MAD Celebrity Mohamed Hefzy
MAD Celebrity Mohamed Hefzy
MAD Celebrity Mohamed Hefzy
MAD Celebrity Mohamed Hefzy

Mohamed Hefzy

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Mohamed Hefzy is an award-winning Egyptian screenwriter and producer who has written, ‎produced and co-produced nearly 30 feature films in Egypt, the US, the UK, and the Arab ‎world. He was named the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production by Screen International, and chosen by Variety on top of a list of “Ten names you need to know in the Arab Film Industry”. Hefzy was on the list of Variety’s 500 as one of the most influential people working in the media industry worldwide, largely due to his contribution in raising the profile of Cairo International Film Festival on an international level. Furthermore, he was presented by the Hollywood Reporter with the Arab Cinema Center Arab Cinema Personality of the Year” award. Most recently, he is officially a member of the Academy Of Motions Pictures Arts And Sciences in the “Producers” branch.

In 2006, Hefzy founded Film Clinic that is now considered as one of the leading production companies in Egypt and the Arab world. His films have participated widely in major film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto, and have won more than 80 international awards. He has also been a board member of the Egyptian ‎Chamber of Cinema since 2013 and continues to represent and lobby for independent ‎filmmakers in Egypt and throughout the Arab World. In March 2018, Hefzy was assigned by the Minister of Culture the responsibility of presiding over the Cairo International Film Festival in its 40 ‎edition, making him the youngest president in the festival's history. In 2020, his latest film co-production, Souad, landed as an official selection at the first virtual edition of Cannes Film Festival. Most recently the company’s co-production, You Will Die at Twenty by director Amjad Abu Alala, was winner of Best Screenplay award at the Critics Awards for Arab Films, powered by the Arab Cinema Center (ACC).

Mohamed Hefzy Egyptian Screenwriter and Producer
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Filmography
Key Films As A Producer
  • Soon Salon Huda (Huda's Salon)
  • Soon Amira
  • 2020 Souad
  • 2020 Ras El Sana (New Year’s Eve)
  • 2020 Luxor
  • 2020 Bi Elm-el Wosool (Certified Mail)
  • 2019 Satamoto Fel Eshreen (You Will Die At Twenty)
  • 2019 Sawah (Toursit)
  • 2018 Eyar Nari (Gunshot)
  • 2018 Yomeddine
  • 2018 Batata
  • 2017 Sheikh Jackson
  • 2017 Al Bahs A'n Oum Kulthum (Looking for Oum Kulthum)
  • 2016 Ali Mizah wa Ibrahim (Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim)
  • 2016 Akhdar Yabes (Withered Green)
  • 2016 Eshtebak (Clash)
  • 2016 Hepta: El Mohadra Al Akheira (Hepta: The Last Lecture)
  • 2016 Kedbet Kol Youm (A Lie for Everyday)
  • 2015 Qabl Zahmat al-Seif (Before the Summer Crowds)
  • 2015 The Idol
  • 2015 The Curve
  • 2014 The Pyramid
  • 2014 Warda
  • 2014 Men Alef Ila Baa' (From A to B)
  • 2014 La Mo'akhza (Excuse My French)
  • 2013 BuSSy Monologues
  • 2013 Villa 69
  • 2013 Farsh Wa Ghata (Rags and Tatters)
  • 2012 Asham
  • 2012 Akhi Al Shaytan (My Brother the Devil)
  • 2012 Banat El3am (The Cousins)
  • 2011 Tamantashar Youm (18 Days)
  • 2011 Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician
  • 2011 Asma'a
  • 2010 Removal
  • 2010 Microphone
  • 2010 Samir wa Shahir wa Bahir
  • 2009 Al A'lamy (The International)
  • 2008 War2et Shafra (Code Paper)
  • 2008 Zay el Naharda (On A Day Like Today)
As A Writer
  • 2020 Ras El Sana (New Year’s Eve)
  • 2015 Aswar al-Qamar (The Walls of the Moon)
  • 2014 Men Alef Ila Baa' (From A to B)
  • 2014 Warda
  • 2005 Mallaki Iskandariya (Private Alexandria)
  • 2005 Fattah Enek (Open Your Eyes)
  • 2004 Tito
  • 2001 Elsellem wel Te'ban (The Ladder and the Snake)
Tv Series
  • Soon Ma Wara'a Al Tabi'a (Paranormal)
  • 2020 Fi Kol Osbu’ Yowm Goma’a (Every Week Has A Friday)
  • 2019 Zodiac
  • 2018 Ana Shahira.. Ana El Kha'en (I am Shahira.. I am the Unfaithful)
  • 2018 Al Seham Al Mareqa (Rogue Arrows)
  • 2017 Saabe' Gaar (Seventh Neighbour)
Gallery
A Festival Fixture
SOUAD
  • Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
RAS EL SANA (2020)
  • Closing Film - The Marrakech International Film Festival
LUXOR (2020)
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
CERTIFIED MAIL (2019)
  • Opening Film - The Aswan International Women Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
YOMEDDINE (2018)
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • El Gouna Film Festival
