“To submit in the official competitions of LAFF 2023, the film’s director should be African and the film should tackle subjects related to the lives of Africans,” the festival founder and president, screenwriter Sayed Fouad stated on Friday.
“As for the participation in the Diaspora Competition, the director must also be of African origin yet living outside of the African continent,” explained filmmaker LAFF’s co-founder and executive director Azza Elhosseiny.
It was also announced that the Egyptian Student Film Competition would return for the upcoming edition.
Senegal has been announced as the official country guest of honour with a special tribute to be held for Senegalese cinema and its filmmakers.
Headed by star actor Mahmoud Hemida, the LAFF is founded and organised by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF) with the support of the Egyptian ministries of culture, tourism, youth and foreign affairs as well as a number of sponsors.
In its eleventh edition, the LAFF screened 45 films from 35 countries in the competitive segments.
Eligible filmmakers can submit their films through the festival’s official website.