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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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    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

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    Azza El Hosseiny

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    A PLATFORM FOR A NEW AFRICAN FILM MART TO CONNECT THE AFRICAN FILM TO THE REST OF THE WORLD

    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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    The festival has released the submission forms of its seventh edition competition which will take place from the 10th to the 22nd of march 2018. The festival will be receiving films starting the 1st of November and till the 20th of December, only films produced in 2017 by African directors will be accepted, except for the Freedoms Competition which is dedicated to the Egyptian journalist martyr Alhussaini abu deif.

    Mr. Sayed fouad the festival's president announced that this edition wil...

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    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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Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) collaborates with Cannes Festival (France) and Short Shorts (Japan)

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) collaborates with Cannes Festival (France) and Short Shorts (Japan)

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) collaborates with Cannes Festival (France) and Short Shorts (Japan)

  • Scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, LAFF's President, has announced that the festival, in its 5th edition and for the first time, will collaborate with internationally renowned film festivals to screen acclaimed short films.

    The selection will include short films from the 68th edition of Cannes Festival and the 10th edition of Short Shorts as part of the first aspects of collaboration with these two renowned festivals.

    In addition to these two presentations, the festival hosts French producer and lecturer Didier Boujard who will helm a master class for a number of young filmmakers focusing on the characteristics of short films and the ways to communicate with Cannes Festival and its selection standards.

    Film director Azza El-Husseiny, LAFF's executive director, also added that Japanese director Yasu Tanaka of Short Shorts Film Festival will also helm a workshop and lecture presenting selected group of shorts from this well-known festival that is considered a platform for Oscar nominated shorts from Asia. Among these films: Castillo and Armado (Brazil), Father (Tunisia) and Gold Watch (Sweden).

    As part of LAFF's final preparations, a meeting was held between LAFF's supreme committee and Helmy Namnam, the Egyptian minister of culture in order to finalize budgetary details and logistics as part of the support of the ministry of culture of the festival and the coordination with the ministries of tourism and youth. 

    LAFF is founded and organized by Independent Shabab Foundation for Support and Development with the sponsorship of the Egyptian ministries of Culture, Youth, Tourism and Foreign Affairs and in cooperation with Luxor Governorate and the Egyptian Film Syndicate. The 5th edition will take place 17-23 March, 2016.

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