• Who Are We

    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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    Board of Trustees

    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    President Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    Azza El Hosseiny

    Treasurer 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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The Opening of the 7th edition of Luxor African film festival

The Opening of the 7th edition of Luxor African film festival

The Opening of the 7th edition of Luxor African film festival

  • In an atmosphere full of charm and fascination, the 6th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF2017) started yesterday.

    The ceremony began with a performance of the Egyptian singer Amira Reda who presented several famous songs in Arabic, French and English tongues. Soon after that, several folkloric troupes from Aswan, Nubba and Toshka presented shows from the traditional folklore. The audience were very excited by the show organized and directed by the Mr. Khaled Galal

    Mr Hassan Khalaf, head of the minister of culture bureau addressed the speech of the Minister and announced the beginning of the 6th edition’s activities.

    In his speech, Mr. Mohamed Badr the Luxor Governor said that this current edition of LAFF is very distinguished as it honors the memory of the late Egyptian megastar Mahmoud Abd El Aziz who was very devoted to support the festival during the previous editions. His son the director Mohamed Mahmoud Abd el Aziz attended the tribute ceremony and offered his father’s tribute to the Egyptian Army as his father used to do in all previous events

    The ceremony included a speech for the festival’s godfather – the winning award filmmaker Haile Gerima who conducts the festival’s workshop for the 5th consecutive edition. Haile sent greetings to Sayed Fouad and Azza El Hosseiny who took a big responsibility on running this festival although all financial problems and major obstacles.

    In this current edition the festival honors the Mauritanian winning award filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, and the Egyptian filmmaker Youssri Nassrallah who addressed thankful speeches to the festival and their supporters along their careers.

    After that, the presenter Jasmin taha zaki announced the names of the juries’ members of the four competitions of the festival who took memorial photos with the presence of the Governor and the Minister of culture representative.

    The festival who started yesterday lasts till the 22nd of March, with different activities including workshops, seminars, and open discussions beside the shows that will take place in the Luxor public library, the conference hall, the cultural palace and the rowing club.

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