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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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    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.

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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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Press Release for the 6th sixth edition of Luxor African Film Festival

Press Release for the 6th sixth edition of Luxor African Film Festival

Press Release for the 6th sixth edition of Luxor African Film Festival

  • With the attendance of Youssra, Hala Sidqi, Sabri Fawaz, Bushra, Mohei Ismail, Dr. Mohamed El-Adl, Gabi Khoury and Youssef El-Qaeed

    Egyptian stars announce details of the 6th sixth edition of Luxor African Film Festival; Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is one of the honorary guests of the edition  

    Tributes to Sissako, Ngangura and Nelly Karim; edition by the name of late star Mahmoud Abdel Aziz; and dedication to the names of Taheya Carioca and Kalthoum Bornaz

    In the presence of ambassadors and diplomats of African countries including Ambassador Ahmed Fadel Jacob, Assistant to the Foreign Minister for Sudan and South Sudan affairs; Ambassador Hatem Hassoubah, director of African Horn affairs; Ambassador Ahmed Tazi, ambassador of Morocco, Gnama Henri, ambassador of Burkina Faso; Dr. Khalid Abdel-Galil, adviser to the Minister of Culture and many stars of Egypt have participated in the press conference to announce 6th edition details of Luxor African Film Festival, March 10-22, 2017

    The conference started with the Egyptian national anthem that was followed by video reports about the previous five editions. Festival’s president Sayed Fouad then spoke and asked the attendees for a moment of silence for the passing away of both Egyptian film director Dr. Mohamed Kamel El-Qaliobi and film editor Maged Habashi (one of LAFF’s staff). Fouad pointed to the number of films that have reached the festival's office reaching 580 which reflects the respect and attention of filmmakers across Africa to the festival. He also added the festival has selected 126 films in competitions and other section.

    Fouad also draws attention to the Workshop by Haile Gerima and the importance of its annual continuity. He thanked the Selection Committee films headed by scriptwriter Attia Dardiri and the membership of directors Ahmed Rashwan, Mohamed Kamel, scriptwriter Najla Alhedini and critic Hani Mustafa.

    Azza Husseini, director of the festival, also spoke about STEP and ETISAL Projects to support African cinema. Director Amir Ramses then announced STEP awards for Stipe awards and director-producer Sherif Mandour announced a the new Directors Forum for young filmmakers.

    The festival continued with his style in Egyptian stars participation when Youssra presented Morocco as guest of honor and Moroccan star Mohamed Miftah who delivered a speech for his planned tribute during the next edition. Actor Sabri Fawaz also presented the Egyptian tributes including director Yousry Nasrallah, actress Nelly Karim and the announcement of that edition will have the name of the late superstar Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.

    Dr. Khalid Abdel-Galil also announced the jury of the long narratives, actor Sabri Fawaz announced the jury of the long documentaries, scriptwriter Attia Dardiri announced the jury of short films. Actress Boshra then presented the names of the tributes including Mauritanian director Abdulrahman Sissako, Congolese director Mwezé Ngangura and the names of the late Taheya Carioca from Egypt and the late director Kalthoum Bornaz. Producer Mohamed Al-Adl congratulated critic Samir Farid on behalf of the festival for winning Berlinale Tribute Award, being the first critic around the world to receive it. Farid also, from his side, delivered a brief speech in which he thanked those in charge of the festival and spoke of Egyptian cinema and the awards obtained by Egyptian cinema during 2016.

    In a good a sign from the festival and based on requests from the participants of the African continent, the 6th edition will invite Egyptian goalkeeper Captain Essam El-Hadary as an honorary guest to meet African filmmakers especially he participated before in the movie "Elzimhlaoah" directed by Ashraf Fayek.

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