Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) launches the FACTORY project to support female directors in Africa and the Middle East

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) launches the FACTORY project to support female directors in Africa and the Middle East

January 20, 2022

The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is launching a new project entitled FACTORY during its eleventh edition taking place 4-10 March 2022.

The initiative will be supporting female directors from Africa and the Middle East as LAFF administration knows the importance of shedding the lights on them and their roles in creating films in our region (specially documentaries) where they face lot of challenges finalize their first or second film works. 

Therefore, LAFF will be supporting 7 to 9  long films, as well as developing, training, and supporting psychologically these young female directors, by benefiting from the experiences of 5 established filmmakers participating in the project in order to enhance a sense of safety and confidence through workshops specially prepared for this project by experts from Africa, Europe and America.

Azza Elhosseiny, LAFF Director, and project founder confirmed that the new edition will invite a group of leading women directors in documentary cinema to host discussions, along with film screenings directed by leading African female documentary filmmakers in Africa.

The participating in FACTORY projects will be selected by the Festival management and the Factory director, Kawthar Younis, an Egyptian director who studied filmmaking at the Cairo Higher Film Institute. Her most prominent long documentary debut" A Gift from the Past" was widely praised by critics in various local and international film festivals. Kawthar currently produces and directs, short and long films, in addition TV commercials. She is one of the founders of the RAWEYAT (SHE-NARRATORS), an initiative that was co-founded by emerging female directors from the Middle East, North Africa and diaspora, that aims of to create a new scene at the level of the region and beyond. As the initiative grows, their founders will seek the generation spaces for communication. 

The FACTORY complete program featuring its film screenings, discussions and projects under devolvement by female filmmakers will soon be announced.

LAFF is organized by the Independent Shabab Foundation under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Foreign Affairs, with the National Bank of Egypt and other partners.