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In partnership with festivals, we select projects from women filmmakers who could benefit from mentoring to take their projects to the next level.

Depending on needs, mentoring can cover artistic aspectsinternational positioning and legal aspects.

Yemeni-Russian journalist, filmmaker, curator, and educator in the MENA region. In addition to grossing several awards for her films, she was awarded Most Promising Filmmaker at the Toronto Arab Film Festival in 2019 for her film In The MiddleThrough her work, Mariam attempts to shed light on the dangers of stereotyping the region in the mainstream media and provides a counterviewpoint to showcase equality in humanity. 



Mentorship Prize at Cairo International Film Festival 2022

A 16 years old child soldier, Nasser, returns home to seek his place in the community in a small village South of Yemen, where he realizes that he must protect his two younger brothers from following the same path of becoming soldiers.


by Mariam Al-Dhubhani

A Cairo-based filmmaker. She tells intimate stories about everyday people.

She graduated in TV production at Cairo University and studied filmmaking courses at Hunter College in New York. Her work has been supported by the National Cinema Center of Egypt and Al-Jazeera.

Her short films have been awarded at international film festivals including the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival and the Al-Jazeera Documentary Film Festival.



Mentorship Prize at Luxor African Film Festival 2022

by Sally Abobasha

A Butterfly Hug follows the journey of two Egyptian teen friends, Shahid and Abdelrahman, who come together to define and express their unique voices through a short narrative film, as they cope with the life-threatening skin condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). On the cusp of adulthood, teenagers seek to be independent and to be accepted and perceived no differently than their peers.

Nadia Ghanem

Nadia Ghanem is a filmmaker based in Cairo. Her first short film Three Disappearances And A Song (2021) was premiered at the 43rd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival.

She curated the "On Waiting and Making Films" program for the Video festival in Basel and currently works as a programer for the upcoming edition of the Panorama film festival in Cairo.

She also coordinated the 10th edition of the Cairo Video Festival and manages Medrar Studio. Nadia studied economics in a joint program between
Cairo University and Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Cash Prize at Luxor African Film Festival 2022

Looking for Spiderman

by Nadia Ghanem

A sister attempts to understand her brother's decision to join the army in an intimate portrayal of two siblings, a soldier and storyteller striving to overcome а general sense of defeat, imagine new ways of being and longing for connection.

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