A.B. Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker based in Cairo and New York. Past projects include Hulu's The Looming Tower where he worked as a Writers' Assistant and Arabic Consultant. He is the first Egyptian director to go to Cannes with a first feature. He is also an avid soccer fan who always supports the underdog, and is rarely impressed.


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New York University | Tisch School of the Arts

 MFA, Film Production

American University in Cairo

 BA, Political Science

Higher Institute of Cinema | Egypt

 BFA, Directing



Yomeddine (2018) | fiction feature | writer/director

  • ​ Cannes Film Festival - world premiere

Things I Heard on Wednesdays (2012) | documentary short | writer/director

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • New York Film Festival

  • Krakow Film Festival

  • European Independent Film Festival

Martyr Friday (2011) | fiction short | writer/director

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • Raindance Film Festival

  • American International Film Festival

  • Manhattan Short Fest

  • Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival

  • Skepto Film Festival

  • Angelus Film Festival

The Colony (2008) | documentary short | writer/director

  • Cairo National Film Festival

    • Best Short Documentary​​​​

  • Las Vegas International Film Festival

    • ​Golden Ace Award​

  • Houston International FIlm Festival

    • Bronze Remi Award

  • Ismailia International Film Festival

    • Best Arab Documentary Award​

    • Jury Award

  • Port Said Film Festival

    • Silver Award

  • Rencontres de L'image Festival

  • Alexandria International Film Festival

  • Rotterdam Arab Film Festival

  • London Young Film Festival

  • Arabische Filmnächte Winterthur

  • The Art Factory Tokyo