Ayten Amin was born in 1978, Alexandria, Egypt. She graduated from French school “La Mere De Dieu” 1995, and from Faculty of Commerce 1999. She studied Film Criticism in Cinema Writers and Critics Association 200 and cinema independently in Art Lab – The American University in Cairo (2004-2006).
She made 2 documentary films during the two years of studying. She directed her first short fiction “Her Man” as a graduation project in December 2006, based on a short story by well-known Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif. The film was screened in many international festivals such as “Clermont Ferrand – France”, “BeFilm – New York”, “Arcipelago – Rome”… and got several national prizes. It was also screened exclusively for a whole year in Canal Plus – France, 2007/2008.
She Directed a number of publicity films for many institutions, such as “WHO” “UN”. In 2009, Ayten made a short fiction film “Spring 89”, produced by The Egyptian Film Center. The film got many awards in Egypt and was screened at several international film festivals.
She won the Cairo Film Connection prize for best project ”69 Messaha Square” AKA “Villa 69” in December 2010. “Villa 69” was selected in Pavillion Des Cinemas Du Monde, Cannes Film Festival 2011. It also won the Hubert Bals Fund award in Durban Film Mart July 2011 in South Africa.
Her film Tahrir 2011 was officially selected out of competition section in Venice International Film Festival September 2011 and won the CICT-IFTC awardIt was officially selected in TIFF Toronto International Film Festival September 2011and it was officially nominated for best documentary in Cinema For Peace award Berlin 2012 .