This November marks Film Independent’s fourth-year partnership with the US Embassy in Cairo and the Cairo International Film Festival. This year, Film Independent will produce a workshop focused on the art and craft of cinematography that will be led by American cinematographer Irvin Liu.

This five-day immersive workshop focuses on the art and craft of storytelling from a cinematography perspective.  It will expose the participants to the fundamental tools and principles used by the cinematographer to create compelling images generated from the context of the script. In addition to demonstrations of lighting and camera techniques, the workshop will provide instructions on current workflow practices, and film analysis and discuss the creative collaboration with the director and their creative team including the production designer, costume designer, and other members of the camera and lighting departments (gaffer, grip). The workshop will also cover the role of the cinematographer in the post-production process.

Dates: November 14-18, 2022

Applicants must be:

  1. Egyptian citizens

  2. At least 18 years of age or older at time of application

  3. This workshop is open to emerging filmmakers, recent film school graduates, and film students who are in their junior or senior year

  4. Applicants must be proficient in English

To be considered for this workshop, applicants must submit:

  1. Biography (150 words)

  2. A statement of interest that explains why you are interested in attending this workshop (500 words maximum)

All participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (two doses) and must wear masks at all times during the workshop.

All participants must commit to attending all portions of the workshop


Film Independent

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and Film Independent Presents, in addition to screenings, education programs, filmmaker labs, and more. Anyone passionate about film can become a Member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or film lover.