Ahmad Abdalla is an Egyptian director on the forefront of the new wave of independent cinema in Egypt …
…He began his career as a film editor on commercials and feature-length films in 2003, and directed ‘Heliopolis’, his first feature film, in 2009. It was one of the first independent Egyptian films to receive theatrical release, and it participated in the Toronto International Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Marrakech International Film Festival. Abdalla went on to direct ‘Microphone’ (2010), featuring Egyptian actors Menna Shalabi and Khaled Abol Naga; it was named Best Arabic Film at the Cairo International Film Festival, won the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival and was featured in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. In 2013, Abdalla’s ‘Rags & Tatters’ had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and he directed his most recent film, ‘Decor’, starring Abol Naga and Horeya Farghaly.
Ayman El Amir is an Egyptian filmmaker and academic. Originally a doctor, El Amir obtained an MFA in Film …
…Production and Screenwriting from the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts in Jordan in 2013. That same year, he founded a film production programme in the Department of Visual and Digital Production of the Faculty of Architecture and Design in Saudi Arabia’s Effat University. His work in film includes writing, directing and producing fiction and documentary films, which have screened in numerous international film festivals. In 2015, El Amir returned to Egypt to give a number of workshops and masterclasses on screenwriting, while working as a script reader and editor for the Torino Film Lab and the Doha Film Institute.
After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, Camilla Bubna-Kasteliz started her career as …
…a researcher for documentaries, before moving into fiction films. As a script reader and then story editor, she has worked with most of the major film funders in the UK – from broadcasters and national film funds to script development schemes and screenwriting competitions, as well as for numerous independent production companies. She continues to work with a broad range of writers and genres, focusing particularly on new writers and writers new to film. She also teaches at the Central Film School in London. Bubna-Kasteliz studied screenwriting at the National Film and Television School in the UK and is developing a number of her own projects.
Chris Turiello is a New York City-based cinematographer and camera operator. Since 2013, he has worked as …
…the soundstage manager at Google, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2007 and his Masters degree in Media Studies: Film Form from The New School in New York City in 2010. While at The New School, Chris founded and produced First Features, an organisation dedicated to the awareness and support of directorial debut feature films. From 2011 to 2013, Chris worked closely with renowned Dutch cinematographer and director Leonard Retel-Helmrich, researching the latter’s famous single-shot cinema approach. Turiello has also worked with renowned Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari and Dutch writer-director Paul Ruven. In 2014, Turiello taught cinematography workshops at The New School. His work has been shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Portland Film Festival and the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, among other venues. He is currently in production with a feature-length documentary about his father's obsession with collecting toys.
Christian Routh began his highly accomplished career in the film industry as a film (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.
Dora Bouchoucha graduated with a degree in English Literature and has been a film producer since 1994. Th …
…Dora Bouchoucha graduated with a degree in English Literature and has been a film producer since 1994. Through her company Nomadis Images, she has produced and coproduced several Tunisian and international documentary, short and feature-length films. Her films have been selected for film festivals in Venice, Cannes and Berlin.Bouchoucha founded the Carthage Film Festival Projects Workshop in 1992, and Takmil in 2014. She founded the Sud Écriture workshops in 1997, which she continues to run, and is actively involved in training and promoting southern cinema. She was a permanent member of the International Rotterdam Festival CineMart Board for more than 10 years, and was a consultant for Arab and African films for the selection committee of the Venice International Film Festival from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, Bouchoucha was appointed Head of Fonds Sud, and in 2012, she became President of the CNC Aide aux cinémas du monde. She headed the Carthage Film Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2014. At the 2015 Festival de Cannes, she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. The most recent film she produced, Mohamed Ben Attia’s ‘Hedi, was selected for the Official Competition of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it took the Silver Bear for best actor as well as the Best First Feature prize
Nomadis Images is a Tunisian audiovisual production company whose main activities include the production of short and feature-length fiction films, documentaries and commercials; service provision; and training. The company’s filmography includes ‘Hedi’ (2016), ‘Buried Secrets’ (2009), ‘Barakat’ (2006) and ‘Satin Rouge’ (2002).
