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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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    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.

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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.

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    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

    Chronology of Egyptian cinema

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

    The Fespaco, A Matter of State

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    Khaled Saleh ... originally confectioner

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Low Budget Film Production Workshop (From Screenwriting to Directing) 8th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) 10 – 21 March 2019 Making 15 Films in 10 Days

Low Budget Film Production Workshop (From Screenwriting to Directing) 8th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) 10 – 21 March 2019 Making 15 Films in 10 Days

Regulations and applying eligibility: 

LAFF’s workshop for production of low budget films aims to develop the skills and talents of young filmmakers in low budget yet high quality production. Moreover, it aims to fortify cultural and human bridges among rising African filmmakers and to support film coproduction under the supervision of African professional filmmakers.

Egyptian Filmmakers Saad Hendawy will be leading the workshops for the 8th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival. The Art of Low Budget Filmmaking workshop will provide a forum for Egyptian Filmmakers to share and pass their lifetime experience as a filmmaker to the future generation of African filmmakers.

The workshop will provide basic introductory coursework that is important to the craft of storytelling. A great emphasis is put on the idea of developing a culture of creating innovative cinema. It stresses the value of cultural identity in the future transformation of African cinema.

Furthermore, the workshop deals with critical aspect of empowering the individual filmmaker from his or her collective experiential culture. Select films will be screened in order to illustrate the overall philosophical base of the workshop.

-Finished films of the workshop will be screened one day before the closing ceremony of the 8th edition of the festival. These films are property of Luxor African Film Festival and its Etisal Fund. The Luxor African Film Festival will be signing contracts with the accepted applicants to hold the rights of the festival in the films produced during the workshops.

-Luxor African Film Festival will handle the two-way travel and accommodation and transportation for the accepted applications.

-Priority is given to applicants who hold African citizenship and are residents of African lands.

-Priority is given to applicants who are students/graduates from any accredited school/institute of cinema or freelancers in the fields of (film directing& screenplay).

-Previous experience in at least 1 COMPLETE work is required (Feature film /Documentary-Long/short movie ).
The applicant must attach links of his previous work with his application form.

-The applicant must not be over 27 years old in January 2019.

-Each applicant must have an idea for a short movie (2-5 mins.) to be filmed in (1-2days) in Luxor.

-Applicants are required to attend all scheduled field trips, lectures and film screenings. Absence and lateness will not be tolerated. Any violation to attendance rules may result in termination of applicant from the workshop. The applicant’s accommodation will be cancelled and his flight ticket will be rescheduled.

-The overall selection process is based more on demonstrated passion, experience and the ideas the applicants present.
Chosen applicants will be provided with more information, follow up instruction and rules.

To Apply For The Workshop, Click Here

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