• Who Are We

    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.

    Read More

    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 .

    Read More

    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...

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Past Editions
  • 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

    View Full List

2014 Edition's JURY PRESIDENT Souleymane Cissé

JURY PRESIDENT Souleymane Cissé

JURY PRESIDENT Souleymane Cissé

  • Section :Long Narrative
  • Filmmaker 

    Mali

    A passionate cinéphile from childhood, he attended secondary school in Dakar and returned to Mali in 1960 after its national independence. His film career began as an assistant projectionist for a documentary on the arrest of Patrice Lumumba. This triggered his desire to create films of his own, so he obtained a scholarship to the Moscow school of Cinema and Television. In 1970, he returned to Mali once more, and joined the Ministry of Information as a cameraman, where he produced documentaries and short films. In 1972, he directed his first medium-length film, Cinq jours d’une vie (Five Days in a Life), which tells the story of a young man who becomes a thief living on the street. The film premiered at the Carthage Film Festival. In 1974, he directed his first full-length film in the Bambara language, Den muso (The Girl), the story of a young mute girl who has been raped. In 1978, Cissé directed Baara (Work), which received the Yenenga's Talon prize at FESPACO in 1979. In 1982, he directed Finyé (Wind), which tells the story of Malian youth rising up against the establishment. This earned him his second Yenenga's Talon, at 1983's FESPACO. Between 1984 and 1987, he directed Yeelen (Light), a coming-of-age film which won the Jury Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. In 1995, he produced Waati (Time) which competed for the Palme d'Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Cissé is also president of UCECAO, the Union of Creators and Entrepreneurs of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts of Western Africa.

Latest News