Born in Dakar, Ghassan Salhab has directed six feature films, all of which have screened at …
…international festivals: ‘Beyrouth fantôme’ (1998); ‘Terra incognita’ (2002), which was selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival de Cannes; ‘The Last Man’ (2006); ‘1958’ (2009); ‘The Mountain’ (2011); and 'The Valley' (2014). He has also directed numerous short films and videos, including ‘Posthumous’ (2007), ‘Narcisse perdu’ (2004), ‘My Living Body, My Dead Body’ (2003), ‘La Rose de personne’ (2000), ‘Baalbeck’ (co-directed with Akram Zaatari and Mohamad Soueid, 2000), ‘Afrique fantôme’ (1994) and ‘Après la mort’ (1991).
Hisham Saqr was born in Cairo, and began his career in 2005. He has worked with a number of acclaimed …
…Egyptian directors, notably with Ahmad Abdalla on the award-winning ‘Rags and Tatters’ (2013). The two previously collaborated on ‘Microphone’ (2010), for which Saqr won the award for Best Film Editor at the Dubai International Film Festival. He also edited Ibrahim Al Batout’s ‘Winter of Discontent’ (2012), starring Amr Waked, which earned Saqr a Best African Editor nomination from the 2013 African Film Development Foundation Awards. Saqr's credits as editor include five feature-length and four short films, and seven documentaries. He has directed two short films. In addition to directing and editing, Saqr teaches Film Editing at the Jesuit Cinema School in Cairo.
Hisham Zaman is a Norwegian film director with kurdish decent. Arguably his breakthrough film, Bawke …
…(2005) became a hit on the international festival circuit, and has received more than 40 national and international awards including a nomination for best European short in 2005. In 2007 he directed another noteworthy mid-length film; the comedic drama "Winterland", a warm and humorous diaspora-story about a man settled in godforsaken spot in Northern Norway. In 2013 Zaman made his debut feature "Before Snowfall" - A road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to west. Zaman won Dragon award for Best Nordic film for "Before Snowfall” at Gothenburg film festival. The film won also best cinematography at Tribeca . Just a year after Zaman was ready with his next feature film "Letter to the King"(2014) and once again was awarded the prestige Dragon award for Best Nordic film and received also FIPRESCI award at European cinema festival of Lecce.
Jad Abi-Khalil was born in Lebanon and completed his cinema studies at the Université Saint-Joseph in …
…Jad Abi-Khalil was born in Lebanon and completed his cinema studies at the Université Saint-Joseph in 1998. He has directed numerous short films and feature-length documentaries, and began producing feature documentaries in 2007. Abi-Khalil is a founding member of Beirut DC, the cultural association for Arabic cinema, and chaired its board of directors from 2009 to 2013. He was Head of the DOCmed programme from 2011 to 2013. Currently, Abi-Khalil is Head of the Beirut Cinema Platform.
Beirut DC is a Lebanese cultural association, created in 1999 by a group of filmmakers and arts advocates. The association’s main activities are producing independent documentaries; organising capacity-building workshops with young Arab filmmakers; and staging the biennal Beirut Cinema Days film festival as well as several Arab film weeks in Europe and in the Arab world.
Born in 1954, Jerome Boivin studied law, sociology and political science before directing two short …
…films that won awards from French and international film festivals. He then made documentaries, commercials and television movies, worked as a screenwriter and consultant, and directed the feature films ‘Baxter’ (1989), starring Lise Delamarre, Jean Mercure, François Driancourt and Baxter the dog, and ‘Confessions d’un Barjo’ (1992), featuring Anne Brochet, Richard Bohringer and Hippolyte Girardot. He teaches in Paris at FEMIS and at the École Louis Lumière. He is currently preparing his next feature film, ‘Un Deux Quatre Trois Cinq’, which is slated to shoot in December, 2015.
Jovan Marjanović has been involved in the Sarajevo Film Festival since 1999, first as a technician and pr …
…Head of Industry | Sarajevo Film Festival
Jovan Marjanović has been involved in the Sarajevo Film Festival since 1999, first as a technician and programme coordinator and later as the CineLink manager. He is now on the festival’s Executive Board as Head of Industry. Marjanović has produced a number of award-winning documentaries, shorts and feature films and consults for several international film institutions. He was on the Board of Management of the Bosnian National Film Fund from 2011 and headed it from 2014 to 2016. He has served as the National Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Eurimages since 2006. He holds an MSc from the Cass Business School in London, and teaches Film Business at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.