  • Carthage Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • London BFI Film Fest
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Marrakech International Film Festival
GUNSHOT (2018)
  • El Gouna Film Festival
  • Malmö Arab Film Festival
  • Cairo International Film Festival
  • Best Actor Award and Best Cinematography Award at The 67th edition of the Egyptian Catholic Center for Cinema Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse de Sousse in Tunisia
  • Tripoli Film Festival
SHEIKH JACKSON (2017)
  • World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
  • El Gouna Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
  • Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
  • Arab Cinema Week in New York
  • Fifej - Festival International du Film pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse, Sousse
  • MONA Film Festival
  • CinemAfrica Film Festival
CLASH (2016)
  • World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (opener of the prestigious Un Certain Regard section)
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
  • Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
  • Cinema for Peace Foundation in Berlin
  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan (Festival opener)
  • ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema in New York
HEPTA: THE LAST LECTURE (2016)
  • Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden
  • Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM) in Algeria
  • Arab Cinema Week in New York
  • Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
  • Arab Camera Festival in Rotterdam
  • Egyptian Film Association Festival
WITHERED GREEN (2016)
  • Locarno International Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF)
  • Stockholm International Film Festival
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels
  • Beirut Cinema Days
  • MOOOV Film Festival in Belgium
ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM (2016)
  • World Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival
  • Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris
  • AFAC Film Week in Morocco
  • Sharm El-Sheikh Arab and European Film Festival
  • Mons International Love Film Festival in Belgium
  • Festival International du Film Transsaharien de Zagora in Morocco
  • Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)
  • Arab Cinema Week in New York
  • Arab Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Arab Film Festival Australia
  • Jounieh International Film Festival (JIFF) in Lebanon
BEFORE THE SUMMER CROWDS (2015)
  • World premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
  • Luxor African Film Festival
  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival (KHRF) in Jordan
  • 38th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF
  • Tripoli Film Festival - Lebanon
  • Mostra de Cinema Egípcio Contemporâneo in Brazil
  • ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema in New York
  • Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA)
THE CURVE (2015)
  • Best Actor Award at the Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF)
  • Golden Reel Award for Best Actor at the Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF)
EXCUSE MY FRENCH (2014)
  • Luxor European and Egyptian Film Festival
  • US premiere at the Washington D.C. International Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Mizna Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
  • Carnegie Mellon International "Faces" Film Festival at Carnegie Mellon University
  • CMU International Film Festival at University of Pittsburgh
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Keswick Film Festival
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin
RAGS AND TATTERS (2013)
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • Munich Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • Kalamazoo World Languages
  • Film Festival at Western Michigan University
  • Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons in Brussels
  • Dublin Arabic Film Festival
  • Mizna Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
  • New Middle East Cinema Film Festival at University of Pennsylvania
  • The Africa Film festival in Belgium
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Galway African Film Festival in Ireland
  • Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington D.C.
VILLA 69 (2013)
  • Arab Film Festival in Brazil
  • Panorama of the European Film in Cairo
  • Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington D.C.
