The first edition of the Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt is calling for submissions from African filmmakers before the deadline on 15 December 2011. The festival will take place in February 2012.
A statement from the festival reads: The political conditions experienced by Egypt during the four decades preceding the revolution of 25 January removed Egypt from its strategic African depth on all levels – cultural, economic and social for different reasons.
After the revolution, the space was open again and each responsible individual felt they can really make a difference and turn their ideas into a reality. From here, scriptwriter Sayed Fouad thought of implementing the project that has been haunting him for years – an annual African film festival in Egypt to establish the African links.
The Independent Shabab Foundation (I-Shabab), an Egyptian non-governmental and non-profit organisation, was selected to run the festival due to its belief in the importance of Luxor African Film Festival in linking up and networking with others in general and with Africa in particular.
The team thought of Luxor to encourage decentralisation of cultural events away from Cairo and Alexandria and to contribute to the promotion of tourism to the city of Luxor at this critical time that Egypt is experiencing after the revolution.
The festival has given itself the mission to support and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the peoples of Africa in general and African artists in particular.
AfricAvenir International, Arterial Network, Independent Shabab Foundation, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Luxor Governate, the Syndicate of Egyptian Filmmakers, and Nile Thematic TV Channels have been won as official partners and sponsors.
For the general rules and guidelines or any other information contact Azza El Hosseiny, executive director of the Luxor African Film Festival:
33 Haroun st., Dokki,Cairo