In 1995, towards the end of the four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo, the Obala Art Centre initiated the Sarajevo Film Festival with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of its city. Today, over two decades later, it is a trailblazing film festival with a special focus on the region of Southeast Europe that shines an international spotlight on the region’s talent, their current films and future projects. High-quality programming, a strong industry segment, and an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers attract the international film industry, film authors and media representatives to the event, along with a public audience of more than 100,000. Together, this makes it a leading film festival in Southeastern Europe.
Kamal Aljafari’s filmography includes ‘Recollection’ (2015), ‘Port of Memory’ (2009) and …
…‘The Roof’ (2006). He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, and in 2009/2010 was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center. In 2010, he taught film at The New School in New York City, and from 2011 to 2013 he was a senior lecturer and head of the directing program for the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB), Berlin. He is the recipient of numerous film prizes and art grants. In 2013, Aljafari received the art medal of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. A retrospect of his work is planned for 2016 at Lussas Film Festival in France and at the Cinémathèque québécoise.
Leonardo Staglianò is a writer and story editor who studied Philosophy at the University of Florence …
…Leonardo Staglianò is a writer and story editor who studied Philosophy at the University of Florence, Techniques of Narration at Scuola Holden and Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He wrote the feature film ‘Yuri Esposito’, which won the Biennale College at the Venice Film Festival, the play ‘Cashmere, WA’, winner of the Diego Fabbri Award, and short stories that have been published in various literary magazines. Currently, he is the Programme Coordinator at the College of Storytelling at the Scuola Holden, where he teaches dramaturgy.
Swedish screenwriter Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten is a member of the Swedish Drama Union …
…and the European Film Academy. She wrote and co-produced ‘Call Girl’, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and was shown in numerous festivals worldwide. Since 2007, she has been connected as a script consultant with TorinoFilmLab, Binger Film Lab and the Venice Biennale College Microbudget lab, on films including ‘The Babadook’, ‘Djeca, Children of Sarajevo’, ‘Hi-So’, ‘Los Hongos’, ‘Les Quottro Volte’, ‘Beyond /Svinalängorna’, ‘H’, ‘The Fits’ and ‘Mediterranea’. Other related programmes are Qumra, Feature Expanded, Bridging the Dragon, TIFF STUDIO Toronto, Boost Rotterdam, the Rutger Hauer Master Classes, Generation Campus Moscow, Script Lab Russia, the Balkan Film Fund Athens, Talent Campus, the Irish Film Board and Filmpool Nord. She also consults privately on films, and has worked with filmmakers from more than 45 countries. She has a background in drama writing for television and literary journalism, and has worked in production, mainly with script continuity. Since 1996, Marietta is the Minister of a micro-nation called Elgaland-Vargaland, or KREV.
As a Pixar Story Supervisor, Mathew Luhn teaches students, graduates and working professionals the …
…story methods he has developed over the last 20 years while creating award-winning stories and characters for ‘Toy Story 2’ (1999), ‘Monsters Inc.’ (2001), ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003), ‘Cars’ (2006), ‘Ratatouille’ (2007), ‘Up’ (2009), ‘Toy Story 3’ (2010) and ‘Monsters University’ (2013), as well as Pixar shorts, specials, and television shows. Attendees of Luhn’s story seminars, workshops and keynote addresses have included writers, artists, directors and creative leaders from Apple, Sony, the Cartoon Network, Paramount Pictures, the BBC, Warner Bros., Dreamworks and many others.
Founder of NISI MASA, the European Network of Young Cinema, Matthieu Darras has written for the French …
…film magazine 'Positif' since 1998. He has been a programmer for the Critics’ Week at the Festival de Cannes, and Artistic Director of the Bratislava Film Festival. He now works as Delegate in Charge of Central and Eastern Europe for the San Sebastian Film Festival, and as Head of Programmes for the TorinoFilmLab.
Michael Ho’s work in sound and picture editing has covered a diverse range of programming, including …
…commercials and corporate films, music videos, documentaries and drama for television, feature films, and short films for the festival circuit. As well as working in the commercial field, Michael has been a filmmaking mentor at the National Film and Television School, as well as for other student film projects.
