BUZKASHI BOYS by Sam French, Afghanistan
SIHAM by Cyrll Aris, Lebanon
MOD by Deniz Tarsus, Turkey
PARANOIA by Sandeepan Chanda, India
WITH TIME by Malak Quota, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, UAE | thejamjar - July 9th, 830pm
Abu Dhabi, UAE | The Space - August 31st, 830pm
Alexandria, Egypt | Teatro Eskandria - September 9th, 830pm
Cairo, Egypt | Room - September 18th, 830pm
FILMMAKERS TO WATCH
Afghan Film Project in Association with Dirty Robber
Directed by Sam French
Produced by Ariel Nasr
Written by Sam French & Martin Roe
Cast: Fawad Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz, Wali Talash
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Buzkashi - a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat - and filmed entirely on location in Afghanistan, “Buzkashi Boys” is a ground-breaking narrative film about two best friends who struggle to reconcile dreams with duty and strive to forge their own future in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth.
Awards & Festivals
Oscar Nomination in the Live Action Short Film Category
Rhode Island International Film Festival (WINNER: Best Cinematography)
Raindance Film Festival (WINNER: Best Short Film)
LA Shorts Fest (WINNER: Best Drama)
Heartland Film Festival (WINNER: Crystal Heart Award)
Evolution International Film Festival (WINNER, Best Short)
Savannah Film Festival (WINNER, Best Short)
UK Film Festival (WINNER, Best Cinematography)
Nickel Film Festival (WINNER, Best Drama; WINNER, Audience Choice)
After graduating from Williams College in 1998, Sam French embarked to New York City, where he cut his teeth in the film industry before moving to Los Angeles to attend USC film school. There he directed the film “Over the Line,” which won multiple awards, including Best Director and Best Actor at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, and was rated as one of the best films of the year at USC’s 2006 First Look Festival. Sam moved to Afghanistan in 2008 where he founded Development Pictures, a production company dedicated to revealing another side of this often misunderstood country. In 2011, Sam directed “Buzkashi Boys,” one of the first narrative fiction films to be shot entirely on location in Kabul with a mixed Western and Afghan crew. This film was the first project of the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit NGO that Sam co-founded in 2010 to help train Afghan filmmakers and foster Afghanistan’s film industry. Sam’s work has appeared on broadcast outlets including Channel 4 in the UK, the BBC, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, HBO, Current TV, and others. For more information on Development Pictures, please visit: www.developmentpictures.com
Written & Directed by Deniz Tarsus
Produced by: Ali İhsan Tarsus & Neval Tarsus
Cast: Ali Düşenkalkar, Övez Muradov, Gökşin Kes, Özlem Kocahaliloğulları, Hakan Küçükyılmaz.
Equilibria is upside down, humanity is exhausted, that’s all mentioned. Time correspond to now or seventy three years later. Humanity is ready to sacrifice everything for a dream machine to which they are hooked on even though this machine leads to death. It's a dream machine which shows them their future in happiness.
Awards & festivals
International Ankara Film Festival – (The Best Fiction Award), Sinepark Film Festival – (Best Director Award) (Best Cinematographer Award Shorts Tv Special Award), Ataşehir Municipality National Film Festival – (The Second Film Award), Kristal Klaket Short Film Festival – (Jury’s Special Award), TURSAK “Filmmakers of Tomorrow" - (Scenario Competition Award), International Boğaziçi Film Festival – (Yekon Special Award), Kısa-ca Film Festival – (Aykut Oray Special Awards), Yıldız Short Film Festival – (Jury’s Special Award),International Cluj Short Film Festival - Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival – Screening // Turkish Short Films, The South East European Film Festival – Screening, 4th International Jargan Film Festival – standing for election, International Golden Boll Film Festival – National Short Films Category, Atıf Yılmaz Short Film Festival – standing for election, International Malatya Film Festival – Standing for election, Akbank Short Film Festival – Standing for election
About Deniz Tarsus
Deniz Tarsus was born in 1987, in Bodrum. She graduated from Bodrum Anatolian High School. In 2005, she decided to major in cinema and got into Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, department of Cinema-TV. She finished her education there. In addition to her articles that were published in journal sand websites, she has made several short films that were shown in many film festivals, notably International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. Her first book, Ozo Ozo Çakta and second book “Ayrıkotu” has been published recently. She lives in Istanbul.
