Khairat will receive Angénieux camera equipment as part of the prize for her forthcoming project.
Cannes Film Festival will honour Egyptian filmmaker Haya Khairat with the Angénieux Special Encouragement Award 2023. She will become the first Egyptian and Arab woman to get the award.
The award ceremony for the Angénieux Special Encouragement Award will be held on Friday, May 26, at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
In an Instagram post, she wrote: “Grateful, happy and humbled beyond words to be selected for an Angénieux encouragement award this year alongside the great DOP Barry Ackroyd taking place at the Festival de Cannes.”
In 2019, Khairat made her debut as a cinematographer with the film Dark Chocolate, which won the Audience’s Best Short Film Award at the Cairo International Film Festival. She also won the Silver Lynx at 2020’s Dubai Lynx Awards for her work as a director and director of photography for the Zero Tolerance Ribbon FGM campaign.
Since 2018 the Angénieux Special Encouragement Award has been spotlighting emerging talents across the film industry, as a tribute to the late French engineer and inventor of the modern zoom lens Pierre Angénieux.