cinematheque
  • LAFF Publications

    Books

    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

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2013 Edition's Samir Farid

Samir Farid

Samir Farid

  • Film Critic-Egypt

    Born 1943 in Cairo, he graduated from the Department of Criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts (1965). Worked as a journalist and film critic at Al-Gomyoreya Newspaper (1964). Dean of Arab critics.

    Taught Contemporary Cinema Courses at the Department of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Cinema (1991). Has more than 30 books on Egyptian cinema and more than 15 books on its silent history in addition to comprehensive bibliographies.

    Published three books on the Arab-Zionist conflict in film and Zionist cinema as well as Cinema in Occupied Territories and more than 10 books on European and American cinema, and four dictionaries for cinema of EU countries, and four magazines about Arab and international cinema.

    Assembled film programs in more than 12 festivals, and participated in the juries in more than 15 Egyptian festivals, regionally and internationally. Received the State Award for Excellence in the Arts of the Supreme Council for Culture (2002). First Arab critic to win the gold medal from Cannes Film Festival (2000). Claimed the prize of excellence in the arts (2002) and the Lifetime Achievement Award in cinema writings of Osian Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema (2012).

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