Ho worked as an assistant editor on Wes Anderson’s stop-frame adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (2009), and the recent BBC 4 drama ‘Spies of Warsaw’.
He has just finished editing ‘Falling’, a short film directed by Gabrielle Russell, and ‘Urban Birds’, a documentary about female bicycle couriers working in London.
Mohamed Hefzy studied Metallurgical Engineering in London and works in his field of study overseesing his …
…Mohamed Hefzy studied Metallurgical Engineering in London and works in his field of study overseesing his family business. Over the last 10 years, he has managed to establish himself as one of the most prominent young scriptwriters and producers in the Arab world. In 2013, he was the only Arab to be selected by ‘Screen International’ as one of the world’s most influential filmmakers. In 2005, he founded Film Clinic, a development and production company, and in 10 years, he has produced or co-produced 19 feature films in Egypt, the United States, the UK and the Arab world.
Film Clinicwas founded in 2006 and is managed by renowned producer and scriptwriter Mohamed Hefzy. The company is now considered one of the leading production houses in the MENA region; it not only creates unique feature films, but also empowers talent to do so. We are passionate about the filmmaking industry, as we enjoy operating in all its diverse fields on both national and international platforms. Our philosophy is to blend the creative, vibrant ideas of the younger generation with the expertise of the best in cinema, in order to present powerful films to audiences who have exquisite taste and admiration for the beloved silver screen
Nadine Salib was born in 1984 in Egypt, where she graduated from film school in 2006. She started her …
…career as an assistant director and worked as a first assistant director and script supervisor on several short and feature-length films, among them Ibrahim El Batout’s ‘Winter of Discontent’ (2012). ‘Dawn’ (also 2012), her first short documentary, won second prize in the Arab women filmmakers’ competition at the Baghdad International Film Festival and first prize at the Goethe Independent Film Festival in Egypt.
Salib has participated in many filmmaking workshops, including the Durban Talent Campus in 2011 and the Documentary Campus in 2012. ‘Mother of the Unborn’, her first feature-length documentary, premiered in IDFA 2014, where it won the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance; it also won the FIPRESCI prize for Best Documentary at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2014. The film has been screened at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Carthage Film Festival, the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the Transylvania International Film Festival, among many others. Salib is currently working on her first feature-length narrative film, ‘Shadi and I’.
A classically trained musician, Patrick Doyle first ventured into the world of film scores with …
…A classically trained musician, Patrick Doyle first ventured into the world of film scores with Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Henry V’ (1989) and has since collaborated with Branagh on 11 further films. He has composed scores for more than 50 films, among them Brian De Palma’s ‘Carlito’s Way’ (1993), Ang Lee’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (1995), Robert Altman’s ‘Gosford Park’ (2001) and Mike Newell’s ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ (2005).
Peter Chappell has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. As director, he …
…made a drama adapted from Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer’s book ‘Oral History’. His films have won numerous international awards, including the Canadian Film and Television Academy’s Award for Best Scientific Documentary and the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe’s Prix Europa for ‘The Origins of AIDS’, and the Silver FIPA for ‘Our Friends at the Bank’, which also won the Outstanding Journalism Award at the Ökomedia Festival in Germany. Chappell has organised workshops in Tunisia, Palestine and Qatar, and is on the advisory board of MAISHA in Uganda.
Peter Peake is a UK-based animation director with over 23 years’ experience in the industry, covering …
…a range of techniques including stop-motion, CGI, Flash and live action. He has worked extensively for the UK’s Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace & Gromit, ‘Chicken Run’ and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’ As a stop-motion key animator, his work on Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning ‘A Close Shave’ included developing the character of Shaun the Sheep. In 1994, he made his first short film for Aardman, ‘Pib and Pog’, which won the McLaren Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA. This was followed in 1998 by ‘Humdrum’, which also won the McLaren Award and was nominated for aBAFTA and an Oscar. In 2002, he directed the half-hour special ‘Robbie the Reindeer II – Legend of the Lost Tribe’ for Comic Relief and BBC Worldwide, which won an International Emmy. He continues to work with Aardman directing television series, short films and commercials for clients including Coca Cola, Hotels.com and Wrigleys. His most recent short film for Aardman, ‘Pythagasaurus’, was completed in 2011.
