Egyptian short film ‘18/11’ wins Gold and Silver Awards at One Earth Awards

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Apr 2022

Short film ‘18/11’ won the Gold Award for Best Student Film and Silver Award for Best Short Film in the Fiction Category at the sixth edition of the One Earth Awards.

18/11 movie poster

Directed by Medhat Maged, the film had its world premiere at the African Film Festival in Atlanta. It was also screened at the Cairo Shorts Film Festival, International Short and Independent Film Festival, the Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Visions Cairo Egyptian Short Film Festival.

According to the film’s brief, 18/11 follows a story of a woman with a sleepwalking disorder who was accused of murdering her unfaithful husband. 

The film was written by Mohamed Abdallah and stars Gehan Anwar, Lama Kutkut, Ali Shawki, and Kareem Sorour. 

The One Earth Awards are an India-based initiative that was founded five years ago and rewards artists from across the world — filmmakers and musicians — for their unique projects.

In the film segment, awards are given to short films in many categories, including animation, fiction, documentary, virtual reality, land, kindness, inclusion, environment and sustainability, children’s rights, refugees and refugee crises. 

Maged graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and from the Higher Institute of Cinema. His experience includes working as an assistant director on a number of commercial projects. 

18/11 is not Maged’s first success in short filmmaking. His second film, titled ‘Exile’ (2016), brought him the Best Short Film Award at the Morocco Students’ Film Festival. The 12-min film looked into the patients of the Abbasiya Mental Hospital in Cairo and how they perceive the world outside the facility.

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