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    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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    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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    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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    * Lebleba: I'm proud to be payed tribute in my home country in appreciation of my long career in the arts, and I thank LAFF.

    * Asser Yassine: My tribute at LAFF is a very pleasant surprise.

    Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) has revealed the names of the stars who will be payed tribute during its 8th edition, held 15 – 21 March. Screenwriter Sayed Fouad, founder of LAFF announced: Tributes during the upcoming edition of Egyptian Stars will include the superstar Leble...

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    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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The African Luxor Festival (LAFF) maintains its tradition and commitment to young African filmmakers, in terms of film training, through its various workshops. LAFF has chosen, for its eighth edition,

The African Luxor Festival (LAFF) maintains its tradition and commitment to young African filmmakers, in terms of film training, through its various workshops. LAFF has chosen, for its eighth edition,

The African Luxor Festival (LAFF) maintains its tradition and commitment to young African filmmakers, in terms of film training, through its various workshops. LAFF has chosen, for its eighth edition,

  • The first workshops began at LAFF in 2012 under the supervision of directors such as Samir Seif, Reda EL Bahi, well known DOP, Kamal Abdel Azize and screenwriter Hani Fawzi. Then this workshop became the milestone of LAFF under the tutelage of the renowned Ethiopian director Haile Gerima for several editions. And it is the Egyptian director Khairi Beshara who took over for the last edition.

    Saad Hendawy said he will transmit to the students of the workshop, his know-how in short film production, training and teach them how to face and overcome the various obstacles that young filmmakers of the continent may encounter. The main idea of the workshop is to make a movie on a single day, a single place and in one shot.

    Saad Hendawy graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo, department of . He continued, for two years, postgraduate studies. He has directed 4 long narrative films: "Love has a story- Paparazzi" 2015, "Serial Killer " 2009, "The Seven Colors of Heaven" 2007, "state of love" 2004. He realized two TV serials "Secret word" and "Very good". His repertoire also includes two long documentaries "Doaa ... Aziza" 2012 and "Private File" 2008.

    In the field of teaching and workshops, he has taught in several places, including "First Step Workshop" and a month-long workshop in Oman. He also taught at  « Raafat Al Mehy» Film School and the Art Lab Institute. He has contributed to the organization of festivals around the world. Hendawy was the artistic director, for three consecutive years, of the "Cinema of Tomorrow" competition at Cairo International Film Festival. He has been a consultant and programmer for Dubai International Film Festival, adviser to the International Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France, consultant and programmer for Locarno Short Film Festival in Switzerland.

    Saad Hindawi has also participated in the juries of many Arab and international festivals. Several of his films have won awards, including "Doaa .. Aziza" : Special Jury Prize at the Tétouan Festival in Morocco in 2014, the Nile Grand Prix for Best Feature Documentary at the Luxor Film Festival of Luxor. He won the Best Director Award for "The Seven Colors of Heaven" at the National Film Festival. And the Best Film Award of the Film Association for "state of love". "An Ordinary Sunday" won the Silver Tanit at the JCC in Tunisia.

    The Luxor African Film Festival is organized by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) with an exclusive media sponsorship of the dmc television channels and the support of the Ministries of Culture, Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Youth and the National Bank of Egypt in cooperation with the Luxor Governorate and the Film Syndicate.

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