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin
  • The International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva
MY BROTHER THE DEVIL (2012)
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Oslo Films from the South Festival
  • Stockholm Film Festival
  • Evening Standard Film Awards
  • British Independent Film Awards
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards
  • British Film Institute Awards
ASHAM (2012)
  • Oran Arab Film Festival
  • Sala Women Film Festival in Morocco
  • Franco-Arab Film Festival in Jordan
  • Doha Tribeca Film Festival
TAHRIR 2011: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE POLITICIAN (2011)
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema Series in New York
  • Tromsø International Film Festival in Norway
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
18 DAYS (2011)
  • World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival
  • Brussels International Independent Film Festival
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival
ASMA'A (2011)
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • BFI London International Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Festival in California
  • Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
  • Arab Film Festival Australia
  • San Diego Arab Film Festival
  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan
  • Alwan Film Festival in New York
MICROPHONE (2010)
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons in Brussels
  • Miami Film Festival
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • African Film Festival in New York
  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival
  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan
  • Galway African Film Festival in Ireland
  • New Middle East Cinema Film Festival at University of Pennsylvania
  • Liverpool Arabic Film Festival
  • Stockholm Film Festival
  • Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington DC
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Movies that Matter Festival in Amsterdam
  • Arabic Film Festival in Zurich
ZAY EL NAHARDA (2008)
  • Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi
  • Brussels Arab Film Festival
Awards & Honors
YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY (2019)
  • Special Jury Mention at the Mumbai Film Festival
  • Golden Tanit Award at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
  • International Federation of Film Critics "FIPRESCI" Award for Best Film at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
  • Best Screenplay at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
  • Special Jury Mention in Mumbai Film Festival
  • The Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a debut film
  • The Advantage Association’s award at the Venice Days for being the most influential African film at the festival
  • A 100,000 USD worth grant from Filmauro
  • El Gouna Golden Star for Narrative Film ($50,000)
CERTIFIED MAIL (2019)
  • Best Original Music Award at the Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier – CINEMED
YOMEDDINE (2018)
  • Best Arab Film and Cinema for Humanity Award at El Gouna Film Festival
  • Silver Tanit (Tanit D’argent) at Carthage Film Festival:
  • Best Film by the Piu Culture Jury Medfim Festival
  • Best Feature Film (Reflet D’or) at Geneva International Film Festival
  • Student Choice Award at Philadelphia Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Young Jury Award, Special Mention at Valladolid International Film Festival
  • Best Foreign Language Contender Award at Heartland Film Festival
  • Vanguard Award at Orcas Island Film Festival
  • Nominated for Music Score at Asia Pacific Screen Award
  • Prix Voyage Air France, Prix RCFM Pierre Mari, Prix MGEN du Public at Arte Mare Festival
  • Best Film, Screenplay, Director, and Actor in secondary Role at Egyptian Film Society
  • Five Awards including Best Film at National Film Festival
GUNSHOT (2018)
  • Best Actor Award: Ahmad Al Fishawy at The 67th edition of the Egyptian Catholic Center for Cinema Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography Award: DOP Abdelsalam Moussa at The 67th edition of the Egyptian Catholic Center for Cinema Film Festival
SHEIKH JACKSON (2017)
  • Best Actor at Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba (FAFM)
  • Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards at the Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival
  • Academy Awards Egypt's official submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film 2018
CLASH (2016)
  • Suwarna Chakoram Prize for Best Film and Audience Prize Rajata Chakoram at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in India
  • Critics Prize at the Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels
  • Golden Pram Award at the Zagreb International Film Festival in Croatia
  • Bronze Tanit, Best Photography, Best Editing, African University Award for Cinematic Criticism at the Carthage Film Festival
  • Best New Director, Best DOP, The Sociograph at the Valladolid Film Festival (Seminci) in Spain
  • Grand Prix at the Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck/Val de Fensch in France
  • Best Film Poster Award, Best Music Award, Best Editing Award, Best Cinematography Award, and the Special Jury Prize for Direction at the Egyptian Film Association Festival
  • Francophonie Award for Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Director for First and Second Work and Best Editing at the Egyptian National Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film Award at the 33rd Festival International de Cinéma Vues d'Afrique in Montreal
  • Cinepolitica Trophy at the Cinepolitica International Film Festival in Romania
  • Best Screenplay and Best Director at the Annual Critics Awards, by the Arab Cinema Center within the 70th Cannes Film Festival
  • Best DOP and Best Costume Designer awards at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA)
  • Grand Prix Award and Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival in Canada
  • Academy Awards Egypt's official submission to the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the Academy Awards 2017
HEPTA: THE LAST LECTURE (2016)
  • Best Film, Best Director, Best Music, Best Cinematography, Artistic Creativity Award, and a Certificate of Appreciation to child actor Abdallah Azmi at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival
  • DG Best Film, DG Best Director, DG Special Awards at Dear Guest Magazine (DG Awards) 2016
  • Audience Award at the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington
  • A Special Award under the name of late director Mohamed Khan to director Hadi El Bagoury at the Cairo Film Society Festival 2017
