Sundance Film Festival selects Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Hefzy as jury member
This year, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, the Sundance Film Festival will be held online.
Besides Hefzy, the jury for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition includes British director Andrew Haigh and La Frances Hui, film curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Mohamed Hefzy is an award-winning Egyptian screenwriter and producer who has written, produced and co-produced nearly 40 feature films in Egypt, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Arab world, as well as television series and television shows. In 2006, he founded his production company Film Clinic, active in international markets. He also founded Film Clinic Indie Distribution and co-founded MeeM Creative Circle.
In 2013, Screen International named him the only Arab among the 30 future leaders in film production. He was twice selected to Variety’s 500 (2019-2020) list as one of the most influential people working in the media industry in the world. He was also named by The Hollywood Reporter and the Arab Cinema Center as Arab Cinema Personality of the Year. In June 2019, he became a member of the Academy Of Motions Pictures Arts And Sciences. In 2021, Hefzy received the Medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Embassy in Cairo.
Hefzy’s films have joined many major film festivals and have won over 100 international awards. In 2016, one of his productions (Shock) was chosen as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival. The following year, he returned to Cannes as co-producer of Yomeddine, this time in official competition. In 2019, Sudanese cinema You will die at twenty, co-produced by Hefzy, won the Lion of the Future – Venice Luigi De Laurentiis Prize for a first film. In 2021, his feature film Feathers won the Grand Prix of the International Critics’ Week and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Hefzy’s film Amira won three awards at the Venice International Film Festival.
Latest Film Clinic productions included Souad which was officially selected at the Cannes, Berlinale and Tribeca festivals; Luxor who competed at the Sundance Film Festival; Paranormal, Netflix’s first Egyptian original and film Ashab Wala A’az, the Arabic-language spin-off of the 2016 Italian hit Perfect strangers.
Hefzy is the former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for documentaries and short films, and was a member of the advisory board of the Cairo International Film Festival from 2015 to 2017. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013. In March 2018, Hefzy was given the responsibility of chairing the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, making him the youngest president in the history of the festival.