The Luxor African Film Festival announces the winners of the 11th edition – Film – Arts & Culture

Taking place March 4-10 in Luxor, the festival screened over 45 films from 35 countries in its many competitive categories.

10 films were screened in the Long Narrative Competition.

The jury for this competition included director Moussa Touré (Senegal), director Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt), director Apolline Traoré (Burkina Faso), critic Kamal Ben Wanas (Tunisia) and actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (Haiti) .

The winners are:
Best Film: Communion (Tunisia)
Jury Prize: The Gravedigger’s Wife (Somalia)
Special Mention: The Agreement (Cameroon)

The Long Documentary Competition featured 11 titles, with five renowned filmmakers in its jury — director Katie Needy (Senegal), critic Phoebe Curry (Uganda), cinematographer Mahmoud Abdel-Samie (Egypt), director Mohamed Seyam (Egypt) and director Peter Sedovia (Ghana).

The winners are:
Best Film: Faya Dayi (Ethiopia)
Jury Prize: Morning Star (Madagascar)
Special Mention: The Last Shelter (Mali, South Africa)

The Short Films Competition screened 15 films. The jury was composed of director Khaled El-Haggar (Egypt), director Fatomato Coulibaly (Mali), critic Ahmed Shawqy (Egypt), director Daoud Wilad Al-Sayed (Morocco) and actress Ghalia Ben Ali (Tunisia ).

The winners are:
Best Film: Tender Son (Morocco)
Jury Prize: Baby Blue (Senegal)
Special Mention: Sixteen Rounds (Uganda)

The festival also presented films in the Diaspora Competition, screening nine films in front of a jury made up of director Rachid Mashharawi (Palestine), producer Doura Bouchoucha (Tunisia) and actor Ahmed Magdi (Egypt).

The winners are:
Best Film: As Far As I Can Walk (Serbia)
Special Mention: A Brighter Tomorrow (Algeria)

The festival also awarded the film The Gravedigger’s Wife (Somalia) the FIPRESCI prize for best film while the Egyptian film Batool received the prize for best film in the Women Issues competition.


Celebrating African identity through film, LAFF was launched in 2010 by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) – a non-profit organization registered with the Ministry of Social Solidarity.

Founded and chaired by screenwriter Sayed Fouad, the festival’s board of directors includes Mahmoud Hemida, honorary president of LAFF, and Azza El-Husseini, co-founder and executive director of LAFF.

For its 11th edition, LAFF chose Uganda as its country of honor and also honored the late Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty and the Tunisian director Férid Boughedir. Iconic Egyptian star Hussein Fahmy has received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Additionally, the festival honored Egyptian singer and actress Hoda Sultan, actor Mahmoud Morsy and Moroccan director and producer Mohamed Ismail.

LAFF paid tribute to Egyptian star Amr Saad and Burkinabe filmmaker Apolline Traoré.

LAFF is organized by ISF under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Foreign Affairs with the National Bank of Egypt and other partners.

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