Hend Bakr, Mayye Zayed, Ahmed Magdy Morsy, Mohamad El-Hadidi, Nermeen Salem and Mohamed Zedan are Egyptain filmmakers who met and studied together in the Jesuits Cultural Center's Film School in Alexandria in 2009/2010. They were all part of the crew of Ibrahim El Batout's feature Hawi in 2010. Although they come from different backgrounds, they have always worked together as different crew members in each others' work. In 2010 they started working on their first feature The Mice Room that was finished 3 years later in 2013. Together they have founded Rufy's Films to keep on making films with each other and to help other filmmakers as well.
After studying Engineering in Alexandria University, Mayye studied filmmaking in the Jesuit’s Film School in 2009/2010. Later, she had a Fulbright scholarship to study cinema & media studies in Wellesley College in USA in 2011/2012 which also enabled her to study in MIT. Mayye is also an alumna of the Berlinale Talents, Documentary Campus Masterschool and the American Film Showcase documentary program in USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Hadidi studied filmmaking in the Jesuit’s Film School in 2009/2010. In 2013 he made his first short “Alban Wady El-Neel” that won many awards including the Best Short Film award in the National Film Festival for the Egyptian Cinema in 2014. Hadidi is also an award winning producer, whose films have been screened in major film festivals all over the world. In addition to this he is a cinematographer and a photographer.
After studying English Literature in Alexandria University, Nermeen studied filmmaking in the Jesuit’s Film School in 2009/2010. Then she had a Fulbright scholarship to study film & religion in the University of Saint Thomas in USA in 2010/2011. Nermeen is interested in animated and stop-motion films. She is now working on her first feature animated film.
After studying Law in Alexandria University, Zedan studied filmmaking in the Jesuit’s Film School in 2009/2010. Later, he studied in MASS Alexandria for contemporary art in 2013. Zedan is also a film curator who used to program the film screenings in the Jesuits Cultural Centre in 2014/2015 and in Zawya Alexandria in 2015. He now works as an editor in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as he is working on his first feature documentary "I Have A Picture" as a director.
Hend is a poet and a short story writer, whose work has been published in several newspapers and periodicals. After studying Arabic Literature in El Azhar University, she studied filmmaking in the Jesuit’s Film School in 2009/2010. She also worked as a curator and a coordinator of culture activities in "ACML Egypt" cultural office. Then she participated in the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM) in Roma 2011.