Filmmaker Spotlight – Mohamed Shalaby

Mohamed Shalaby, director of short documentary 51K, is our filmmaker of the week!


Mohamed is an Egyptian filmmaker, who has worked on various projects for TV, short films, documentaries, and music videos, and produced a number of his own projects. He currently works as a director, writer and editor, and is a strong believer of the guerrilla film-making style.


Mohamed was selected to attend last year’s Global Short Docs Forum at Frontline Club in London during the development of his coming of age documentary, 51K.


51 Kilos is about a boy becoming a young man and discovering that weight loss is not the magic key to happiness he was hoping for. It is about body image, mental health, masculinity and the pressures of growing up surrounded by imagery of perfection.


We spoke to Mohamed about his experience at the Forum,


“Especially filmmakers coming from areas like Nigeria, or me from Egypt, we don’t have this powerful community of filmmakers. So sometimes we feel that we are alone or we are working here and no one really gets us. Meeting this number of people who are all interested in or who want to make great films about great stories, it’s been amazing”


– Mohamed Shalaby, GSDF 2018 Attendee



Whilst at the Global Short Docs Forum, Mohamed was able to pitch his documentary, 51K, to a number of digital platforms and secured a commission from BBC Arabic.


His film is currently in the late post production stage, and will be released before the end of this year on the BBC Arabic channel and numerous digital platforms.


To see the latest updates on Mohamed’s work follow @shpanda95


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Global Short Docs Forum 2019 is now open for applications! Click here to find out more here.