The first edition of the The Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival was held from the 17th to the 22rd of September 2012 in Luxor, Egypt.
The festival was organized by Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts (NOONCA) with the contribution of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture as well as public and private organizations in Egypt and Europe. The festival’s main goal is to foster the knowledge and diffusion in Egypt of high quality cinematographic and audiovisual works directed by Egyptian and European filmmakers.
Luxor, or ancient Thebes, which is classified in the UNESCO World Heritage, is not solely dedicated to the celebration of ancient Egypt but it is also a city which today counts 600.000 inhabitants and is spectacularly transforming. Luxor has been chosen for the festival to acquire a new audience in a region where movie theatres have almost disappeared.
The Festival presented more than 50 films and will receive around a hundred guests from Europe and Egypt, among who numerous directors, actors, professionals as well as representatives of the most important Egyptian and European media.
Most of the festival projections were organized on the western bank of the Nile in Luxor, including screenings in the cities of Esna and Armant, via projection caravans. Professional meetings and training workshops were organized during the festival, to enable the transfer of new technologies in the cinema and audiovisual domains.
Many of ÉCU 2012 official selection films were accepted to the festival main program: “Callum” directed by Michael van der Put, “Little King” by Socrates Alafouzos, “The Padlock” directed by Ettore Nicoletti , “Viktoria” by Svetozar Golovlev, “Noite Gélida em Castelo Branco” by Luis Diogo, “The Game” by Marcin Janiec, “The Man with a Stolen Heart” by Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith, “Derapage” directed by guys from our partner at ISART Digital School and “Hadley TK-421” by Jonathan Reid-Edwards.
Check out the video where Mirit Makhail, short film coordinator, talks about the festival.
ÉCU is very proud to be part of the first edition of The Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival!