|Born||Ahmad Abdalla El Sayed
December 19, 1979
|Other names||Ahmed Abdallah|
|Occupation||Film Director, Script Writer, Film Editor|
|Notable work||Heliopolis, Microphone (film) Rags and Tatters|
His debut feature film is Heliopolis (2009); his second film is Microphone (2010). He studied music in the 1990s and began working as a film editor in 1999. He moved to feature-length films in 2002 and began doubling as a visual effects supervisor and credits designer.
He was winner of the Best First screenplay Award of Sawiris Foundation in Cairo 2008 for Heliopolis. His upcoming film Rags and Tatters has been selected to be screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Had his first retrospective in Singapore international film festival in 2014.
Festivals and awards
Decor - 2014
Producer by New Century in Cairo, the first high-budget film for him, Starring Khaled Abul Naga, Maged Kidwany and Horeya Farghaly, The film was premiered in London International Film Festival BFI, and announced for the Middle East Premier in Cairo International Film Festival.
Rags and Tatters - 2013
Rags and Tatters premièred at Toronto international Film Festival 2013, then participated in the official competition in London International Film Festival and was the finest Arabic film in the competition, and screened at many other festivals like Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier. The film had positive reviews in international press such as Variety, The Guardian, and Huffington Post.
Microphone - 2010
- World Premier: Toronto international Film Festival 2010
- Won— Golden Tulip from Istanbul International Film Festival - 2011
- Won— Best Film – El Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa 2011
- Won— Tanit d'or from Journées cinématographiques de Carthage
- Won— Best Editing Award from Dubai International Film Festival
- Won— Best Film- le 9e FESTIVAL des CINÉMAS d'AFRIQUE du PAYS d'Apt, Vaucluse – 2011
- Won— Best Arabic-language film Award from Cairo International Film Festival
Heliopolis - 2009
- World Premier: Toronto international Film Festival 2009.
- won the Special mention award at Cairo International Film Festival in 2009
- The Original script won the best first screenplay award of Sawiris Foundation in December 2007.
- "Rags and Tatters". TIFF. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
- "Toronto Adds 75+ Titles To 2013 Edition". Indiewire. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
- "Toronto Film Review: ‘Rags & Tatters’". Variety. September 11, 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Rags and Tatters – London film festival review". The Guardian. October 17, 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Best of Toronto 2013: Ahmed Abdallah's Rags and Tatters". Huffington Post. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- "Golden Pyramid goes to Al-Shawq". Egyptian Gazette.
- "Yusra Al-Lawzi". Al-Masry Al-Youm.
- Ahmadabdalla.net Director : Ahmad Abdalla official website.
- Ahmad abdalla at the Internet Movie Database
- www.africine.org, Ahmad Abdalla at Africiné
- Heliopolis at AllMovie
- Variety Review, Variety Review,2009
- Toronto Film Festival Heliopolis in Toronto international Film Festival
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