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Cinephilia Productions presents in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
the New York Premiere of three cutting-edge genre short films from Lebanon. 

Curated by filmmaker and Cinephilia founder Darine Hotait, this cinematic riot of notable voices in contemporary Lebanese cinema gathers a science-fiction mockumentary that offers a fantastical retelling of history, a Rashomon-esque satire where the truth is a matter of perception and, a bird view examination that sneaks into a bustling city from where humans turn the solid cement into life amidst the disruption of an incoming aggression.

Screening is followed by a Q&A panel discussion

APRIL 16 | 6PM-8PM | The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center | 111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York
Free and open to the public. RSVP is required.


Last Days Of The Man Of Tomorrow
by Fadi (The Fdz) Baki  

A young filmmaker investigates the legend of ‘Manivelle’, an automaton gifted to Lebanon in 1945 that still haunts an abandoned mansion in Beirut. After being coaxed back into the limelight, the people who knew him come forward to speak out and the myth that ‘Manivelle’ has constructed around himself starts to unravel. 

Scriptwriter & Director: Fadi (The Fdz) Baki
Cast: Romy Melhem, Jannick Micklitz, Houssam Sabbah, Tony Harouni
Producer: Bernadette Klausberger, Niklas Hlawatsch, Jinane Dagher, Sabine Sidawi
Director of Photography: Tobias Von Dem Borne
Editor: Zeina Abul Hosn
Composer: Nadim Mechlawi

2017 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
TRT: 29 minutes / Lebanon, Germany / mockumentary

Director will be joining for a Q&A over Skype.

Festival Selections
Fantastic Film Fest Austin, USA
Hof International Film Festival Hof, Germany
Dubai International Film Festival Dubai, UAE
International Short Film Week Regensburg Regensburg, Germany


About the director:

Fadi Baki is a co-founder of Samandal, one of the Middle East’s premier comic magazines, and a co-founder of Beirut Animated, the Lebanese animation film festival run by Metropolis. He currently divides his time between motion graphics, comics and filmmaking.


The football World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the big awaited event. While life moves on normally in such a day, the signal of the first match seems to be disrupted by strange audio waves. The frustration in the air builds up giving way to a bigger live event.

Scriptwriter & Director: Feyrouz Serhal
Lead actress: Petra Serhal
Producers: Stefan Gieren, Felipe Lage Coro, Feyrouz Serhal, Lara Abou Saifan
Director of Photography: Bassem Fayad
Sound: Victor Bresse
Editing: Maria Malek
Art director: Roland Ascheid
Production companies: Fiction 2.0, Roummana, Zeitun Films, Placeless Films

2017 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
TRT: 26 minutes / Lebanon, Germany, Spain and Qatar

Festival Selections
Locarno International Film Festival 2017, Switzerland - World Premiere
Busan International Film Festival 2017, South Korea
Curtocircuíto - International Film Festival 2017, Spain
Torino Film Festival 2017, Italy
Transcinema Festival Internacional de Cine 2017, Perú
Dubai International Film Festival 2017, UA
Festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2018, France
Short Waves Festival 2018, Poland (Special Jury Mention)
Tampere Film Festival 2018, Finland
Beirut International Women Film Festival 2018, Lebanon (Best Lebanese Short Film)
The 23rd ifva Awards 2018, Hong Kong (Gold Award)
Qumra Screenings by Doha Film Institute 2018, Qatar


About the director:

Feyrouz Serhal acquired her Master's degree in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths College University of London, after having worked extensively as director and producer at some of the most prominent Arab TV channels in the Middle East. She has also written and directed several independent short video works. Her first short fiction film 'TSHWEESH' was premiered in Locarno in 2017. Serhal is now in development of 'I AM HERE BUT YOU CAN'T SEE ME', her first feature film as director.


At a bus stop near Beirut, a veiled Muslim woman and a migrant Syrian worker
get in a scuffle and are arrested. They must argue their innocence in the face of the only witnesses: a bus full of women on their way to the mosque, each with her own version of the truth.

Written and Directed by Meedo Taha
Cast: Yumna Marwan, Moe Lattouf, Tony Mehanna, Ghina Abboud Carla Daher, Bendy Abou Zeid, Romy Melhem, Mira Sidawi, Abdo Chahine Wesam Nassar, Meedo Taha, Pol Seif, Belal Al Kara.
Producer: Wesam Nassar
Director of Photography: Pôl Seif
Production Design: Maia El-Khoury
Editor: Wesam Nassar
Sound Design: Elia Haddad, David Raines

Produced by Eshmawi and DrawFILM, 2017

2017 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Satire
TRT: 21 minutes  / Lebanon, United States

Director in attendance.

Festival Selections and Awards
Edmonton IFF, Heartland FF, Cambridge FF, Denver FF, Foyle FF, Crossroads FF, Tallahassee FF, Sacramento FF, Athens IFF, SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, RiverRun IFF, ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival.
Awards: UCLA MFA Directors Spotlight (two prizes including Blue Ribbon Panel award for best film), Directors Guild of America Student Film Jury Award for Women and Minority Directors.


