Ahmad Abdalla

Ahmad Abdalla El Sayed Abdelkader (Arabic: أحمد عبد الله السيد‎) (born on December 19, 1979, Cairo) is an Egyptian film director, editor and screenwriter.

Ahmad Abdalla
Ahmad Abdalla El Sayed

(1979-12-19) December 19, 1979 (age 40)
Other namesAhmed Abdallah
OccupationFilm Director, Script Writer, Film Editor
Years active2009–present
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.[1][2]

Participated as a jury member in some film festivals like London Film Festival in the 2014 Edition and Carthage film festival and others.

Had his first retrospective in Singapore international film festival in 2014.

Festivals and awardsEdit

Decor - 2014Edit

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 - 2013Edit

Rags and Tatters premiered 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,[3] The Guardian,[4] and Huffington Post.[5]

Microphone - 2010Edit

Heliopolis - 2009Edit


  1. ^ "Rags and Tatters". TIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  2. ^ "Toronto Adds 75+ Titles To 2013 Edition". Indiewire. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  3. ^ "Toronto Film Review: 'Rags & Tatters'". Variety. September 11, 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Rags and Tatters – London film festival review". The Guardian. October 17, 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Best of Toronto 2013: Ahmed Abdallah's Rags and Tatters". Huffington Post. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Golden Pyramid goes to Al-Shawq". Egyptian Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  7. ^ "Yusra Al-Lawzi". Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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