• 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.

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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



    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

    * Lebleba: I'm proud to be payed tribute in my home country in appreciation of my long career in the arts, and I thank LAFF.

    * Asser Yassine: My tribute at LAFF is a very pleasant surprise.

    Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) has revealed the names of the stars who will be payed tribute during its 8th edition, held 15 – 21 March. Screenwriter Sayed Fouad, founder of LAFF announced: Tributes during the upcoming edition of Egyptian Stars will include the superstar Leble...

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  • Past Editions
  • African Cinematheque
  • LAFF Publications


    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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2015 Edition's Catalogue

Sayed Fouad

Five Years

Five years where the Luxor African Film Festival has instilled the seeds of Africa cinema that it brought from all the parts of our beloved continent to plant them in the great land of Egypt, on the banks of the historic city of Luxor, the matrix of the Pharaonic renewable energy, returning the glitter to the relationship between Egypt and the mother continent. Five years made the term “African Cinema” becoming an Egyptian slang that gathers filmmakers and film fans from all African countries...

Here is the respected Sheikh of Luxor Mosque speaks in the Friday sermon about the importance of African cinema and also thanking the festival’s team for its role in culture and tourism...

Five years, during which all the lovers of the seventh art in Africa and the whole world are watching from year to year this African warm ceremony that united the people of the creative continent in arts, heritage and life...

Five years, during which the festival’s team make strenuous efforts to establish the value of the cinema in the hearts of all the people of the north and south of the continent and to strengthen the position of African cinema in international festivals...

Five years, during which stars of of African cinema likes of Haile Gerima, Souleymane Cissé, Abderrahmane Sissako, Shadi Abdel Salam, Merzak Allouache, Yussra, Naky Sy Savané, Mahmoud Hamida, Moussa Touré, are now known to common people across African streets…

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the establishment and development of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) and warm welcomes to everyone in the arms of the Nile in Luxor flowing from across Africa to the land of the great pharaohs in North Africa...

Scriptwriter Sayed Fouad

President of Luxor African Film Festival

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