About the director:

Meedo Taha is a filmmaker born into a Lebanese family of video bootleggers at a time when his country was at war with itself. His work explores questions of identity, with characters outside predefined social groups. An all-consuming desire to tell stories led him from a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo to a life of filmmaking. He earned an MFA in Film and Television from UCLA, and his screenplays have received a Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Award, have been shortlisted twice for the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, selected by Francis Ford Coppola as a finalist in Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition, and selected by the Sundance Institute for the Screenwriters Intensive. He’s currently developing A Road to Damascus, a feature film based on his mystery novel published by Interlink and released in the United States in April 2018 




Screening is followed by Q&A with the directors

Directed by Nadine Khan
in the presence of director

Arabic with English subtitles // 79 minutes // 2012 // Egypt

Written by Mohamed Nasser & Nadine Khan
Cast : Iyten Amer, Mohamed Farrag, Ramsi Lehner, Sabry Abd el Monem, Osama Abu el Atta & Hany El metenawy

This is the story of lost love in a controversial setting. Manal (Ayten Amer), Zaki (Mohamed Farag) and Mounir (Ramzy Lehner) are in their twenties, living in a confined community where basic needs are met yet chaos and disorder brew. The two boys are in love with the same girl who finds herself being the bet for a football match between them; the winner marries Manal. This story reflects a football and play-station youth and how they deal with their emotions in a community that is increasingly closed off and isolated.

Winner Jury Prize Dubai international film festival 2012
Winner Best film Oran Film Festival 2013
Winner Best film Muscat Film Festival 2014

About filmmaker:
Nadine Khan graduated from Cairoʼs Higher Film Institute in 2001. 
She worked for over ten years as a second unit and assistant director on television commercials and feature films of national and international production (DreamWorks, Arte, Pathe), including “Bab El Shams”(2004, dir. Yousry Nasrallah), “Whatever Lola Wants”(2007, dir. Nabil Ayouch), and “Transformers : Revenge of the fallen” (2009, dir. Michael Bay).
“One in a Million”, one of four shorts directed by Khan, was an official selection in the 2006 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and was purchased by the German TV station ZDF Kultur. 
“Chaos, Disorder” (Harag wʼ Marag), her 2012 debut feature, was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival, and Best Film at the 2013 Oran Film Festival, Algeria and the 2014 Muscat International Film Festival, Oman. 
"In The Land of Wonder" is Khan's second feature film.

Directed by Fadi Hindash
in the presence of director

16 minutes // Documentary // 2015 // Netherlands

Once a week the Ghanaian community mother from southeast Amsterdam meets with her group of students in a gym. Other migrant women in Amsterdam who signed up for bicycle lessons. It's part of an integration program for migrants. Cycling is second-nature to the Dutch. As Mama Agatha teaches the women how to cycle using her motherly instincts, she comes to terms with her own motherless childhood which pushed her to become a mother for all. 

Winner Audience Award at Leiden International Film Festival
Official Selection Rhode Island International Film Festival, Watsonville International Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival

About filmmaker:
Fadi Hindash is an Amsterdam based filmmaker of Palestinian/Lebanese origin. He is focused on character-driven stories, both fiction and documentary. His first feature documentary, "Not Quite the Taliban", premiered at Movies That Matter and won several awards on the festival circuit and has been broadcast in over 15 countries. His last short fiction, "12th of Never", won the Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Fadi is also a graduate of the New York Film Academy and a Berlin Talent Campus alumnus.

New York Premiere Screening


July 5, 2016 // 7:00 - 9:30PM
Location: Made in New York Media Center by IFP
30 John Street, Dumbo - Brooklyn

Screenings followed by Q&A with director Ayten Amin  

Program made possible with
the support of Culture Resource 

Cinephilia would like to thank Film Clinic.

Arabic with English subtitles // 110 minutes // 2013
produced by Mohamed Hefzy, Film Clinic

Hussein, played by Khaled Abol Naga, is a terminally ill, yet charming architect who enjoys a solitary routine in his old family home, and a variety of female visitors. Not realizing his past is about to catch up with him, Hussein's sister and her grandson move into the house, disrupting a well established lifestyle, and forcing him to re-examine his ideas about life, love, and family.

