• 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

    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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  • 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 Yemane Demissie

Yemane Demissie

Yemane Demissie

  • Section :Long Narrative
  • Filmmaker


    Award-winning independent filmmaker who, in 2009, directed, produced and edited Dead Weight, a long narrative, and Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie, a long documentary. After Tumult, his first long narrative that was screened at over 40 international film festivals, he edited and co-produced the 2013 Asni, a long documentary about Asnaketch Worku, the preeminent actor and singer who dominated the Ethiopian stage and airwaves between the mid 1950s and early 2000s.

    Demissie is currently in postproduction of The Quantum Leapers: Ethiopia 1930-1975, a

    social history documentary series on the Emperor Haile Selassie era. He is also developing …And Then the Rains Return, a narrative feature set in Ethiopia during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

    Demissie is also an associate professor at New York University where he teaches narrative and documentary production, screenwriting and directing.

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