Last Update 22:46
Thursday, 24 October 2019

Second edition of Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival to run in March

The festival announces honorees, including Youssef Chahine, Ali Badrakhan, and highlights of it’s upcoming programme

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Feb 2018
Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival (Photo: courtesy of SHAFF)
Views: 5948
Views: 5948

The second Sharm El-Sheikh Film Festival (SHAFF) will launch 3 March in the Red Sea city.

Organised by Noon Foundation for Arts and Culture, the festival’s executive president is Gamal Zayda, and this year’s honorary president is Egyptian actress Laila Elwy, in recognition of her career and contributions to Egyptian cinema.

Running for seven days, the festival promises a programme of feature length films, short films, in addition to special events, seminars, and talks with directors. SHAFF also aims to become a platform for filmmakers by linking them with industry professionals.

Director of Photography Kamal Abdel Aziz will deliver a master class in digital filmmaking, “focusing on new trends in digital cinematography and the new digital cinema age using DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras with new and different lighting techniques,” the press release cites.

On 8 March, the festival will hold a special celebration for International Women’s Day, with a seminar titled Women & Cinema led by Sana Hashem, professor at the Institute of Cinema.

One of this year’s honorees is renowned director Ali Badrakhan, with screenings of four of his films.

A documentary on Badrakhan’s career will be screened and critic Kamal Ramzi will discuss the director’s filmography.

The festival will also spotlight late director Youssef Chahine, commemorating 10 years since his death, by screening three of his best known films.

Actor Hassan Hosni and actress Layla Taher will be honoured for their artistic careers.

A special focus will be given to American independent cinema starting in the early 1900s, and the festival will honour an American star that is yet to be announced.

A press conference 19 February will announce further details about SHAFF's programme and participating films.

For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture 

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.