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ACC chooses Hefzy to be 'Arab Cinema Personality of the Year’

Tue, Jan. 22, 2019
CAIRO – 22 January 2019: Arab Cinema Center has chosen the head of Cairo International Film Festival, producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy to be 'Arab Cinema Personality of the Year’.

The award will be given to Hefzy by Arab Cinema Center ,presented by the hollywood reporter ; this year Berlin International Film Festival where ACC celebrates its five year anniversary since its first launch in Berlin.

Who is Mohamed Hefzy?

Hefzy is an Egyptian film producer and screenwriter who was born in 1975. He is the founder of the Film Clinic that is now considered as one of the leading production companies in Egypt and the Arab world.

Hefzy is also a film activist who gives workshops and training programs conducted in cooperation with acclaimed international organizations and institutes.

In 2013, Hefzy was named by Screen International as the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production. In 2016, he was chosen by Variety on top of a list of Ten Names You Need to Know in the Arab Film Industry.

His films have participated widely in numerous prominent film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto, and have won more than 80 international awards. In 2016, one of his latest productions (Clash) was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011, Hefzy was a jury member at several local and Arab festivals such as the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival. He is familiar with Cairo International Film Festival as he was on the Advisory Board of CIFF, an advisor for the Cairo Film Connection (CFC), and a jury member of the CIFF in 2010.

Hefzy is a former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, and is currently a board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013, and continues to represent and lobby for independent filmmakers in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.

In 2018 Hefzy was appointed as the President of the 40th edition of CIFF becoming the youngest to ever be appointed for this post. He was also selected as a jury member of the Horizons section at the 75th of Venice International Film Festival.

Hefzy produces films that receive critical and audience acclaim alike, such as yomeddine , which world premiered at Cannes International Film Festival and was Egypt's official submission to Oscars Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

The film marked the third time in a row that a film produced by Hefzy gets submitted to the Academy Awards after Clash and sheikh Jackson films .
Moreover, Hefzy was on The 100 Most Important Names in the #Arab Film Industry list at Cannes Festival.

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