Karim Gamal El Din

Born in Egypt, Karim Gamal El Din joins the American University, Cairo till 1984.  In 1987, he graduates as a Bachelor of Mass Communication from Menlo College (Paolo Alto, California). In 1988, he founds the company ORKA for Digital Special Effects, the first of its kind in the Middle East, then in 1990, the company ELIXIR for Film Production and Distribution.
In 1997, the company ELIXIR is the first to introduce off-line editing to Egyptian cinema. In the year 2000, ELIXIR expands by landing lease on the mythical Studio Misr, one of the first and largest film studios in Egypt, and the one that launched Egyptian film industry. Since then, the name is slightly transformed to become Studio Masr of which he is the CEO (Misr -or Masr as pronounced by Egyptians- meaning Egypt). But the real transformation of the studio lies in renovated buildings, modernized equipment and new technologies introduced, notably at the level of film lab, editing and sound.

A cinema passionate by all means, Karim Gamal El Din is a filmmaker, a producer, a foreman and a studio manager – all essential for a film to exist – he doesn’t hesitate to borrow whichever hat is needed for films to be made.

As a filmmaker, we owe Karim Hassan wa Aziza: Kadeyat Amn Dawla (Hassan and Aziza: A State Security Case) in 1999, as well as a number of short documentaries.

He distributed in Egypt the long documentary Four Women From Egypt by Tahani Rached (ONF production, 1997), of which he was also the local producer in Egypt.

As a producer, in addition to his first film, we owe Karim El-Banate Dol (These Girls) by Tahani Rached in 2006 (Official Selection in Cannes Film Festival 2006) ,  Ehna Etkabelna Qabl Kedah (Have We Met Before) by Hisham El Shafei in 2008, Giran (Neighbors) by Tahani Rached (2009), and Nafass Taweel (A Deep Long Breath) by Tahani Rached (2012), which he produced together with the film’s director.




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