Dr. Mohamed Ghazala elected ASIFA vice president

Dr. Mohamed Ghazala
Updated 19 February 2019
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Dr. Mohamed Ghazala elected ASIFA vice president

Dr. Mohamed Ghazala from Egypt has been elected vice president of the International Association of Animation Films (ASIFA) for a three-year term, which ends in 2022. The elections were held in January among the 40 members of the international board of ASIFA, which represents more than 5,000 members in the field of animated films around the world. Sayoko Kinoshita, head of the Japanese chapter, was elected president of ASIFA; she will also serve a three-year term. Three other vice presidents from China, Austria and the US were also elected.

Dr. Ghazala is an assistant professor of animation and the chair of the Department of Visual and Digital Production at Effat University in Jeddah, which is the first in the Kingdom to teach film production, animation, screenwriting and interactive media. He has won several awards for his films, including the prize for Best Animation of the African Oscars (AMAA) in Nigeria 2010 for “Honyan’s Shoe.” He has also done a range of studies in the field of animated films, including writing two books — “Animation in the Arab World” and “Animation in Africa.”

ASIFA was founded in 1960 in Annecy, France as an association of individual animation artists, headed by Norman McLaren, a Scottish-Canadian animator, director and producer; and Paul Grimoult, a French animator. Since its founding 59 years ago, ASIFA has promoted the art of animation through a variety of activities: Supporting festivals, organizing training and educational workshops, creating archives, presenting annual awards such as the Annie Award in Hollywood, and celebrating the World Animation Day on Oct. 28 each year.

ASIFA has more than 40 branches around the world. The Arab and African branch, ASIFA Egypt, was established in Alexandria in 2008; it has launched a series of local and regional initiatives since its establishment. 

These include organizing monthly performances at the Bibliotheca Alexandarina under the supervision of the late critic Samir Farid and also holding workshops with foreign animation artists in several Arab and African countries, such as Algeria, Ghana, South Africa, Libya, Comoros, Jordan, Cape Verde and Morocco, in addition to launching the ASIFA Egypt Prize for the best Egyptian, Arab and African film.


Record-breaking attractions at LuLu Food Carnival

Updated 25 March 2019
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Record-breaking attractions at LuLu Food Carnival

LuLu Hypermarket is hosting a two-week food festival offering a wide variety of products and culinary treats inspired by flavors from around the world.
Food Carnival 2019 was launched on Sunday at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch in Riyadh and runs until April 6.
On offer are a number of special deals on food products and exciting in-store activities such as cooking competitions, live cooking demos, free sampling, quiz contests and gigantic displays of food.
LuLu has partnered with Almarai and Guinness World Records to offer customers a chance to be the next Guinness World Records title holder. Customers can make an attempt to break up to nine world records, such as the fastest time to drink a 250-ml quantity of milk through a straw or the fastest time to stack cheeses. The Guinness World Records events will be held on March 29 at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall, Riyadh; on March 30 at LuLu Mall Dammam; and on April 5 at LuLu Hypermarket, Marwah, Jeddah.
LuLu Director for Saudi Arabia Shehim Mohammed said: “LuLu has once again transformed into a culinary destination. This year, we have brought together a well-chosen product selection that will satisfy the lifestyle requirements of our customer base. This festival also celebrates the innovative spirit of our culinary talents with the support of top chefs in the country. People will have a chance to interact with celebrity chefs during the festival’s live cooking demonstrations. Super offers, such as product of the day, daily surprise, hourly offers, and so much more awaits our shoppers for the entire 14-day promotion.”