Mohamed Hefzy
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Mohamed Hefzy

Festival Director 

Mohamed Hefzy is an award winning Egyptian screenwriter and producer who has written,produced, and co-produced over 30 feature films in Egypt, the US, the UK, and the Arab world. In 2013, Screen International named him as the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production. In 2016, he was chosen by Variety on top of a list of “Ten names you need to know in the Arab Film Industry”. His films have participated widely in major film festivals,including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto, and have won more than 80 international awards. In 2016, one of his latest productions (Clash) was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes International Film Festival.

Aside from his work as a writer and producer, Hefzy is a film activist and his company, Film Clinic, has been a hub for independent filmmakers in Egypt and the Arab World, offering workshops and training programs conducted in cooperation with international organizations and institutes. Hefzy has served as a jury member previously at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2011 and Cairo International Film Festival 2010, as well as several other local and Arab festivals. He is a former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, and is currently on the Advisory board of Cairo International Film Festival. He is also a board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013, and continues to represent and lobby for independent filmmakers in Egypt and Through out the Arab World.