• 23.04.2017

    Closing ceremony of the festival
  • 23.04.2017

    Closing ceremony of the festival
  • 23.04.2017

    Closing ceremony of the festival
  • 20.04.2017

    19th IIFF
  • 19.04.2017

    The opening film "Beyond Flamenco" 90s - Documentary - Spain - 2016
  • 22.04.2017

    Ismailia for documentary films and short honors “Qalioubi”
  • 18.03.2017

    Starting of first workshops for Ismailia International Film Festival
Festival President

Essam Zakarea

Film Critic


A Cairo-born journalist, film critic and researcher, he wrote hundreds of articles about films for several Arabic publications. Zakarea was the author of ten books about Egyptian and foreign cinemas. He also translated from English and German tens of articles, and many novels and books about cinema. He was jury member in several local and international film festival and participated in many cultural seminars, research circles, film programs, in addition to working in different positons in many Egyptian film festivals.


Among the positions he had held: Editor-in-chief of Nazra Magazine dedicated to independent cinema, instructor at the film department of the AUC (American University in Cairo), instructor at Jesuit Film School in Alexandria, SEMAT Film School, Emad Eddin Studio Film Workshop and Raffat Elmeihy Film Academy






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