17 Feb Ahmed Amer participates in IFFR’s Rotterdam Lab
Emerging Egyptian Producer Ahmed Amer selected for IFFR’s virtual Rotterdam Lab
18 February 2021: Ahmed Amer was selected with Ahmed Fawzi Saleh by IEFTA for mentorship in 2020 during the El Gouna Film Festival’s Cinegouna Springboard platform, a project development and co-production lab focused on giving Arab filmmakers the opportunity to find creative and financial support. Amer (Producer) and Fawzi-Saleh (Writer/Director) attended the Cinegouna Springboard Platform with their project Hamlet from the Slums.
About the Filmmakers
Ahmed Amer is an Egyptian writer/director/producer living between Cairo and New York. He recently released his first feature “Kiss Me Not” (SANAD) that premiered at Arabian Nights at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and toured the festival circuit including the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) and the Miami Film Festival.
Amer has a strong background in film having worked as an assistant editor, writer and script consultant for both theatre and film.
He co-wrote “Feathers of a Father”, the debut feature for director Omar El Zuhairy (Cannes Cinefondation), an Egyptian French co-production set to begin production this year. “Feathers of a Father” was invited to the Torino Film Lab, the Sundance Film Festival, the Istanbul Writers Lab and received several grants including from France’s CNC and Hubert Bals Film Fund.
Ahmed Fawzi Saleh
Ahmed Fawzi-Saleh is an Egyptian writer/director. He earned a degree in History from the Suez Canal University in Egypt and continued studying at the High Cinema Institute in Egypt in 2009 to specialise in screenwriting. He took part in several documentaries as a scriptwriter and a researcher, and has also worked as a freelance writer for publications including Al Badeel and Al Hilal.
His short documentary “Living Skin” (2011) was screened in many international film festivals and his debut feature Poisonous Roses premiered at IFFR in 2018. Hamlet From the Slums will be his second narrative feature film.
Fawzi Saleh co-produced feature documentary “Mother of the Unborn” by director Nadine Salib (Abu Dhabi FF) and has participated in various development programs/workshops including Final Cut at Venice Film Festival, AFAC’s development workshop, the Sanad Fund and Sundance’s Documentary Workshop (in collaboration with Arab Fund for Arts and Culture).