The awards of the 10th edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) were revealed during the closing ceremony. which took place Wednesday.
The evening included a rich artistic segment featuring Sudanese singer Asia Madani and closing speeches by renowned film figures, Deputy Governor of Luxor Mohamed Abdel-Qader, representatives of the culture ministry, and many renowned personalities from the Egyptian and Sudanese film industries.
The winners of the festival's 10th edition are as follows:
The Long Narrative Competition:
The best film award for ‘Zanka Contact’, directed by Ismaël Al-Iraki from Morocco
The jury award for ‘Air Conditioner’, directed by Fradique from Angola
Special mention to Khaled El-Sawy for his outstanding acting in the Egyptian film titled ‘For Rent’, directed by Islam Belal
The Long Documentary Competition:
The best documentary award to ‘Faritra’, directed by Tovoniaina Rasoanaivo and Luck Razanajaona from Madagascar
The jury award to ‘Downstream to Kinshasa’, directed by Dieudo Hamadi from Congo
The Diaspora Competition:
The best film award for ‘Farewell Amor’, directed by Ekwa Msangi from the USA
The jury award for ‘Becoming Black’, directed by Ines Johnson-Spain from Germany
Special mention to ‘Tilo Koto: Under The Sun’, directed by Sophie Bachelier and Valérie Malek from the Netherlands
The Short Films Competition:
The best short film award for ‘Good-Bye’, directed by Anthony Nti from Ghana
The jury award for ‘Ultimate Ink’, directed by Yazid Al-Kadiri from Morocco
Special mention to Al-Tayeb Al-Hadi Al-Tayeb for his acting in ‘Listen To My Dance’, directed by Alyaa Sirelkhatim from Sudan
The FEPRESCI award went to ‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’, directed by Lemhang Jeremiah Mosese from Lesotho
The Radwan El-Kashef award, which is presented by the Shebab Independent Young Artists, was offered to ‘For Rent’, directed by Islam Belal
The 10th edition of the LAFF was held between 26 and 31 March under the slogan ‘Ten Years of Imagination’.
The festival celebrated imagination and creativity from all over Africa, with Sudanese cinema being the guest of honour.
Organised by the Independent Artists Youth Foundation, the LAFF is presided over by its founder, Egyptian scriptwriter Sayed Fouad, with actor Mahmoud Hemeida as its honorary president.
In this edition, the festival also paid tribute to the Tunisian star Hend Sabri for her outstanding career in the Arab film industry, the Egyptian director Ali Abdel-Khalek, actor Mohy Ismail, actor Samir Sabry, Malian director Cheick Oumar Sissoko, and Azelarab Kaghat from Morocco.
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