A multi-award winning Egyptian filmmaker and producer who lives between Paris and New York

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About Hisham

Hisham Abdel Khalek is a multi awards winning Egyptian film producer, director and scriptwriter who lives between Paris and New York. He produced and directed films, opera and theater plays. In 2002, he was involved in the production of opera “Aida” in Doha, Qatar and “Aida” under the pyramids of Giza (Egypt) as the artistic director. He produced a series of operas and classic music concerts in Egypt, Syria, Dubai, France, Netherlands and other countries. His operatic repertoire includes 20 operas ranging from Aida, Tosca, Carmen, Rigoletto, La Traviata, La Boheme to Turandot.

In 2008, he co- founded with Olivier Delesse their French production and distribution company “So Freakantastik”. Hisham Abdel Khalek was the European distributor and PR responsible for Al Arabia Cinema the biggest cinema group in Egypt. In 2014, he co-founded with Olivier Delesse their New York production company “H & O Productions”.

He created his new musical production Akhenaten The Musical, Book by Hisham Abdel Khalek and Mohamed Metwally, Lyrics by Mohamed Metwally and Music by Hesham Nazih. The New Broadway Bound in development now in New York . In early 2015, Hisham Abdel Khalek became a member of SDC “Stage Directors and Choreographers Society” and produced concert highlights of Akhenaten the Musical at Queens Central Library, Stage 72/The Triad and Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.

On October 13, 2015, Hisham Abdel Khalek directed the gala hosted by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York in front of the Temple of Dendur where 4 songs from Akhenaten the Musical were performed. Attended by more than 600 Permanent Representatives of UN member States, high ranking UN officials and representatives from the business community, politics and the media in New York and Washington DC, the event was part of the candidature of Egypt for a non-permanent member seat at the UN Security Council, that Egypt later obtained on October 15, 2015 with 179 votes out of 190.

Filmography

2016
– Behind the I…! (15’) – Hisham Abdel Khalek & Saad Bin Mohammed
• Jury Prize Winner, 3rd Alexandria Short Film Festival
• Cannes Short Film Corner 2017
• 7th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2017 – Official Competition
• FUICLA 2017 – Official Competition
• Euriasia Intenrational Film Festival 2017 – Official Competition
• Rotterdam Arabic Film Festival 2017 – Official Competition
– A footnote in Ballet History ? (118’) – Hisham Abdel Khalek
• Winner of 3rd best Documentary at 25th FESPACO 2017 Pan African Film Festival of
Ouagadougou
• 38th Cairo International Film Festival – International Panorama
• Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes – Best Documentary Section
• 15th Dhaka International Film Festival – Cinema of the World
• 6th Luxor African Film Festival – Official Section Out of Competition
• 3rd Alexandria Short Film Festival – Special Section
• 2nd Sunlight International Film Festival – Official Competition
• 14thArchaeology Channel International Film Festival – Official Competition
• Gold Movie awards Goddess Nike – Official Monthly Selection
• Mawassem du cinéma arabe 2017– Official Competition
• The Arab Film Festival in Tübingen 2017 – Official Competition
• PriMed 2017 – Official Competition
2015
– Egyptian Permanent Mission to the UN Gala Event on October 13 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
– Dark Future music video from Akhenaten The Musical featuring Seph Stanek (6′)
– O My Son music video from Akhenaten The Musical featuring N’Kenge (5′)
2013 – Akhenaten The Musical – Hisham Abdel Khalek (The New Broadway Bound musical In development – New York)
2011 – El Masryeen Band Concert at Sakia El Sawy Cultural Center
2010 – Portrait of Esaad Younis (15’)
2009 – Arab Cultural Festival in Paris opening and closing gala at UNESCO and Mairie du 15e arrondissement
2009 – Salam Ya Joe (7’)
• 3ème Salon du cinéma à Paris
2008
– Fatoush (10’)
• Special Mention in Festival of Nations, Austria
• Short Film Corner 2009 – Cannes Film Festival
• 3ème Salon du cinéma à Paris
• 24ème Marché du film court – Festival International du Court Métrage Clermont-Ferrand
• 10ème Marché du film court – Festival Tous Courts
• Marché du film – 23e édition du Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest
– Destinée (15′)
• Short Film Corner 2008 – Cannes Film Festival
• 15th International Short Film Market Cinema Jove
• 19 Festival Internacional de Curtas de São Paulo – Brazil
2005 – Love is hard, a video clip of Gasser (2’)
2004 – Images of war, short documentary (6’)
2002
– Artistic Director of Opera Aida Qatar
– Artistic Director of Opera Aida under the Pyramids
2000 – Portrait for Alexandria Film Festival about Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Faten Hama and Naguib Mahfouz (3’)

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