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
Confederate Prize for criticism to the Moroccan film “starve your dog” and the film Nigerian "Mona" awarded best feature film and Egypt got awarded for best documentary short and long.
Luxor African Film Festival Awards of the fifth session were announced at the Luxor conference hall during a press conference this morning in the presence of some members of the different juries of the festival, and the awards were as follows:
Long feature competition
Grand Nile Prize for Best Long Narrative (the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen): Mona (Nigeria) by Anthony Abuah
The Jury Prize (the Silver Mask of Tutankhamen): WITHOUT REGRET (Ivory Caost) by Jacques Trabi
Best Artistic Achievement (A Certificate of Appreciation and the Bronze Mask of Tutankhamen: FREE STATE (South Africa) by Sallas De Jager
Special mention form the Jury to the film “Reveries of a solitary actor” by Hamid bin Emara – Algeria
Second special mention from the Jury to the film “Starve your dog” by Hisham Lassri – Morocco
Long documentaries competition
Grand Nile Prize for Best Long Documentary (the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen): WE HAVE NEVER BEEN KIDS” (Egypt) by Mahmoud Soliman
Jury Prize (the Silver Mask of Tutankhamen): SEMBENE (Senegal) by Samba Gadjigo and Jason silverman
Best Artistic Achievement (A Certificate of Appreciation and the Bronze Mask of Tutankhamen): ROUDNABOUT IN MY HEAD (Algeria) by Hassan Farhani
Short film Competition
Grand Nile Prize for Best Short Narrative (the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen): STRANDED (Tunisia) by Jamil najjar
Grand Nile Prize for Best Short Documentary (the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen): AIDA (Egypt) by Maysoon El-Masry
Student film competition Award for Best Student Film (the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen): " JOY" - Nigeria" by Solomon Onita
Best Artistic Achievement for a director of a student film (the silver Mask of Tutankhamen) : "OSWENKA" by Noundumiso Buthelezi – South Africa
Independent Shabab Foundation
Independent Shabab Foundation granted Radwan El- Kashef Prize for best film reflecting African issues to : " White faces "by Robert Katoggo - Uganda
Freedom Film competition
Al-Husseiny Abou-Deif Prize for Best Freedom Film (the Golden Mask of Tutankhamen): TO THE FOREST OF CLOUDS (France) by Robin Hunzinger
Special Mention “SAC LA MORT" - Emmanuel Parraud – France
Special Mention 2 “Man who fixes women” by Thierry Michel – Belgium
The African Federation for cinematographic critic Award to STARVE YOUR DOG– by Hicham Lasri – Morocco