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Luxor African Film Festival to Honour Iconic Egyptian Actors

This year, LAFF will pay tribute to veteran Egyptian actors Huda Sultan and Mahmoud Morsi as well as Moroccan director Mohamed Ismail for their pioneering contributions to African cinema.

The 11th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will take place from March 4th to March 10th, showcasing African cinema amongst some of Egypt’s most spectacular archeological sites. Under the slogan ‘Rediscovering Egypt’, this year’s LAFF will shine a spotlight on Egyptian heritage, particularly as it coincides with two important cultural moments: the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, and the bicentenary of the decoding of the Rosetta Stone. 

This year, LAFF will pay tribute to veteran Egyptian actors Huda Sultan and Mahmoud Morsi as well as Moroccan director Mohamed Ismail for their pioneering contributions to African cinema. Egyptian star Hussein Fahmy will also be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award and a published book chronicling his cinematic journey.

The festival has developed a programme of Egyptian and international films that were set in archaeological sites across Egypt and even printed a special catalogue featuring Egypt’s best shooting locations in an effort to heighten the allure of filming in Egypt.  

LAFF is held annually in Luxor, as a way to decentralize cultural and artistic events that only happen in Cairo or Alexandria. The festival is organized by NGO Independent Shabab Foundation in cooperation with the Egyptian Film Syndicate and the Luxor Governorate. The selected films will be screened twice during the festival and the winning nominations will be re-screened at non-profit cultural centers across Cairo and Alexandria following LAFF.