Afef Ben Mahmoud
Youth Acting Workshop
Tunisian director and actress Afef Ben Mahmoud began an artistic career at the age of 12...
...Tunisian director and actress Afef Ben Mahmoud began an artistic career at the age of 12, when she joined theatre clubs; the same year, she won her first Best Comedian Award.
At 14 she joined the Sihem Belkhodja Contemporary Dance Company, where she was trained by well-known choreographers, including Stephanie Nataf and Selma and Sofiane Ouissi. She toured Tunisia and Europe with numerous shows, then, at 17, under Belkhodja’s supervision, Ben Mahmoud ran the Tunisian National Ballet for Kids, where she gave dance courses, and created and directed performances.
For several years, she danced in musical shows by Tunisian theatre director Fadhel Jaziri, co-founder of the renowned Nouveau Théâtre de Tunis. At 20, she co-directed for Jaziri the dance ensemble in his major show ‘El Hadra’, and was selected to be part of ‘The Actor Studio’, run by renowned theatre director Fadhel Jaibi. She had her first international role in ‘Les Bacchantes’, with which she toured for three years with the French company La tour de Babel. In Tunisia, she had lead roles in Zahira Ben Ammar’s 'Trectic’ and ‘Al Moutachaâbitoune’ by Mohamed Idriss, then also the director of The Tunisian National Theatre.
Ben Mahmoud then dedicated herself to her acting and filmmaking career. Her television series credits include ‘Ya Zahratan Fi Khayali’, ‘Sayd El Rim’, ‘Maktoub…’ and numerous video clips, including ‘Madinat Al Hob’ with Kadhim Al-Sahir. She had her first big-screen role in Jilani Saâdi’s ‘Khorma’, participated in several Italian productions, and played the lead in Ibrahim Letaief’s ‘Flous Academy’ and Nouri Bouzid’s ‘Making Off’, which won awards at several international film festivals. She has directed three short narrative films and a documentary, and is currently developing her first feature-length film, ‘Backstage’.
Ben Mahmoud holds a B.Sc in Economics and Management, a BFA in Film Directing and Screenwriting and an MA in Art and Design.
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Youth Animation Workshop
Born in Beirut, Fadi Syriani is an animation and comic artist, and a holder of a Master’s degree in...
...Born in Beirut, Fadi Syriani is an animation and comic artist, and a holder of a Master’s degree in Architecture. His work has been screened in several film festivals in Lebanon, Europe and Canada. He is currently working on a short animated film and has been recently awarded an AFAC grant for cinema, and was nominated for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize for International Cooperation in 2015.
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Youth Animation Workshop: Cut-Out Animation
Mohammed Al-Suwaidi is a Qatari artist, animator, character developer and graphic designer who is known on social media as @WisdomSeven...
...Mohammed Al-Suwaidi is a Qatari artist, animator, character developer and graphic designer who is known on social media as @WisdomSeven. He has worked on several projects, such as Wathiq, an online platform for storytelling and heritage preservation produced with Qatar Museums; the short animated film ‘Rain’ with the Doha Film Institute; and the television series ‘Mandoos’, for which he served as the character developer. Currently, Al-Suwaidi is working on a short animated film.
Youth 2D Animation Workshop
Nathan Otano graduated in 2017 from the Character Animation and Animated Film Making course at Gobelins...
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