Mohamed El Zayat is one of the most awarded directors in the Middle East.
In his body of work cats sit on pianos while being lifted in stairwells, Ludwig Van Beethoven’s biggest achievement is being recognized as a midi car horn, teenagers dangle from Louis XVI chandeliers, humans live in paintings and kitchens turn upside down.
Zayat’s work manages to mix dark and subtle humor, drama and comedy, absurdity and realism to end up with a bizarre outcome.
Zayat worked as a Creative Director for both McCann world group and BBDO before switching to directing.
Born in Egypt, Zayat went to a French catholic school and lived in over 4 countries in 3 different continents.
He is also a funk/rock/jazz musician and founder/guitarist of Egypt based band “Feel el Neel”.
Zayat lives with his family between Cairo and New York.
He has won multiple Dubai lynx for film and craft (direction) and multiple Mena Cristals (including Grand Prix) and has been featured on shots, one club and many other publications many times.
2023 winner of the yellow pencil in D&AD in direction for the film lonesome traveller.
The first yellow pencil in Egypt’s history and the second in direction in the whole Middle East!