The project involves a group of experts from Africa, Europe and the US who will train, mentor and provide psychological support to the chosen directors.
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will launch a new project entitled Factory during its 11th edition. The film festival is scheduled to take place from March 4-10, 2022.
By supporting female directors from the Middle East and Africa, LAFF aims to shed light on their role in creating films within the region (especially documentaries).
Aiming to encourage a sense of safety and confidence among young female directors through workshops specifically prepared by experts from Africa, Europe, and America, LAFF will support seven to nine feature films, as well as develop, train, and support them psychologically.
Azza Elhosseiny, LAFF Director and project founder, confirmed that the new edition will invite a group of leading women directors in documentary cinema to host discussions, along with film screenings directed by African female documentary filmmakers.
The participants in Factory projects will be selected by the festival management and the Factory director, Kawthar Younis, an Egyptian director who studied filmmaking at the Cairo Higher Film Institute. Kawthar produces and directs, short and long films, in addition to TV commercials. She is one of the founders of the RAWEYAT (SHE-NARRATORS), an initiative that was founded by emerging female directors from the Middle East, North Africa and diaspora.
The complete programme featuring its film screenings, discussions and projects under devolvement by female filmmakers will soon be announced.
Scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, President of Luxor African Film Festival, stated that the upcoming edition of LAFF will bear the name of the late Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty.