Additionally, LAFF has chosen Uganda as the Country of Honor for its 11th edition and will also honor the late Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty and award iconic star Hussein Fahmy with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition, it will honor Egyptian singer and actress Huda Sultan, actor Mahmoud Morsi and Moroccan director and producer Mohamed Ismail.
LAFF will also pay tribute to Egyptian star Amr Saad and Burkinabe filmmaker Apolline Traoré.
Celebrating African identity as expressed through the seventh art, the festival was launched in 2010 by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) — a non-profit organization registered with the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
Founded and chaired by screenwriter Sayed Fouad, the festival’s board of directors includes Mahmoud Hemida, honorary president of LAFF, and Azza El-Husseini, co-founder and executive director of LAFF.
In its 11th edition, LAFF will screen 45 films from 35 countries in the competitive segments.
10 films will be screened in the Long Narratives competition. The jury for this competition includes director Moussa Touré (Senegal), director Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt), director Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso), critic Kamal Ben Wanas (Tunisia) and actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (Haiti) .
The Long Documentary Competition comprises 11 titles, with five renowned filmmakers in its jury — director Katie Needy (Senegal), critic Phoebe Curry (Uganda), cinematographer Mahmoud Abdel-Samie (Egypt), director Mohamed Seyam (Egypt) and director Peter Sedovia (Ghana).
Also, a jury composed of director Khaled El-Haggar (Egypt), director Fatomato Coulibaly (Mali), critic Ahmed Shawqy, director Daoud Wilad Al-Sayed (Morocco) and actress Ghalia Ben Ali (Tunisia) will appoint the winner of the Short Film Competition, which includes 15 films.
In addition, the festival will present films in the Diaspora Competition, which will screen nine films in front of a jury composed of director Rachid Mashharawi (Palestine), producer Doura Bouchoucha (Tunisia) and actor Ahmed Magdi (Egypt).
In addition, a segment titled “Egyptian Panorama” will feature several films from the country’s most recent film repertoire, including “Mama Hamel” (2021) by Mahmoud Karim, “Abu Saddam” (2021) by Nadine Khan, “El-Kahen ” (2021) by Othman Abu Laban, “Men Agl Zeko” (2022) by Peter Mimi and “Hamel El-Lakab” (2022) by Hesham Fathy.
This year, LAFF will also launch a new segment called “Rediscovering Egypt”, which will focus on awarding the top three videos showing Egyptian landscapes. Interested persons can participate in the competition via a dedicated hashtag which will be followed by a jury.
In addition to film screenings, LAFF will organize many activities such as signing sessions for a book on the Egyptian director Shady Abdel-Salam written by Mervat Kamouni and translated into Arabic by the Tunisian director Mahmoud Jemni, and on a Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty, written by African cinema specialist Férid Boughedir.
A special symposium will also feature the life and work of Hoda Sultan as well as a presentation and book signing on the actress written by renowned Egyptian film critic Kamal Ramzi.
In addition, the festival will organize a discussion around a book by critic Ahmed Shawky, which will retrace the biography of Egyptian star Hussein Fahmy.
Other symposia include discussions on women’s empowerment, which are part of the festival’s ‘factory project’, which aims to support female filmmakers from Africa and the Middle East.
Founded by LAFF director Azza El-Husseini, Factory supports many feature films by young female directors by training them and supporting them in the development of their work.
In addition, a number of workshops will be held throughout the festival, including those on filmmaking by Ahmed Rashwan, children’s cinema by Shwikar Khalifa, actor preparation by Al-Asaad Al-Jamousi, posters of films by Zainab Soubhi, the making of heritage boats by Saeed El-Bagouri, a theatrical storytelling workshop for women by Eman Shahin, a wall drawing contest by Ahmed Hamdi and a drawing contest for children by Wael Nour.
LAFF will also devote a panel discussion to the importance and aesthetics of Egyptian sites to help raise global awareness of Egypt as an international film location.
In addition, three art exhibitions will take place during the festival – a photographic exhibition, an exhibition of plastic artists and an exhibition of posters of the winners.
LAFF is organized by ISF under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, and Foreign Affairs, together with the National Bank of Egypt and other partners.