BIOGRAPHY

Tamer Ezzat: Director/ Producer

Tamer Ezzat originally graduated as a Physics & Electronics Major at the American University in Cairo in 1994. But soon he turned his attention to the making of films and worked as a film editor, where he edited films for famed directors such as Yousef Chahine (Silence, we’re rolling) & Yousry Nasrallah (The City – Boys, Girls & the veil). In 2001, he received a Fulbright grant to study at the Center for Advanced Digital Applications (CADA) at New York University, earning a Certificate in Digital Special Effects. At the same time, he pursued a diploma in film directing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA.)
His award winning short film “The Decision,” was to be the main production of his time in New York. But following the events of September 11, 2001, he shifted his attention to producing a documentary about Egyptians living in the city titled “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright!”. After being screened in the US, Europe and the Middle Eest, his doc won the prestigious State Encouragement Award in 2004.
Since returning to his native Cairo in 2002, Ezzat has been a director / producer of several regional networks. He directed the first Egyptian sitcom titled “Ahmed married Mona” in 2007. His film “The Place I Call Home”, which he both produced and directed, was officially selected in more than 13 festivals, received 4 awards and was dubbed as ‘Unforgettable’ in Egyptian press.
In 2010, Tamer Ezzat wrote his directorial narrative debut, “The Ring Road,” which premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival and San Francisco Arab Film Festival. Ezzat’s critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Tahrir 2011’, about the Egyptian revolution, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and several other major festivals around the world. It was the first Egyptian documentary to be theatrically released in Egypt.
From 2012-2014, Ezzat has directed and produced several non-fiction projects that ranged from reality TV to investigative documentaries to musical docs that aired on major TV networks in the Arab region. Currently, Ezzat is in post-production for his second feature length narrative film titled “When We’re Born”.


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