Four artists to hold masterclasses in Alex Short Film Fest

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Apr 2024

The Alexandria Short Film Festival revealed that actress Salwa Mohamed Ali, actor Sayed Ragab, producer Mohamed Hefzy, and art director Ahmed Fayez will hold masterclasses during the festival’s 10th edition (25-30 April).

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The four artists are among the top names in the Egyptian film industry with a large portfolio of accomplishments in their respective specializations.

In their masterclasses, Ragab and Ali will focus on the skills of an actor, discussing how to prepare for a portrayal of a theatrical and cinematic character, and how to develop tools to ensure continuity in one’s development.

Ragab is a critically acclaimed actor, storyteller, and writer in independent theatre. He created several iconic characters including those in El-Harah (2010), Mewaten X (Citizen X, 2011), Vertigo (2012), Jews Alley (2015), Afrah El-Qoba (2016), among others. His latest roles were in the 2024 Ramadan TV series Beit El-Rifaey and film Maqsoom.

Ragab is also among the honourees of the 10th Alexandria Short Film Festival.

Ali spent years attracting roles of an "aunt" in Egyptian television series, often portraying secondary characters. However, she carved herself a name as one of the best actresses of her generation shaping images of powerful women on the screen. In the past years, Ali received numerous recognitions, and is honoured during the ongoing 10th Aswan International Women Film Festival (20-25 April).

Hefzy will tackle how a producer works on his film, from the script to implementation, alongside financing.

One of the leading film producers in the Middle East and Africa, Hefzy was involved in the production of more than 40 films, many of which scored numerous awards internationally, and were Egypt’s nominations to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. Between 2018 and 2022, he presided over the Cairo International Film Festival.

Aside from his work as a writer and producer, Hefzy is a film activist who offers workshops and training programmes conducted in cooperation with international organizations and institutes.

Fayez’s workshop will focus on how an art director prepares the creative landscape: from research to sketches and execution.

As an art director and production designer, Fayez is known for his work at Poisonous Roses (2018), Casablanca ( 2019), and The Choice (2020). A graduate of the High Cinema Institute (2007), Fayez embarked on his own projects in 2013.

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