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.
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 .
In a glorious night at the Karnack temple, the sixth edition of Luxor African film festival has reached her final day with a big ceremony. The minister of antiquities , the governor of Luxor and the representative of the minister of culture attended the ceremony that started by honoring the Moroccan actor Mohamed Miftah and the Egyptian star Nelly Karim.
The festival president , scriptwriter Sayed fouad addressed a speech in which he hoped that the next edition will be under the a
(Egypt in the heart of Africa) is the slogan of the fifth edition of the Luxor African Film Festival, with Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama appearing on the motivational poster
During the opening ceremony, Claudia Cardinale, Danny Glover and the movie hero of Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran will give their personal testimony of Omar Sharif.
Sayed Fouad, scriptwriter and president of the Luxor African Film Festival said the fifth edition of the festival will run from 17 to March 23, 2016. Fouad also unveiled the poster of the festival showing Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama in a snapshot of the movie "Clash in the valley" directed by Youssef Chahine and which was filmed in Luxor in 1954.The poster was designed by Ahmed Siam. Many contemporaries of Omar Sharif have been invited to the opening ceremony, including Claudia Cardinale, Danny Glover and Pierre Boulanger, movie hero of "Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran”
From her side, director Azza Elhosseiny announced that the reception of films participating in the fifth edition will begin August 15 and will run until December 15, 2015 and the films selected for the competitions will be announced on 1st January 2016. The fifth edition of LAFF marks the sustainability of the festival presenting many artistic innovations.
LAFF is an initiative of the Young Independent Artists Foundation. It is backed by the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Foreign Affairs and with the collaboration of the Syndicate of film professionals and the Governorate of Luxor.