Born and raised in New York, from 1988 until 2012, Richard Peña was the Director of the New York Film …
…Festival. He has also had a simultaneous career in academia, joining the faculty of Columbia University in 1996, where he has been tenured since 2003. He has taught at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Simona Nobile has worked as a story editor, screenwriter and script consultant for Italian and …
…international production companies and European funding bodies for more than 10 years. A member of the Selection Committee of the Italian MIBACT – Cinema Department, she is responsible for national funding for the development and production of Italian films, including medium- to high-budget features; first- and second features; documentaries; and short films. She is an external expert for the Eurimages Council of Europe and for EACEA in the Creative Europe MEDIA subprogramme, and is responsible for the selection of applications from European production companies requesting funding from the MEDIA Development Fund. Nobile also works as script consultant for several international co-production and funding bodies, and has been instrumental in scouting new European talent and the development of several feature films and TV series.
Stacey Eberschlag graduated with honours from Sheridan College in Classical Animation and has worked for …
…close to 20 years in the animation industry in a variety of positions. He joined Toon Boom Animation in 2010; prior to this he held the position of Director at Amberwood Entertainment for eight years. He has directed numerous programmes, including ‘Zeroman’ and ‘Hoze Houndz’, and worked on many critically acclaimed programmes, including ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’, ‘The Ron White Animated Show’, ‘The Secret World of Benjamin Bear’, and the Emmy Award-winning ‘Tutenstein’. Eberschlag also worked as a senior animator for Mercury Filmworks, and his animation work was featured in ‘Jimmy Two-Shoes’, ‘Mischief City’ and ‘Kick Buttowski’, a Walt Disney series. His solid background in Harmony animation and a broad expertise in digital character building make Eberschlag an esteemed member of the Toon Boom Animation family.
Violeta Bava was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2002, she received a double degree in the Theory …
…Violeta Bava was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2002, she received a double degree in the Theory, Aesthetics and History of Cinema and Drama from Buenos Aires University. Bava is the programmer of the Buenos Aires International Film Festival and the co-founder of BAL, a leading co-production market for Latin American films. She has been program consultant at Bratislava Film Festival and has collaborated with Open Doors Program (Locarno Film Festival). Since 2012, she has been the Latin American delegate for the Venice International Film Festival. She sits on the Torino Film Lab Advisory Board and is a regional consultant for the Doha Film Institute. In the past two editions she has been Producer’s Tutor at Biennale College Cinema. She is also founder and Producer at Ruda Cine, a film production company based in Argentina.
Ruda Cine is a production company based in Buenos Aires focus on author driven films. The company produced and presented this year the feature-length films ‘The Idea of a Lake’ by Milagros Mumenthaler (2016) and ‘The Human Surge’ by Eduardo Williams (2016), winner of the Golden Leopard for the Best Film at Locarno Film Festival. Ruda Cine’s catalogue also includes: ‘Two Shots Fired’ (2014) by Martín Rejtman, winner of the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Argentinean Film of the Year, and Milagros Mumenthaler’s ‘Back to Stay’, winner of the Pardo d’Oro for Best Film, the Pardo d’Argento for Best Actress and the FIPRESCI Award at the Film Festival Locarno in 2011, among many other awards and recognitions.
BAFICI, a 12-day-long film festival that started in 1999, is the biggest film festival in Latin America and takes place every April in Buenos Aires. It celebrates a rich and diverse culture with the works of renowned directors and up-and-coming talents. The event showcases an innovative range of films, including world premieres and new releases of Argentinean cinema, together with international retrospectives of the work of key filmmakers from the independent cinema world and the publication of a couple of books every year. The Buenos Aires Lab, BAL, the leading co-production market for Latin American films, was the first of its kind in the region. The BAFICI programme comprises Talents Buenos Aires, organised together with the Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires), and Talents Berlinale.
Will Collins is a screenwriter whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated, ‘Song of the Sea’ …
…(2014), for which he received an Annie Award nomination for Writing in a Feature Production and an IFTA nomination for Best Film Script. He also wrote ‘My Brothers’, his award-winning live-action feature-length debut, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh in 2010. Collins won the Pitching Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007 and was nominated for Best Film Script at IFTA in 2011. He graduated from the NUIG Huston School of Film and Digital Media with a Master’s degree in Screenwriting.