The project involves a group of experts from Africa, Europe and the United States who will train, mentor and provide psychological support to the chosen directors.
The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will launch a new project titled Factory during its 11th edition. The film festival is scheduled to take place March 4-10, 2022.
By supporting female filmmakers in the Middle East and Africa, LAFF aims to highlight their role in the creation of films in the region (especially documentaries).
Aiming to foster a sense of security and confidence in young female directors through specially prepared workshops by experts from Africa, Europe and America, LAFF will support seven to nine feature films, as well as develop, train and and will support them psychologically.
Azza Elhosseiny, director of LAFF and founder of the project, confirmed that the new edition will invite a group of leading female documentary filmmakers to lead discussions, as well as screenings of films made by African documentary filmmakers.
The participants in the Factory projects will be selected by the festival management and the director of Factory, Kawthar Younis, an Egyptian director who studied cinema at the Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo. Kawthar produces and directs short and feature films, as well as television commercials. She is one of the founders of RAWEYAT (SHE-NARRATORS), an initiative founded by emerging female filmmakers from the Middle East, North Africa and the Diaspora.
The full lineup of its film screenings, debates and devolved projects by filmmakers will be announced soon.
Screenwriter Sayed Fouad, president of the Luxor African Film Festival, said the next edition of LAFF will be named after the late Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty.