Over 50 film projects have been submitted for the Final Cut in Venice workshop within the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September) but only six Arabic film projects were selected including Sherif El Bendary's Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim, the most recent film produced by Film Clinic of Scriptwriter/Producer Mohamed Hefzy. The film will compete on the Best Arab Film award of € 10,000 provided by SANAD Fund.
Running over the course of two days, the Final Cut workshop provides tangible support for Arab and African films in which the working copies of selected films are presented to producers, buyers, distributors and film festival programmers in support of their post-production phase.
Directed by Sherif El Bendary, Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim is written by Ahmed Amer based on Ibrahim El Batout's story and is produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic in collaboration with Transit Films of Hossam Elouan. The film introduces two acting prodigies; Ali Sobhy (Asmaa 2011) and Ahmed Magdy (Al Sayad 2014) along with Salwa Mohamed Ali and Nahed El Sebai.
Sherif El Bendary's directorial debut documentary was awarded Best Documentary at Student Film Festival - Goethe Institute 2006. The film has also screened at Dubai International Film Festival 2005. This was followed by his first short fiction, Sabah El Fol (Rise and Shine), which was officially selected in more than 75 film festivals in 33 countries.
El Bendary's second short film At Day's End (2008) was inspired by salient writer Ibrahim Aslan's novella. Sherif directed Curfew, a chapter that was part of the collective feature 18 Days, the film which was an official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2011. Sherif's latest film is the documentary Fil Tarik Le West El Balad and he is recently selected as a jury member at the Shorts and Animations Competition within the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts 2013.