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Sherif El Bendary

Sherif El Bendary


Film Director


Interchange Participant 2013


Born in 1978, Egyptian filmmaker Sherif Elbendary lives and works in Cairo. Elbendary graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in 2001 then he pursued studying film directing at the High Institute of Cinema in Cairo. He graduated in 2007 with an honorable mention and received his diploma in 2010 from the High Institute of Cinema, where he has been teaching film directing since 2008.

In 2004 Elbendary started working as Assistant Director in feature films and in commercials. During 2008 and 2009 Elbendary directed six documentaries between Mauritania and in Egypt for Al Jazeera TV produced by Hot Spot Films in Dubai as well as many TV commercials .?
His first short fiction film “Rise & Shine” produced by the Egyptian Film Center in
2006 was officially selected in more than 75 film festivals in 33 countries and won 15 awards.
Elbendary’ s second short film was his graduation project “At Day's End” produced by the High Institute of Cinema in 2008 which was officially selected in more than 50 film festivals and won 14 awards.
Sherif participated with the short “curfew”, which was part of the collective feature “18 days”, an official selection in Cannes 2011 and a lot of other several festivals.

Sherif selected as jury member in a many national and international film festivals .

Sherif has been working on his first feature film script “two rooms and a parlor” since early 2010.