Video by Pushpin Films



'Night Darlings' (UAE/Jordan)
written & directed by Fadi Hindash

During a holiday in Amsterdam, a young Arab woman hears devastating news that threatens her deportation from Dubai and the undoing of her family.

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.


'In The Land of Wonder' (Egypt)
written & directed by Nadine Khan

A little girl slips into a fantastical city even more absurd and chaotic than her native Cairo. Making friends and foes of its mad inhabitants, will she manage to find her way home?

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.


. Cagil Bocutoglu, Geraium (Turkey)
. Fadi Hindash, Night Darlings (Jordan/UAE)
. Faiza Ambah, Ray of Light (Saudi Arabia)
. Mehdi Hmili, Solo (Tunisia) 
. Mehrnoush Aliaghaei, Nilou (Iran)
. Mohammad Siam, All Abou Amal (Egypt) 
. Nadine Khan, In The Land of Wonder (Egypt) 
. Zalfa Seurat, Lucie In The Sky (Lebanon) 

2016 CIR Semi-Finalists: 
Hana Mire (Rajada Dalka, Somali/UAE), Khedija Lemkecher (Ameni, Tunisia), Reem Morsi (Bootleg, Egypt/Canada), Ziya Cemre Kutluay (Daha, Turkey)

2016 CIR 2016

We received 60 applications from 14 countries: 
Egypt (18), Lebanon (7), UAE (6), Qatar (6), Turkey (4), Saudi Arabia (4), Palestine (3), Tunisia (3), Morocco (2), Jordan (2), Algeria (2), Iran (1)
Libya (1), Sudan (1). 

Documentary: 10 projects
Fiction: 50 projects (
Third feature, 3 projects // Second feature, 15 projects // Debut feature, 42 projects)


Karin Chien is a producer, educator and distributor committed to championing independent voices. Karin is the recipient of the Independent Spirit Producer’s Award, and the producer of ten independent feature films, including STONES IN THE SUN (2012), JACK AND DIANE (2012), CIRCUMSTANCE (2011), THE EXPLODING GIRL (2009), THE MOTEL (2005) and ROBOT STORIES (2002).

Her films have won over 100 festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Films Festivals, been nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards and received distribution in over 30 countries. Karin is the co-creator of Cinema on the Edge, a new global film series celebrating uncensored cinema from mainland China.

Karin is the founder/president of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent cinema from mainland China. Karin is also the creator of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Fellowship, a mentoring program for mid-career Asian American media makers. Karin is based in Los Angeles and teaches at Temple University’s Los Angeles film & media program.

 Jessica Devaney is a creative producer and communications strategist. She recently produced Speed Sisters (2015), which follows an intrepid team of Palestinian women racecar drivers. Jessica co-produced the Peabody Award winning short My Neighbourhood (2012) and produced its companion web series Home Front (2011). She associate produced Budrus (2009), which won over a dozen international awards, including the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize. She was a key driver of the film’s engagement strategy, which was recognized with the PUMA Impact Award (2012).
Jessica was previously the Director of Communications at Just Vision, where she produced films and led communications strategy in support of Palestinian and Israeli community organizers and human rights defenders.
She is currently producing the feature documentary and interactive game, Roll Red Roll, a true crime thriller examining sexual assault in small town America; and Out Again, a comedic short about a queer woman whose mother has Alzheimer’s. 
Jessica’s films have received support from the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, Harnisch Foundation, Fork Films, Chicken & Egg Films, Doha Film Institute, IDA, Bertha Foundation, BRITDOC, Refinery29 and more.
Her work is featured regularly in major media outlets like The New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, The Washington PostThe EconomistSports Illustrated, and Al Jazeera. Jessica holds an M.A. in religion and society from Wake Forest University and studied at Georgetown’s Graduate School of Foreign Service in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies where she researched gender and nationalism in the Middle East. 
She is a 2016 Women at Sundance Fellow, a member of the Impact Partners Producers Salon, and co-founder of the Queer Producers Collective.

MALIKA ZOUHALI-WORRALL is an award-winning director, producer and editor of British/Moroccan origin. She is one of the directors and the producer of CALL ME KUCHU (2012), a documentary that depicts the last year in the life of the first openly gay man in Uganda, David Kato. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary and the Cinema Fairbindet Prize. It has since won 18 more awards, and was theatrically released in North America and Europe to critical acclaim, with a 98% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Malika’s current film, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, directed and produced in partnership with David Osit, tells the story of Ryan Green, an indie video game developer who’s building a video game about his terminally ill young son. The film is an ITVS/POV co-production and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Malika is a Chaz & Roger Ebert Directing Fellow and an alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab, the Tribeca All Access program, the Firelight Producers Lab, and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
In 2012, Filmmaker Magazine named Malika one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Malika is a graduate of Cambridge University, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), where she studied with a full scholarship from the Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, journalist Andy Greenberg.

INGRID JUNGERMANN was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent FilmOut Magazine's 100 People of the Year and Go Magazine's 100 Women We Love. She earned her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School, where she received the Spike Lee Production Grant and the King Screenwriting Award.

Along with several short films, Ingrid co-created the web series THE SLOPE, and created the WGA-Nominated web series F TO 7TH, featuring Amy Sedaris, Michael Showalter, Gaby Hoffmann, Olympia Dukakis and Janeane Garofalo. Her work has screened at various film festivals around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest and Frameline.

Ingrid's debut feature film, WOMEN WHO KILL (Tribeca All-Access Program, IFP Emerging Narratives Lab), premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in US Competition, where she won the Best Screenplay award.
She is currently in development at Showtime for F TO 7TH and is working on her next feature film.


Pushpin Films is a Brooklyn-based full service production company founded by Lea Khayata, a French Lebanese journalist and filmmaker. We focus on editorial videos and documentary style commercial projects. Our work has been published on the BBC, the New Yorker, MSNBC, and Allure Magazine. Clients include the Gagosian Gallery, Yale Medicine, and Columbia University.

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