Luxor African Film Festival's guests- Egypt Today.
CAIRO – 22 March 2019: The eighth edition of Luxor African Film Festival’s concluded its events on Thursday, March 21.
The Ghani movie ‘’ Dafn Kojo” ( The Burial of Kojo) won the Nile prize for best feature film. LAFF which paid a special tribute to Tunisian cinema screened 385 films from Africa and other continents, and had 102 movies competing in its different competitions.
Press conferences were held for number of films, such as Egyptian feature '’Immobilia Crime Story’', ‘'Night/exterior'’, Mozambique/Portugal movie '’Mabata Bata’’, Tunisian documentary ‘'Ghzela'’and Moroccan short film '’Ales'’among others.
While paying a special tribute to Tunisian cinema, LAFF honoured a number of renowned African filmmakers including Egyptian actress Lebleba, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Egyptian actor Asser Yassin, Burkinabé director Fanta Régina Nacro, Egyptian director Omar Abdel-Aziz and Sudanese singer Faiza Amseeb, Tunisian producer Dorra Bouchoucha, Malmö Arab Film Festival director Mohamed Qabalawy, and others, in addition to a special tribute for Egyptian actor Mohamed Sobhi and a celebration of late Egyptian-Greek musician Andre Ryder.
The eighth edition of LAFF was held from March 10 to 21, 2019 and bears the name of Burkinabé filmmaker Idrissa Ouédraogo.
LAFF higher committee consists of LAFF Executive Director Azza al-Husseini, LAFF President Sayed Fouad, writer Yusuf al-Qaid, producer Jabi Khouri, Egyptian actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, and actor Sabry Fawaz; the committee reviews the eighth edition’s technical plan and events.
Veteran actor Mahmoud Hemeida was the honorary president of the eighth edition.
In the same context, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem previously stressed the importance of the festival in boosting links between African countries and Egypt through cinema and culture. The South Valley University and Luxor African Film Festival extended the festival to be held in the university located in Qenna.
Vice President of the university Mohammed Badran announced that the artistic forum in Qenna came in conjunction with the festival’s events in Luxor.
A series of short and feature films screened at the open theatre of the university for students of different universities participating in the artistic forum, which runs from March 16-21.
Numerous workshops and artistic symposiums were held by the festival’s president, Sayed Fouad, in the faculties of Tourism and Hotels, Fine Arts, Computer and Information Sciences, Alsun, Antiquities, in South Valley University in Luxor.
The Luxor African Film Festival was founded by the Youth Artists Foundation under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, Luxor governorate and the Film Syndicate.
In its seventh edition, LAFF was held from March 16-22 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Temple of Deir al-Bahri in Luxor.
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