Mohamed Hefzy

Although Mohamed studied Metallurgical engineering in London, and still works part time managing his family's copper manufacturing business, he has already within 15 years established himself among the Arab world's most successful screenwriters and producers.In 2008, he was named by Egypt’s premiere film magazine Good News Cinema as one of the 50 most powerful individuals in Arab Cinema.

His earlier films as a Scriptwriter, beginning with 2001's El Selem Wi El Teeban - Snakes And Ladders, as well as hits like Tito, Malaki Eskenderia - Private Alexandria, which earned him the Best Screenwriter Award from the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival in 2005, and 45 Youm - 45 Days, for which he received the Best Screenwriter Award at the Egyptian Oscars in 2007. Hefzy had also moderated scriptwriting workshops at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

In 2006, he founded Film Clinic as a development and production company, and in 8 years, he has already produced and co-produced 19 feature films in Egypt, the US, the UK and the Arab world, including local commercial hits like Samir Wi Shahir WiBahir.

Recently, Hefzy has written the spine-chilling thriller Warda (2014), marking the first Egyptian film to be created in found-footage style. He also co-scripted and co-produced the feature-length film A to B, which assembled a major league of Arabs filmmakers from Egypt, UAE and Lebanon.

Mohamed is an active participant and speaker in several regional and international festivals, and served on the international jury of the 2010 edition of Cairo International Film Festival and the jury of the Tropfest Arabia in Abu Dhabi in November 2011. Recently, Hefzyhas joined the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema Industryon September, 2013, as a representative of the new independent cinema.In 2013, he was named one Screen International magazine's list of Future Leaders: Producers 2013, making him the only Arab on the list that year.Last year, he was also appointed as the Festival Director of the 16th Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shortsandwas appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian National Cinema Center.For his artistic contribution in uplifting and supporting independent filmmaking in Egypt, Hefzy was honored at the 2ndIndependent Arts Season in February, 2014.

As a producer, Hefzy’s films have gained wide international acclaim in several prestigious film festivals including:

My Brother the Devil (2012), which wonthe Best British Newcomer award at the 56thLondon Film Festival and the World Cinema Cinematography award for a dramatic movie at Sundance Film Festival 2012

Microphone (2010):
was officially selected to be screened in Toronto International Film Festival and received 3 awards from Cairo International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival and Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia. The film also participated in Vancouver International Film Festival and London International Film Festival

Asma'a (2011):
Since its release, the film has successfully garnered 19 awards from regional and international film festivals 18 Days(2011):
The film was an official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2011

Tahrir 2011:
The Good, The Bad, and The Politician: a documentary that premiered in Venice Film Festival and won Best Arab Producer (Documentary Competition) for Mohamed Hefzy in Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Asham (2013):
the film was rewarded two prizes; Best Director and Best Editing in Malmo Arab Film Festivalin Sweden. Ashamreceived a Special Mention from the International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva and participated in Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Rags and Tatters (2013):
the film won the Golden Antigone at the Montpellier Film Festival, took part at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and participated in BFI London Film Festival, marking it the only Arab film competing in the official competition.Rags and Tatters had its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival

Villa 96(2013):
the film received the Special Jury Awardfor a Film from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where it had its world premiere

Excuse My French (2014):
the film had its world premiere at the opening gala of the 2ndLuxor Egyptian and European Film Festival

A to B (2014):
the film received its world premiere at the 8thAbu Dhabi Film Festival

Hefzy has also produced ‘Rayheen ala Feen?’, the first reality TV program of its kind in Egypt. The first two seasons of the show aired on Alhurra TV news channel.

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