"Cairo Drive" premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2013 - where it was awarded the "Best Film From the Arab World" prize in the documentary competition.
Sherief Elkatsha was born in the United States, raised in Cairo, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2006, Elkatsha directed, shot and edited his first feature-length documentary, Butts Out, about 5 smokers and their struggle to quit. The film received the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 New England Film and Video Festival, and was an official selection at The Rhode Island Intl. Film Festival, the Rendez Vous with Madness Film Festival, and the Hollywood DV Festival.
A year later, Elkatsha co–directed and shot with Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) Egypt: We are Watching You, a documentary about politics in Egypt as seen through the eyes of the pro-democracy activist group, Shayfeen.com. The film was aired on 42 different networks around the world.
Elkatsha returned to Egypt in 2009 as cinematographer for Cairo Garbage, directed by Mikala Krogh and produced by the Danish Film Institute and Danish Broadcasting Corporation, DR TV. As part of the Cities on Speed series, the film was broadcast all over the world on various networks, including the Sundance Channel in April 2010.
Back in the U.S., Elkatsha shot and edited his first music video “Not Write About Boys” for indie pop band Supercute! which premiered in April 2010 on Boing Boing.
Other professional credits include serving as musical advisor for Artisan Entertainment’s Startup.com, and working on music videos for Wyclef Jean and The Roots, television shows for Comedy Central and Jim Henson Productions, and Discovery Channel’s Eco-Challenge (Morocco/Argentina).