Marwan Hamed is an Egyptian prominent filmmaker who possesses an extensively auspicious repertoire that extends over 20 years of experience in producing and directing films, in addition to directing over 300 commercials, TV drama series and music videos. His debut feature The Yacoubian Building (2006) screened at some of the world's most prestigious film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.
In 2014, Marwan directed The Blue Elephant that reaped several awards at many film festivals like the Best Director and Best Film awards at the Annual Film Society Festival For Egyptian Cinema, the Special Jury Award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), and many more.
He directed the film’s second installment Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers in 2019. The film dominated the box office becoming the highest-grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema.
Currently, Hamed is making a new film with writer Ahmed Mourad called Kira & El Gin, which is based on Mourad’s best-selling novel 1919.
In 2019, Hamed presided the Short Film Competition jury at the El Gouna Film Festival. Recently, he has been picked by the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation to deliver a master class to educate young Saudi filmmakers about filmmaking and how to take steps to turn their vision into reality.