Winner Special Jury Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013,
Winner Special Mention Award for director Ayten Amin at Malmo Arab Film Festival 2014, Winner Best Feature Film and Best Actor award at the National Egyptian Film Festival 2014
Winner Best actor (khaled Abol Naga) at Khouribga Film Festival Morocco 2014


Ayten Amin was born in 1978, Alexandria, Egypt. She graduated from French school “La Mere De Dieu” 1995, and from Faculty of Commerce 1999. She studied Film Criticism in Cinema Writers and Critics Association 200 and cinema independently in Art Lab – The American University in Cairo (2004-2006).
She directed her first short fiction “Her Man” in December 2006, based on a short story by well-known Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif. The film was screened at a number of international festivals such as “Clermont Ferrand – France”, “BeFilm – New York”, “Arcipelago – Rome”… and got several national prizes. It was exclusively screened for a year on Canal Plus, France. 
Her feature documentary film "Tahrir 2011" was officially selected out of competition at Venice International Film Festival September 2011 and won the CICT-IFTC award. The film was also selected at TIFF Toronto International Film Festival September 2011 and was nominated for Best Documentary in Cinema For Peace Award in Berlin 2012.
Her feature film “Villa 69” “Villa 69” was selected at Pavillion Des Cinemas Du Monde, Cannes Film Festival 2011. The film received multiple awards such as Winner Special Jury Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013, Winner Special Mention Award for director Ayten Amin at Malmo Arab Film Festival 2014, Winner Best Feature Film and Best Actor award at the National Egyptian Film Festival 2014.
She is currently developing her second feature film 'Soad' under co-production at Cinephilia Productions USA and Film Clinic Egypt. 

Cinephilia Productions in collaboration with Lebanese Film Festival 2016 (12th edition) 



MAY 23-24-25, 2016

Registrations now closed.

This masterclass will approach screenwriting from the ground up. Basic three act structure will be lectured on and reviewed, covering such topics as act breaks, character development and format. Traditional tools for screenwriting such as the synopsis, treatment, character sketches and scene-by-scene breakdowns of each act will be implemented and discussed.

Participants will be taken through each step of the screenwriting process from concept to the development of the finished product providing a system to approach a script from both the inside (character) and the outside (structure).

Extensive question and answer sessions will give the participants a further opportunity to answer any lingering issues they might have, as well as to help in developing a personal foundation for a continued understanding of the medium.

About mentor: Brad Saunders

Brad Saunders is a screenwriter, film director, playwright and published novelist. His film, The Lounge People, played in theaters internationally and on Comedy Central, and the Starz Network. He currently has screenplays optioned and in development on 2 continents. His play, Detective Nicky Carruthers is Dead, garnered a national playwriting award from the University of Arkansas and was produced at the Powerhouse Theater, in Los Angeles. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Annual Ball, was a semi-finalist at the Inner City Cultural Center’s theater competition in Los Angeles, and was produced at the Missing Children Theater, in New York. He was a screenwriting instructor, at both the graduate and undergraduate programs, at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for twenty-three years and is now a screenwriting teacher and mentor to students throughout America at the Film Connection/Film Institute in Los Angeles, California. 

Throughout Quoz Arts Festival, Cinephilia Productions in collaboration with Cinema Akil will be screening an all-day marathon of all past 3 editions of Cinephilia Filmmakers to Watch series
Friday January 22 & Saturday January 23, 2016 // 10am-7pm

followed by Q&A session at 6:30pm on both days with film directors Malak Quota (With Time) and Yasmina Hatem (Ash)
moderated by filmmaker Darine Hotait.



NOVEMBER 2-3, 2015

made possible with the support of Roberto Cimetta Fund

The directing workshop will be held during two intensive sessions.

Session 1: 
Rebecca Cremona will share the development breakdown and creative process behind her debut feature film Simshar (see below) including a close look at Simshar's documents like mood boards and photographic principles. 
During the session, participants will work on scene analysis that focus on subtext and exposition. The last 30 minutes of the session will be dedicated to an open Q&A. 

Session 2:
This session will focus on directing actors and acting exercises. How to give instructions to actors and to bring a genuine and deep context to a scene. There will be a demonstration with actors present during session. How to shoot and why, as well as maintain a performance once camera is in the mix.

Mentor: Rebecca Cremona (Malta)

In 2006, Rebecca graduated with a first class BFA in 'Film and Comparative Literature' from the University of Warwick (UK). Her first short 'My Story/L-Istorja Tieghi' got her into the legendary American Film Institute Conservatory (US) where she directed 3 short films, and production designed 3 others.
With a generous scholarship from Art Center College of Design (US), Rebecca transferred there to complete her Masters in Directing. At ACCD she wrote and directed 'Magdalene' which won a Director’s Guild of America student Jury Prize, an Honorable mention at the student Emmy's, and was picked up for distribution by Shorts International at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Multiple Academy Award winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski stated that "Magdalene is unparalleled in beauty and sensibility".
Rebecca worked closely with the camera departments on Spielberg's 'Munich' and Amenabar's 'Agora'; the art departments of ITV/Granada and Saga film; and in the development team at 'Kennedy/Marshall'.
‘Simshar’ is her first feature length film and the first entry ever from Malta for Academy Award consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Rebecca is represented by Beverly Hills talent agency ‘Management 360.


Sunday November 1st, 2015
6PM @ Metropolis Empire Sofil
screening followed by Q&A with director

101 minutes - Malta
Maltese & english with english subtitles

Based on astonishing true events, 'Simshar' tells two parallel stories of survival at sea which unravel on and around the Maltese islands.

made possible with the support of Roberto Cimetta Fund


in collaboration with Metropolis Association