El-Shennawi is one of the most influential film critics of Arab cinema in the region.
He has published over 15 books on the film industry and won numerous awards for his writings. He was also a jury member at a number of Arab film festivals such as the 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival (2012), the 9th Dubai International Film Festival (2012), and the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2014).
Furthermore, his articles and analyses have been published in several prominent Egyptian and regional papers. He remains outspoken regarding the old-fashioned censorship regulations on TV.
El-Shennawi also teaches at the Faculty of Mass Communication in Cairo University.