04/07/2014

Save The Mummy, cry Egyptian filmmakersSave The Mummy, cry Egyptian filmmakers

Supported by former students, film professor asks to see restored negatives of "Egypt's greatest film"

Professor Magdy Abderahman perches behind a pile of papers inside the library at Cairo's run-down film institute. Most pertain to a cinematic classic that was directed, over 40 years ago, by a man he calls a mentor and a friend: the late Egyptian...

Egypt

03/07/2014

Old-school film projectors whir in downtown CairoOld-school film projectors whir in downtown Cairo

Analogue films just one of several initiatives from Egypt's emerging Cimatheque

Beneath the moose head in the main room at Cairo's Greek Club, tables and chairs have been removed to make way for art installations. Instead of loud diners, tonight, the room's wooden floor and high ceiling echo the light chatter of film lovers...

Egypt

30/06/2014

First Cairo International Film Criticsʼ Week seeks filmsFirst Cairo International Film Criticsʼ Week seeks films

Submission deadline: September 9

The Egyptian Film Critics Association (EFCA) is calling for submissions of first and second feature films produced between 2013 and 2014 for its first edition of Cairo International Film Critics' Week. Set to take place this year from November 10...

Opportunities, Egypt

23/06/2014

Omar El Zohairy, Egyptian directorOmar El Zohairy, Egyptian director

"I wanted to make a film about fear"

Omar El Zohairy's The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometre 375 is the first Egyptian film ever to have been selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation student film competition. This May, it screened at the event as one of only...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

18/06/2014

Rabat hosts Egyptian Film WeekRabat hosts Egyptian Film Week

Films by Mohamed Khan, Atef el Tayyeb, Ali Badr Khan and Khairy Beshara in Morocco

The Egyptian documentary film week is to take place from June 19 to 23 in Rabat, as part of an initiative led by the Egyptian embassy in Morocco and the Egyptian Cultural Centre, in partnership with the Moroccan Cinema Centre, reports the MAP...

Events and Festivals, Egypt, Morocco

13/06/2014

Promising documentary film projects awarded in IsmailiaPromising documentary film projects awarded in Ismailia

But others, such as the intriguing Ward Number 3, still seek support

The second Ismailia Co-Production Platform wrapped up on Saturday, with awards for just some of its promising documentary projects. The Aroma Prize for post-production went to Egyptian director Ahmed Fawzi Saleh's new documentary project A Fish...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

11/06/2014

Kamal Abdelaziz, director of Egypt's National Film CentreKamal Abdelaziz, director of Egypt's National Film Centre

"Any producer who wants to produce in our country should come with his papers, and I will sort it all out in about a week"

Before he became the head of Egypt's National Film Centre two years ago, Egyptian director of photography Kamal Abdelaziz held the camera for Egyptian feature film directors as well as several foreign directors shooting in Egypt, including just...

Egypt

10/06/2014

Thierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer of The Shadows of CairoThierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer of The Shadows of Cairo

“For us, it’s important to continue working between Europe and Egypt”

Euromed Audiovisuel met with Thierry Lledo and Rahma Hassouna, director and producer respectively of Franco-Egyptian short film The Shadows of Cairo, when it screened last month at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. The Shadows of...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

10/06/2014

Ismailia film fest awards filmmakers on night of Sisi's inaugurationIsmailia film fest awards filmmakers on night of Sisi's inauguration

East of a frenzied Tahrir Square, awards for Egyptian and European films on the shores of the Suez Canal

As Egypt's presidency officially reverted back to a military strongman this Sunday, just three years and a half after its people called for Mubarak to step down, the Ismailia Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts gave its top awards to two...

Events and Festivals, Egypt

07/06/2014

Mohammed Hefzy, Egyptian producer and director of the Ismailia Film FestMohammed Hefzy, Egyptian producer and director of the Ismailia Film Fest

"I usually work with first and second-time directors"

Euromed Audiovisual met MEDIS member Mohamed Hefzy last month in Cannes. Originally a scriptwriter, Hefzy is the founder and head of Film Clinic, the Egyptian production house that produced or co-produced such successful titles as Cairo 678, Rags...

Events and Festivals, Egypt