Kamla Abou Zekry

Head of Jury

Born in 1974, Kamla Abou Zekry is an Egyptian television and film director, who has directed a variety of well-known films and television series, such as A Girl Called Zat, Women’s Prison, 100 Faces, and One-Zero, the latter of which competed at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. Her film, A Day for Women, had premiered at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, was the opener for the 2016 Cairo International Film Festival, and competed at the 2017 Khouribga African Film Festival. In addition to her illustrious growing career, Abou Zekry has also taken part in many international and national film festivals, including the Cairo International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Luxor African Film Festival, Valencia Festival of Mediterranean Cinema, and Venice International Film Festival. Of her films, 18 Days was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has been nominated for several prestigious international awards, including the 2017 Film Africa Audience Award.