Hala Lofty

Hala Lofty

Egypt

Biography

Hala is an Egyptian filmmaker, born in 1973, who studied economies and political science and graduated from Cairo University in 1995. Then she studied filmmaking in the Cairo Film Institute and graduated with honors in 1999. She worked as an assistant director in the commercial field for two years before deciding it is not the place she belongs to. She made three documentaries independently from 2001 to 2004. She worked with Aljazeera documentary channel making seven TV documentaries in a series called “Arabs of Latin America” from 2005 to 2006. In 2007 she began producing her long feature debut COMING FORTH BY DAY totally independentLY using her saved money and a small grant afterwards in 2008. The project was suspended for sometime and was resumed after the revolution. In July 2011, Hala received the prestigious Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award, given to a new cinematic voice reflecting integrity of spirit in independent film. In 2010, with the help of the partners of COMING FORTH BY DAY, Hala founded “Hassala productions” which is an independent company aiming to support young artists to achieve their dream projects by offering them free cameras and edit suits and fund raising consultations to help them keep their independence as much as they can.

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