Sameh Alaa

Sameh Alaa


Sameh Alaa


writer & director




Sameh Alaa is an Egyptian director, producer, and screenwriter. His first short film FIFTEEN premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and won several awards in festivals around the world. His last short film I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE became the first Egyptian film to be awarded Palme d’Or in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Competition 2020. The film continues its festival run at San Sebastian Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival , Cleremont-Ferrand International , Palm Springs Film Festival , Moscow International Film Festival and many others. in June 2021, he was named as one of the six jury members for the Cinéfoundation and short films section at the 2021 Cannes film festival. Sameh is currently developing his first feature film Whale Belly.

I am afraid to forget your face

working title

I am afraid to forget your face

project status

completed in 2020

logline / short synopsis

After an 82-day separation, Adam travels a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.


Festival De Cannes – Palme d´Or Short Film 2020