Cinephilia is an incubator and a film production company founded in New York City in 2010 by film director Darine Hotait. Cinephilia is dedicated to the development of filmmakers from the Middle East and Africa through various initiatives that occupy the space between ideation and production. 

Cinephilia is a platform designed to embody cinema as a genuine art form by creating a progressive space of inventive possibilities and novel ventures. Cinephilia's approach to storytelling bridges literature and cinema by focusing on genres such as: auteur, biopic, cerebral, science fiction, avant-garde poetry and literary adaptation.

Cinephilia’s approach to storytelling bridges literature and cinema by focusing on genres such as: auteur, biopic, cerebral, science fiction, avant-garde poetry, literary adaptation.


Cinephilia Productions one of 5 influential creative start ups focusing on the Middle East and Africa.
— INC
With Cinephilia Productions, however, we learn that when there is a will, there is a structured path toward turning a filmmaker’s dream into a reality.
— Bazaar