With a mission to champion the development of storytellers and filmmakers from Middle Eastern and African background, Cinephilia is a film production company and a creative incubator that occupies the space between ideation and production with the concept of taking risks to improve chances and pledging a soapbox that endorses daring and critical cinematic ventures.

Founded in New York City in 2010 by film director Darine Hotait, Cinephilia is a platform designed to embody storytelling as a genuine art form by creating a progressive space of inventive possibilities and novel ventures through various initiatives that provide training, mentoring and networking opportunities.

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 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