Egyptian producer and scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy is on the jury of the 2022 International Emmy awards, scheduled to take place on 21 November 2022 in New York.
Hefzy commented on his official Facebook page:
Thank you to the International Emmy Awards for the jury invitation. Now I know how difficult it is to reach the final nominations stage, so I definitely appreciate the achievement of Mengo Minki even more.
About Mohamed Hefzy
Mohamed Hefzy is an award-winning Egyptian screenwriter and producer who has written, produced, and co-produced nearly 40 feature films in Egypt, the US, the UK, and the Arab world along with TV series and TV shows. In 2006, he founded his company Film Clinic, one of the most major production companies in Egypt and the Arab world that is active in the international markets. He also founded Film Clinic Indie Distribution and co-founded MeeM Creative Circle.
He was the Cairo International Film Festival president from 2018 to 2021. In 2013, Screen International named him as the only Arab among 30 future leaders in film production. In 2016, he topped Variety’s list of “Ten names you need to know in the Arab Film Industry”.
He was selected twice on the list of Variety’s 500 (2019-2020) as one of the most influential people working in the media industry worldwide. The Hollywood Reporter and the Arab Cinema Center also named him for the “Arab Cinema Personality of the Year” award. In June 2019, he became a member of the Academy Of Motions Pictures Arts And Sciences. In 2021, Hefzy received the Medal of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” from the French Embassy in Cairo.
Hefzy’s films joined numerous major film festivals and won over 100 international awards. In 2016, one of his productions (Clash) was chosen as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes International Film Festival. In the following year, he returned to Cannes as a co-producer of Yomeddine, this time in the official competition. In 2019, Sudancese film You Will Die at Twenty, co-produced by Hefzy, won Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film. In 2021, his film Feathers won the International Critics’ Week Grand Prize, and the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival. Furthermore, Hefzy’s film Amira won three awards at Venice International Film Festival.
He is the former director of the Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, and was on the advisory board of Cairo International Film Festival from 2015 to 2017. He has also been a board member of the Egyptian Chamber of Cinema since 2013. In March 2018, Hefzy was assigned the responsibility of presiding over the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, making him the youngest president in the festival’s history”.
Hefzy is a film activist and offered several workshops and training programs, on film industry, conducted in cooperation with international organizations and institutes. He was a jury member previously at the, Sundance Film Festival 2022. BFI London Film Festival (2019), Venice International Film Festival (2018) Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (2011), Cairo International Film Festival (2010), as well as several other local and Arab festivals.
About the Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards, or Emmys, are a range of awards for artistic and technical merit in United States television and are considered one of the four major American awards for performing arts and entertainment.