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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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    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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    Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    President Sayed Fouad El-Gennary

    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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    Luxor African film Festival launches its call for entries for its eighth edition. The Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hemida is appointed honorary president and Tunisia as guest of honor. 

    LAFF is accpeting applications for particiaption in its different sections held from 10 to 21 March 2019. The festival is accepting films from 15 September to 20 December 2018. 

    Participating films must be produced in 2018 by African directors, from inside or...

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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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FESPACO book in LAFF 2015

FESPACO book in LAFF 2015

FESPACO book in LAFF 2015

  • LAFF held a seminar about FESPACO book by Colin Dubré , moderated by Aly Aboushady with the presence of Gnama Henri Bacye, Burkina Faso Ambassador to Egypt, Head of FESPACO Adriouma Soma, Senegalese critic Thierno Ibrahima and the book author.

    Aboushady started by explaining the book importance among book revolving around festivals’ history. FESPACO, being one of the most important African film festivals, is connected to the sociopolitical changes throughout history in Burkina Faso and how the festival is placed on top of the state’s plan throughout the years since 1972.

    Aboushady also added that he considers that this book is a deep research document. He also hoped that an Egyptian critic can create one day another similar book about Cairo Festival.

    Dubré, the book author, also revealed that he completed the book in four year without no intentions of making a political book. But the more he researched in Burkinabe history, the more he discovered the correlation of FESPACO to the state of Burkina with as Pan-African vision.

    Ibrahima also shed the lights on the importance that FESPACO hold for critics since its first edition and also quoted the head of African Federation of Film Critics who said that a film dies if it not criticized or written about.

    Gnama Henri Bacye, Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Egypt, also intervened by revealing that he haven’t read the book yet but he grew up knowing about FESPACO since his childhood that is not a festival only but also a political event. He also thanked LAFF for receiving FESPACO and Burkina Faso as guest of honor, which will be the milestone for more collaboration between Egypt and whole Africa.

    Ardiouma Soma, FESPACO head, stated that FESPACO began as an idea between African filmmakers who wanted to reach out for audience across the streets because African films used to play only in French Centers.

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