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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



    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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    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 Naguib Sawiris

Naguib Sawiris

Naguib Sawiris

  • Chairman – Weather Investments II

    Executive Chairman - Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding

    Founder - Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E.

    Chairman – La Mancha Inc.

    Non-Executive Chairman – Accelero Capital

    Naguib Sawiris is Chairman of the Board of Weather Investments II S.à r.l, La Mancha Resources Inc.’s parent company and is also the Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E. (OTMT)

    He founded Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) and led it to become the leading regional telecom player until the much publicized merger deal with Vimpelcom Ltd, creating the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider in April 2011.

    As part of the merger deal, Mr. Sawiris has spun off Orascom Telecom’s non-gsm operations and Egyptian-based telecom assets into OTMT of which he is currently Executive Chairman.

    At international and regional levels, Mr. Sawiris serves on a number of Boards, Committees and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the Supreme Council for Sciences and Technology in Egypt, and the Arab Thought Foundation.

    On the wake of the Egyptian revolution of January 2011, Mr. Sawiris, an avid advocate of democracy and pluralism, has called for the foundation of the Free Egyptians Party (Al Masreyeen Al Ahrrar), the first and most dynamic liberal party to form in Egypt after the revolution.

    Mr. Sawiris is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including the “Legion d’honneur” (the highest award given by the French Republic) and the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award (for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecommunication, investments and social sector work)

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