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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

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  • 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

    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


    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 Tarek El-Shennawy

Tarek El-Shennawy

Tarek El-Shennawy

  • Section :Freedom Films
  • Film Critic


    He has published more than ten books including: “Directors of the 80s, the Dream and the Reality,” “The Cinema and a Little of Politics,” “The Years of Laughter in the Egyptian Cinema,” “Gaalouni Mokhregan - (They Made Me A Director), “” Actress Who Does Not Know Makeup “ and “I, Suffering and Oum Kalthoum” ... and more.

    He received several awards, including the best critical article by the union of journalists and film associations. From 1987 to 1997, he led the Cine Cub and the artistic activity at the Journalists Syndicate. El-Shennawy

    has also chaired or participated in more than a film festival such as of Muscat, Wahran, Ennaba, Alexandria, Osian and others.

    He began his work as a film critic 25 years ago in the magazine Rose El Youssef. Currently, he writes for several newspapers and magazines such as the daily El Tahrir, the electronic newspaper El Dostour, the Arab newspaper El Shark El Awsat, the weekly Sot El Omma, , in addition to some electronic sites such as Aljazeera.Net, MBC and Masrawy.

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