Directed by Cyril Aris
Written by Cyril Aris & Kai Gero Lenke
Produced by Mounia Akl, Kai Gero Lenke
Cast: Nasri Sayegh, Mounia Akl, Elie Chelala
A couple, in their early thirties, childishly and innocently in love, receive devastating news about the condition of their future child. The wife resorts to her religion, finding the strength to accept whatever God sends her, while the husband pushes her to get an (illegal) abortion.
Awards & festivals
Best Student Short Film 20th Palm Spring International ShortFest, USA (2014)
Honorable Mention at Lebanese Film Festival, Lebanon (2014)
About Cyril Aris
Cyril Aris is a Lebanese Director/Screenwriter, currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in Directing at Columbia University in the City of New York. Previous credits include LBC’s TV/Web-series Beirut, I Love You, and Yahoo’s web-series 'Fasateen', as well as various short films, music videos and corporate films.
Directed by Sandeepan Chanda
Written by Sunil Yadav, Nitesh Mishra
Animation by Sandeepan Chanda, Amrita Mukhopadhyay, Nitesh Mishra
A guy is traveling in a late night Mumbai local train. The bogie is empty except for a few sleepy passengers. A man with a briefcase boards the train at a station and decides to sit directly in front of him...
Awards & festivals
Awards of Excellence ASIFA India IAD'10, 24fps Awards by MAAC India 2010, Pune International Film Festival 2011, Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2011, CGTantra Community Awards 2011, Jaipur International Animation Film Festival 2011, TASI Viewer's Choice Awards at ANIFEST India 2010, TBS Digicon6 Awards (Japan), Animayo 2011 (Spain), Bitfilm Festival 2011 (Hamburg, Bangalore), Athens International Animation Festival 2012 (Greece), MONSTRA - Lisbon Animated Film Festival 2012, KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2013, STUK Art Centre Leuven Belgium, Vimeo Staff Pick
About Sandeepan Chanda
Sandeepan Chanda is an animation filmmaker based in Mumbai, India. Being brought up in a filmmaking environment he was involved in live-action projects at an young age and soon got allured by the world of animation filmmaking. He studied animation from Mumbai and his first animated short 'Paranoia' was well received enough to win him various awards and the short being screened at many festivals around the world. He has worked on a variety of animation projects as a concept and visual development artist. Sandeepan is now pursuing further animation knowledge at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts.
twofour54 in co-production with Muddville
Written & Directed by Malak Quota
Produced by Richard Lackey, Laura Quirk & Mohamad Abdul Hak
Cast: Hager Said, Horiyah Ahmad, Feria Arbl, Amira Obeid, Sara Rida
Inspired by true events, two young sister, are abandoned by their parents and locked up in a room by their half brother. They live out their days struggling with their reality, repeating memories and indulging in fantasies.
Awards & festivals
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 – 2nd prize Emirati short film competition
Film Fest DC 2014
About Malak Quota
Malak Quota is a Saudi animator and filmmaker. She has a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media from Otis College of Art and Design, and an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she produced successful films. She has worked in an array of industries from gaming to television, education, and on many productions in the USA, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Her films have won and been nominated for several awards, and also screened at festivals all over the world. She continues to experiment with many mediums infusing art through animation and film, creating pieces of moving art that evokes the audience both visually and emotionally.
What is Cinephilia Filmmakers to Watch Series?
Launched in 2013, Cinephilia Filmmakers to Watch series is an annual program that highlights the work of unique and remarkable voices from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Cinephilia curates 5 narrative short films and sets them to screen around the world at art house independent cinemas, art galleries, film festivals and cultural spaces.
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Middle East & territories: Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Cyprus.
Southeast Europe: Malta & Greece
South/Southeast Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.