Mostafa Sheshtawy is an Egyptian film director and cinematographer. Started his career as photojournalist during the Egyptian revolution in 2011 with work published in various media outlets, including LA Times, Al Jazeera, BBC, ONTV, The Daily News Egypt and many others before moving into motion pictures.
His directorial debut was in 2015 with a short documentary film “Immortalizing Memories” which screened in Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2015, in Qatar, Sudan Independent Film Festival, 2015, World of Film: International Festival Glasgow 2016, Giffoni Film Festival 2016 and other festivals. The film was then sold to Qatar Airways.
In the same year, Mostafa directed his first short narrative film; a romantic comedy called “Love Blood Test” produced by Doha Film Institute and went on to screen in various festivals in 2016.
In 2016, Mostafa took his cinematography further; going to USA to study cinematography by well established cinematographers and professionals in the American industry. Coming back from the intensive experience, he DP’d three short films “The Cave” by Mohammed Al Ibrahim, “Caravan” by Suzzanah Mirghani and “Is That All There is” by Eiman Marghani. Later in the same year, he mentored two more short films “Dunya” by Amer Jumhor and “Shishbarak” by Bayan Dahdah, part of a workshop mentored by Ahmad Abdallah, Hisham Saqr and Nadine Salib in Doha, produced by the Doha Film Institute.
In 2017, Mostafa wrapped a feature film with acclaimed Egyptian Director/DP Ahmad Abdallah on “Night Exterior” as camera operator. The film will premiere in Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and will represent Egypt in the Cairo International Film Festival 2018 Official Competition. In early 2018 Mostafa DP’d Hisham Saqr’s first feature film “Certified Mail”, which went to Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018 Work in Progress and Venice Film Festival 2018 Final Cut Program.