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Mostafa El Kashef

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Throughout his illustrious journey on the global stage, Mostafa El Kashef — a renowned visual artist, producer, and director of photography (DOP) — has lent his creative prowess to 13 cinematic masterpieces that garnered numerous accolades at several prestigious film festivals around the world. Most notably, his debut feature, 19 B, earned him the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the 2022 Cairo International Film Festival.

Off to a great start, El Kashef proceeded to work on a series of captivating short films that went on to garner tremendous acclaim at festivals around the globe, including Jaylan Auf’s MY FESTIVAL — which was selected to screen at the inaugural edition of the El Gouna Film Festival — and Sharine Atef’s JEBEL BANAT, which made its way to the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, won a Student Visionary Award in 2019, and was selected to screen as part of the esteemed Cannes Short Film Corner.

The emergent DOP then collaborated on Yousuf Nouman’s THIS IS MY NIGHT, which triumphantly clinched the gold FIFOG at the International Festival of Oriental Film in Geneva and earned El Kashef Best Cinematography at Cinemaz Brasil.

El Kashef’s breakthrough, however, came in 2021, when he worked on three compelling short films that further established his global renown as an accomplished DOP when they all premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France — Ahmed Abdelsalam’s CAI - BER, Morad Mostafa’s KHADIJA, and WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT MARIAM, which earned him Best Cinematography at the Galichnik Film Festival.

He then collaborated with Mostafa once again on the short film I PROMISE YOU PARADISE; this time serving as both a cinematographer and co-producer. The short earned El Kashef seven Best Cinematography awards from the Black Sea Film Festival in Romania, Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia, Svaneti International Film Festival in Georgia, Mieres Under-60 Film Festival in Spain, and Ouaga Côté Court in Burkina Faso, St Andrews Film Festival in Scotland, and Festival dei Lumi in Soriano nel Cimino.

He also wrapped up shooting four short films that are set to premiere soon — Joseph Adel’s ENOUGH WATER TO DROWN; Jawaher Alamri’s THE LAST DISMISSAL; Rasha Shahin’s NAHAR ABER, which was officially selected for the 45th CIFF; and Hind Soheil’s PROMISE TO THE SEA — and is currently working on his second feature-length film, THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE.

Both I PROMISE YOU PARADISE and ENOUGH WATER TO DROWN were produced by his very own production company Qaa’23.

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Filmography
  • Soon ENOUGH WATER TO DROWN
  • Soon THE LAST DISMISSAL
  • Soon NAHAR ABER
  • Soon PROMISE TO THE SEA
  • Soon THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE
  • 2023 I PROMISE YOU PARADISE
  • 2022 19 B
  • 2021 CAI - BER
  • 2021 KHADIJA
  • 2021 WHAT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT MARIAM
  • 2019 THIS IS MY NIGHT
  • 2018 JEBEL BANAT
  • 2017 MY FESTIVAL
  • 2016 MODERATION
Awards & Honors
Awards
  • Best Cinematography at the Black Sea Film Festival for I Promise You Paradise
  • Goddess Dali Award for Best Cinematography at the Svaneti International Film Festival for I Promise You Paradise
  • Best Cinematography at the Byron Bay International Film Festival for I Promise You Paradise
  • Best Cinematography at the Miers Film Festival for I Promise You Paradise
  • Best Cinematography at the Ouaga Côté Court for I Promise You Paradise
  • Henry Barakt Award for Best Artistic Contribution (Cinematography) at the Cairo International Film Festival for 19B
  • Best Cinematography at Galichnik Film Festival for What We Don’t Know About Maryam
  • Best Cinematography at Cinemaz Brasil for This Is My Night
  • Best Cinematography at St Andrews Film Festival in Scotland for I Promise You Paradise
  • Best Cinematography at Festival dei Lumi in Soriano nel Cimino for I Promise You Paradise