Education

DFI works with a network of esteemed industry mentors who provide expertise in shaping the institute’s training initiatives.

  • Christian Routh

    Filmmaker

    Christian Routh began his highly accomplished career in the film industry as a film buyer …
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    …(acquiring such titles as BRAZIL, THE KILLING FIELDS, HIGHLANDER, THE EMERALD FOREST, and LEGEND) and then became Head of Selection at the European Script Fund in the 1990s (working on such titles as BREAKING THE WAVES, NAKED, ORLANDO, ELIZABETH, ROB ROY, TOTO LE HERO, THE NEON BIBLE, LIVE FLESH and THE VAN).

    He moved to Catalonia from the UK in 2000 to be a film consultant and is currently head of studies of two MEDIA supported training schemes: Four Corners and ScripTease. Christian is the co-author, with the late Dagmar Benke, of a book called SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT. He acts as a consultant, lecturer, screenwriter, and script editor, for various European production companies, state agencies and film schools; including the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam, where he has been teaching for over 10 years.

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    Ziad Doueiri

    Filmmaker

    Ziad Doueiri is a Lebanese-born cinematographer, film director and writer. …
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    …He grew up during the civil war. At 20, he left Lebanon and studied Film in the United States, graduating from San Diego State University In 1986, with a degree in Film.

    From 1987 to 1997, Ziad worked as a camera assistant and camera operator in Los Angeles. He is best known for his award winning Feature film West Beirut and cooperation with Quentin Tarantino as camera assistant for Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown. His latest Feature The Attack is currently in post-production. Ziad previously mentored aspiring Qatari filmmakers during DFI’s successful 2010 Filmmaker program.

    In 1998, he wrote and directed his first feature film West Beirut, which won a multitude of international awards, including: Cannes 1998 – Director’s fortnight - François CHALAIS AWARD; and Toronto 1998 – International Critics award.

    In 2004, he co-wrote and directed the film LILA SAYS. Lila Says played at Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Miami International film festival. It won best Screenplay, best actor and best film at the Gijon Film festival in Spain; and the Grand Jury Award in Verona film festival in Italy.

    In 2006, Ziad directed SLEEPER CELL, a TV series for Showtime Network. In 2012, he finished the film THE ATTACK, a script written by Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma based on the book “The Attack” by Yasmina Khadra. The film is produced by 3B PRODUCTIONS and Doha Film Institute.

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  • Abdulla Hassan

    Filmmaker

    Abdullah is one of the founders of the film industry in the UAE and directors in the world of cinema. …
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    …His work received many awards including best film at the first Gulf Film Festival, best director at Arab Film Festival at San Francisco 2008 and at Dubai film festival. He had screenings at Arab Film festival in Paris, short short in Japan, Rotterdam in Holland and other Arab countries. In 2006, Digital studio magazine chose him best Young Arab Director.

    Some of his works as a director and producer (Al Thafar – Al Muraihana – Al Fustan – SumoAl Fia’al – Ameen – Asafeer Al Qaith – Sama’a Sagheera – Tinback – Asghar min Al Samaa). Also, he participated in producing many Emirati works that were successful (Sabeel – Reeh). He is managing the Faradees production company where he produced many recent Emirati films. Abdullah made the TV film (Sora Naqessa 2008) finished shooting the series (Banat Al Jamea’a 2012) and other work; directed TV shows at a number local Emirati channels (Howa Ya Mal) and documentaries and video clips; where he worked on many national videos. He works as an independent and professional director and producer in advertising which were aired at local channels such as the advertising campaign “The good is in our children and the community is our responsibility to keep safe “for the Ministry of Culture, youth and community development.

    Abdullah is one of the founders of Faradees and Inekas group for Art. He participated in spreading the cinematic culture using screening, giving many workshops on short films and volunteering work. He was a member of the jury at the student’s competition under the ministry of culture and youth, at Emirates film competition 2010 and at the Wahran International festival for long film 2010. He also participated at events and art and cultural forums to represent UAE abroad such as Qareen festival in Kuwait. He is preparing for many other short and long films and television shows with his advertising work.

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