  • Second Production Award (Film Clinic, The Producers and iProductions), Best Screenplay, Best Actor in a Secondary Role, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound at the Egyptian National Film Festival
  • Best Film and Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Hair Styling and Best Song Hekaya Wahda at the Arabian Cinema Awards (ACA)
WITHERED GREEN (2016)
  • Best Director Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
  • Best Actress Award at the Aswan International Women Film Festival
  • Best Actress Award at the Annual Critics Awards, within the 70th Cannes Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Mohammed El Sharqawy, and Best Sound at the 44th Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival
ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM (2016)
  • Best Actor Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
  • Best Feature Film at the 7th Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) in Sweden
  • Samy Al Salamouny Award for Renewal and Creation, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Soundtrack and a Certificate of Appreciation in Cinematography at the 44th Egyptian Film Association Festival
  • Best Film, Best Cinematography and Jury Award for Artistic Creativity at the 66th Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival
BEFORE THE SUMMER CROWDS (2015)
  • Best Sound, Best Music, and Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Cairo Film Society Festival
THE CURVE (2015)
  • World premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
  • European premiere at the 15th East End Film Festival (EEFF) in the UK
  • Opened the Arab Film Festival Amman
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Festival International de Cinéma et Mémoire Commune de Nador (International Festival of Common Memory Cinema in Nador)
  • Carthage Film Festival (JCC)
  • Days of Cinema Festival in Palestine
EXCUSE MY FRENCH (2014)
  • Best Film Award, Best Director and Best Screenplay Award, Best Cinematography, and Artistic Creativity Certificates at the Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival
  • Best Poster Design, two Certificates of Appreciation for the acting prodigies Ahmed Dash and Moaz Nabil awards at the Egyptian Film Association Festival
  • Selected by the Global Film Initiative to be included in the Global Lens Film series in 2014, which included non-American films to be distributed by the New York-based Film Rise across North America
RAGS AND TATTERS (2013)
  • Golden Antigone Award for the Best Narrative Feature the CINEMED International Mediterranean Festival of Montpellier in France
VILLA 69 (2013)
  • Special Jury Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
  • Best Directorial Debut Award and Best Actor Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival
MY BROTHER THE DEVIL (2012)
  • Best Newcomer at BFI London Film Festival
  • World Cinema Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Best European Film Europa Cinemas Label Award at the Berlinale
  • World View Award at Sundance London Film and Music Festival
  • Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard Film Awards
  • Grand Jury Award at the LA Outfest
  • Audience Award at the Annonay Film Festival
  • BIFA for Best Newcomer award at the British Independent Film Awards
  • Best Actor award at the Milan Film Festival
  • New Vision Award for Cinematography at the Manaki Brothers Film Festival, Macedonia
  • Honorable Mention and Outstanding First Feature at the Frameline Film Festival
ASHAM (2012)
  • Best Director and Best Editing awards at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden
  • Special Mention at the International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva
TAHRIR 2011: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE POLITICIAN (2011)
  • Best Producer Award from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
  • UNESCO CICT-IFTC Award at the Venice Film Festival
  • Best Film Award at the Oslo International Film Festival
  • Best Film Award at the Docu-Days Film Festival in Beirut
ASMA'A (2011)
  • Best Arab Director and Best Actor at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
  • Best Film Award at the International Tamil Film Festival Berlin
  • Certificate of Appreciation at the Oran Arab Film Festival
  • Critics Award for Best Arab Film at the Muscat Film Festival
  • Best Director and Best Actress at the Peace Film Festival in Hollywood
  • Golden Prize at the Oriental Film Festival of Geneva
  • Women's Cinema award at the Mon's International Love Film Festival in Belgium
  • Audience Award at Fribourg International Film Festival
  • Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Special Award from the Members of the Association Special Award for the Best and Second Best Films in addition to a Special Director Award at Egyptian Film Association Festival
  • Best Film, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and two Certificates of Appreciation awards at Egyptian Catholic Center Cinema Festival
MICROPHONE (2010)
  • The Golden Taint award at of Carthage Film Festival
  • Grand Prix of Freistadt City at the New Home Film Festival in Austria
  • Best Arab Film at the Cairo International Film Festival
  • Best Editing Award at the Dubai International Film Festival
  • Griot Best Film Award of African Film Festival of Tarifa
  • Golden Tulip Award from Istanbul International Film Festival
  • Special Mention from Granada International Film Festival (Cines del Sur)
  • Best Film Award from Alexandria International Film Festival
  • Selected as the 95th film among the 100 Greatest Arab Films by Dubai Film Festival
ZAY EL NAHARDA (2008)
  • Best Actress Award at the Egyptian Cinema Film Association Festival 2009
HONORS
  • Hefzy was selected on Variety500's list of the 500 Most Important People in Global Media
  • Honored at the 41st Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier (CINEMED) Officially announced a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Oscars®)
  • The Arab Cinema Personality of the Year Award, presented by the Hollywood Reporter and the Arab Cinema Center
  • Festival President of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival since 2017
  • A board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013
  • A Member on the Advisory Board of the CIFF, Advisor for CIFF’s Cairo Film Connection (CFC)
  • Festival Director of the 16th and 17th Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts
  • He has been recently selected to serve as a jury member for the Official Competition at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival
  • A Jury Member at many Egyptian and regional film festivals: the Venice International Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF)