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
The 6th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) closes film reception mid-December and workshop submission in end of December
Scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, LAFF president, said that the festival will close the film reception for its 6th edition (March 2017) on December 15. He also added that LAFF received so far 256 films (fiction / documentary / short). The selection committee headed by scriptwriter Ateya El-Dardeery and the membership of directors Ahmed Rashwan and Mohamed Kamel; writer Naglaa El-Hediny; film critics Farouk Abdel-Khalik and Sherif Awad and Mostafa Hany is completing its viewing that began early October 2016.
Director Azza al-Husseiny LAFF director said that the festival management continues to receive submission for the low-budget filmmaking workshop managed by Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima until December 31, 2016. LAFF received 22 applications from different African countries so far.
LAFF’s workshop will start on March 10, 2017 and its official opening ceremony on March 16, 2017 at the Habu Temple on Luxor’s West Bank.