Mohamed Maged

Egyptian filmmaker, Co-Founder of DASH Group media & film production.

An international award-winning creative and film director. One of the Notable Alumni of the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, and studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, USA. Achieved his Bachelor's and postgraduate degrees in filmmaking and cinema studies from the Academy of Art in Egypt.

His whole life, he has studied and worked in the art field, worked in advertising, animation projects, TV commercials, and films, as a creative and film director, and participated in most of the hit campaigns, branding, and TV commercials in MENA over the past decade.

Winning and being nominated for over 85 international and regional awards from different films and advertising festivals.

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Your project has entered our festival. What is your project about?
"Trapped" explores the concept of karma, following a young man who finds himself caught in an inescapable loop. No matter which direction he moves, he remains trapped within the same frame, reflecting the consequences of his past actions.

What are your ambitions with your project?
My primary ambition with "Trapped" is to trigger thinking and introspection among the audience. I want viewers to question the consequences of their actions and consider the connection between fate and karma.
Tell us something about your shooting. What pleasantly surprised you?
Shooting "Trapped" at the New York Film Academy in LA was an incredible experience. What pleasantly surprised me was the dedication and creativity of the cast and crew. Their enthusiasm and commitment elevated the project.

For what group of spectators is your film targeted?
"Trapped" is designed to appeal to a broad audience interested in narratives that explore the consequences of one's actions, the concept of destiny, and the interplay between personal choice and fate.

Why should distributors buy your film?
Distributors should consider "Trapped" for its distinctive storyline, captivating visuals, and the universal appeal of its thematic elements. It offers a fresh perspective on karma and consequences, making it a valuable addition to any film catalog.
How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?
"Trapped" is characterized by its philosophical depth, visual innovation, and the seamless integration of storytelling elements. It challenges traditional narrative structures and engages the audience through its unique concept and execution.

Why did you decide to become a filmmaker?
Filmmaking, for me, is a powerful medium to communicate ideas, emotions, and perspectives. It provides a platform to explore creativity, challenge perceptions, and connect with audiences on a profound level. I was drawn to filmmaking's ability to tell stories in a way that resonates and lingers.

Who is your role model?
My role models include filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan, who inspire me with their ability to craft compelling narratives and push the boundaries of storytelling.

Which movies are your favorites? Why?
Movies like "The Shawshank Redemption", "The Godfather." and "Cinema Paradiso" are favorites of mine due to their thought-provoking narratives and innovative storytelling techniques.

Where do you look for inspiration for your films?
Inspiration often comes from life experiences, literature, art, and the diverse cultures and stories that surround us. Observing the human condition and exploring its nuances serve as constant sources of inspiration.

Which topics interest you the most?
I am particularly drawn to themes that explore the complexities of human relationships, existential questions, and the interplay between destiny and personal choices.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?
Winning over 85 international awards and nominations for my work has been a significant achievement. Each recognition reaffirms my commitment to storytelling and the craft of filmmaking, and the most important reward is the gratifying to see the film resonate with audiences.
What do you consider most important about filming?
Authentic storytelling is paramount. Connecting with the audience emotionally and intellectually, while maintaining the integrity of the narrative, is the essence of filmmaking.

Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?
Every film requires a unique approach, so there's no one-size-fits-all technique. The best technique is the one that serves the narrative and enhances the viewer's experience.

How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?
Current filmmaking showcases incredible diversity and innovation. The accessibility of technology has empowered storytellers globally, leading to a rich tapestry of narratives.

What can disappoint you in a movie?
A lack of authenticity and emotional resonance can be disappointing. If a film fails to engage on a genuine level or relies solely on superficial elements, it may not leave a lasting impact.

Who supports you in your film career?
I am fortunate to have a dedicated team, supportive friends, and a family who have been pillars of encouragement throughout my film career.