FEATURE FILMS


SYMPHONY OF A FLOOD
by Darine Hotait


110 minutes
SCIENCE FICTION


. Selected at the Screenwriters Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Maison Des Scenaristes)

. Finalist at the Hearst Screenwriting Competition at San Francisco Film Society

written & directed by Darine Hotait
current status: in development/financing

Synopsis
In a near future Beirut city, the materialists and the humanists find themselves battling the same war of survival only to find themselves confronting a larger hoax.

About the director
Darine Hotait is a New York based published writer and award-winning film director. Her films have screened at over a hundred international film festival and received a dozen Best Film Awards. Her work can be seen on SundanceTV, AMC Networks, BBC Channel, ShortsTV, IndieFlix and more. She was nominated for the prestigious Goethe Award and an EMMY Blu-Ribbon. She is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Artist Grant, the New York Foundation For The Arts literary Fellowship, the AFAC Cinema Grant and the Roberto Cimetta Grant. She was selected in programs like Sundance Rawi Screenwriters' Lab and the International Scriptwriters' Maison Des Scenaristes at Cannes Film Festival. She is the founder & CEO of Cinephilia Productions in New York City - named top 5 creative incubator focusing on the Middle East and Africa.  
Aside from film, Darine is a published playwright and short story writer. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in various publications in print and online. 


SHORT FILMS

SPINDRIFT
by Farah F. Naboulsi & Dalia Yassine


15 minutes
FANTASY/MAGICAL REALISM


. Project developed at Cinephilia Productions incubator program
Recipient of Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts 2016 'Best Screenplay Award' 

 

co-written & co-directed by Farah F. Naboulsi & Dalia Yassine
current status: in development
shooting location: Beirut, Lebanon

Synopsis
An encounter by the sea at the break of dawn shifts the lives of a fisherman and his son. 

About the directors
Farah F. Naboulsi is a Lebanese filmmaker based in Beirut. For seven years now, she has
fluttered between film sets, theatre festivals and visual-based installations. Farah has worked in almost every aspect of filmmaking, she started her career in producing and assistant directing for fiction then she joined the camera team for documentary films.
Farah has a big interest in the underwater world, handmade designs, live music, percussive
instruments and visuals in motion. Her aim is to merge her interests in a world of her own through film and art-driven expressionism.

Dalia Yassine s a Lebanese-Brazilian filmmaker and visual artist. After having lived in London as a child, Dalia moved to Beirut to complete her French Baccalaureate. Since high school, she has delved into the world of film and performance and decided to receive a B.A in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. After that, she went on to pursue a Postgraduate Degree in Filmmaking at The London Film Academy and an M.A in Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins College in London. Dalia’s principal language is in a visual and multimedia register, in which her work spans across film, moving image, performance, installation and writing. She works vastly within an interdisciplinary scope and aims to craft and devise cinematic, immersive and artistic experiences within diverse contexts. She has worked on numerous projects for screen and stage mainly as a director, writer and art director. In 2016, she got awarded a visual art's grant from AFAC (The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture), which lead her to develop and showcase a Multimedia Installation Journey entitled 'Dissect The Insects'. Currently, she focuses on being a filmmaker and creative practitioner for multidisciplinary projects that cross the realms of visual and performance art between Lebanon and London.


ORB
by Darine Hotait


15 minutes
SCIENCE FICTION


. Recipient Arab Fund for Art and Culture Cinema Grant 2016

written & directed by Darine Hotait
co-producers: Orjouane Productions
current status: pre-production
shooting location: Lebanon - New York

Synopsis
In a near future Beirut, Sahar and Khaled have just lost their 8-year-old son. In a world guided by an ambiguous technology, their state of grief is given a sudden new form. 

About the director
Darine Hotait is a New York based published writer and award-winning film director. Her films have screened at over a hundred international film festival and received a dozen Best Film Awards. Her work can be seen on SundanceTV, AMC Networks, BBC Channel, ShortsTV, IndieFlix and more. She was nominated for the prestigious Goethe Award and an EMMY Blu-Ribbon. She is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Artist Grant, the New York Foundation For The Arts literary Fellowship, the AFAC Cinema Grant and the Roberto Cimetta Grant. She was selected in programs like Sundance Rawi Screenwriters' Lab and the International Scriptwriters' Maison Des Scenaristes at Cannes Film Festival. She is the founder & CEO of Cinephilia Productions in New York City - named top 5 creative incubator focusing on the Middle East and Africa.  
Aside from film, Darine is a published playwright and short story writer. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in various publications in print and online.