Born in Cairo, Egypt, award-winning writer, director and producer Karim Hanafy received a degree in philosophy from Cairo University in 2002 and began working as an Assistant Director for television, theater, documentaries and short films. In 2005, he directed his debut short film Too Late. In 2006, he founded the Cairo Jesuit Cinema School in collaboration with Father William Sidhom at the El- Nahda Association for Scientific and Cultural Renaissance that offers training and production support for burgeoning filmmakers. Karim Hanafy has been running the Cairo Jesuit as the School Director and he also worked as a lecturer from 2006 to 2012. In 2006, he was awarded a production grant by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his screenplay The Gate of Departure. The Gate of Departure is Karim Hanafy’s debut feature film.