YOUSSEF CHERIF RIZKALLAH
FILM CRITIC & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CAIRO FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)
The first recipient of the Achievement Award by The Critics Awards, to be handed to him at this year’s Cannes. One of the pioneers of film journalism in Egypt, Youssef presented the highest-profile TV and radio shows about cinema. At the Cairo International Film Festival, he has remained on as Artistic Director or the festival’s management team even amid all the changes that have occurred to the festival over the years. Youssef’s programmes elicit a sense of nostalgia among both his public and across the film industry where he is held in high regard.