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.