26th Edition, 2021
Director, writer and producer
The Ivory Coast & France
Director, producer et Franco-Ivorian writer,he first taught mathematics and martial arts (tae-kwondo), before joining ESRA of Paris (Superior School of Audiovisual Production) in 1995. In 1997, he wrote, directed and produced his first short, Bouzié (To my mother), which won the Best Short Film Award at Fespaco. In 1999, he directed his second short, Bol d’amore. He produces several documentary, institutional and fictional films under the banner of Parenthèse Films. Now at the head of Bouzié Films, in 2013 he co-produced and directed L’Amour en bonus, an Ivorian romantic comedy.
2013 – L’AMOUR EN BONUS
2015 – WITHOUT REGRET
Writer, screenwriter, and film critic
After a long career in communication and advertising teaching, Mohamed Laroussi has devoted himself to his lifelong passions: writing and cinema. Since then, he has been a writer, screenwriter, film critic and columnist for several newspapers, magazines and electronic websites. He has already published 4 books: “Satire on everything that moves”, “Let no one laugh”, “The fury of laughter” and “Marx is dead, my love” (Novel). He is the co-founder of Scriptlab dedicated to commission writing, writing direction, script-doctoring. and training. He co-wrote the screenplay for “The Birthday”, a feature film for Latif Lahlou. He collaborates with several filmmakers for the writing or as a script-doctor of their scripts. He founded in 2018 with some friends “AnouArts”, an association for the promotion of culture and arts. He is the co-founder in 2019 of a new information platform on the internet (Analyz.ma) where he provides, among other things, a weekly column entitled: “Friday, everything is said”.
Mohamed El Baz
Born in El Ksiba, Morocco in 1967, Mohamed El Baz graduated from the l’Ecole Régionale d’Art (Regional School of Fine Art) Dunkirk in 1989. In 1992, he obtained a DNSEP (Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique, .diploma in visual arts) from the ENSA (École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris Cergy) in Cergy. He also took classes at IHEAP in Paris (Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques (1988-1994), founded in 1985 by PontusHulten with Daniel Buren and Sarkis. Mohamed El baz lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco and Lille, France.Since 1993, Mohamed El baz has been creating a work entitled «Bricoler l’incurable»(Mending the incurable). His leitmotiv provides him with an ongoing, never ending and always controversial installations; as components or «details» find a place and adapt to each new concept.His work has three orientations through which Mohamed El baz crosses boundaries and categories : daily, autobiographical and playful ; the work itself becomes mobile and turns into a different story. Mohamed El baz questions the notions of borders and territories and all that works to erect barriers between people.
Since 2020, she has been the curator of the European Union Film Festival in India. Since 2019, she has been working as a film programmer for the MoliseCinema Festival (Casacalenda, Molise). Since 2015 she has been a film programmer at the MedFilm Festival in Rome and responsible for relations with universities and prisons. Since 2020 she is coordinator of the MedFilm Archive and she collaborates with the Department “Italian Institute of Oriental Studies – ISO” of the University La Sapienza in Rome on a project, born from the collaboration with the Medfilm, on the relations between the cinema and intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean. Since 2019, she has collaborated with the Department of History, Cultural Heritage, Education and Society of the University of Tor Vergata in Rome in the field of film education and film literacy. From 2012 to 2016, she directed the Tagliacozzoinfilm Festival in the Abruzzo region, Italy. Master in Modern Letters at La Sapienza University in Rome in 2002, she has also been a journalist since 2007.
Director, Actress and Photographer
Documentary filmmaker Marion Stalens works on the relationship to each other, whatever it is. The status of women, exile, disability, freedom of expression, radicalization, are among the themes she explored. Her films have the particularity of articulating social issues and the world of creation. She has made many documentaries for television (France 2, France 3, Arte, Canal+, Planète, etc…). We can mention in particular Reconciliation, Invitation to leave France, Silence or exile, Singular actors, Our mothers our Daronnes, Revenantes. At the same time, Marion Stalens has been working as a photographer for 30 years, with exhibitions in France and abroad.
producer, distributor, film critic (Mec film)
Irit Neidhardt has been working as free-lance author and curator in the field of cinema and the Middle East since 1995. In 2002 she founded mec film, an international distribution and sales company for films by Arab directors. She is author of numerous articles about Arab cinema in which she is focusing on questions of cooperation and co-production between Europe and the Middle East as well as co-producer of several Arab documentaries.
Cinema Advisor, Cinema Department at IF of Paris
Fanny Aubert Malaurie
Fanny Aubert Malaurie has a double artistic and managerial career. She has been an actress, director, cruise ship operator, theatre manager and cultural diplomat for more than 20 years. She has a strong general artistic background and experience in public relations, film, visual and performing arts and digital creation. She teaches international cultural management. Fanny Aubert Malaurie has a large experience in raising funds for projects and/or cultural engineering institutions, both from public institutions and private donors (companies and individuals). She also directed the «Athena French Film Festival” and is member of the board of directors of the «Sarlat Film Festival». She speaks several languages (about ten).
Former director of the Carthage Festival
After finishing his filmmaking studies at the Tunisian Art Academy in 1983, he served as general director of the Audiovisual Department at the Ministry of Culture and the Department of International Cultural Center of Hamamat and its festival before becoming director of Carthage Film Festival in 2012. Kharrat also served as jury member in Alexandria, Damascus, Nile and Dakhla Film Festivals.
Director and critic
Film director, DoP and Editor
Hamid Benamra is 55. 10 years at university studying philosophie, filmmaking and «History & Cinema» with Marc Ferro in Paris. 5 Dan karate, Bushido is his way of life : «the frame and the knife have cutting in common but you sharpen your eye» – excerpt of his last film «Timelife», world premiered at the 41 Moscow Int. Film Festival. In Algeria he made 6 films from 1981 to 1985: «Godard’s children have also cleverly swarmed to the suburbs of Algiers» writes film critic Mouny Berrah in «Les deux écrans» n°50 (1982). In France he made 10 films, the last ones are «Pieces of lives, pieces of dreams», «Reveries of the Solitary Actor», «Hizam» and «Timelife». He was jury in Luxor African Film festival, in Rabat Int. Film Festival and President of the Jury in Toulouse African Film Festival and in Yalta Int. Film Festival (2019). He writes about cinema for Aljazeera since 2014.
Script Writer,Film Maker, and Journalist
Nasri Hajjaj, Palestinian filmmaker, writer and journalist, holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the Arab University of Beirut. His publications include a collection of stories entitled I Think I Love Government, he publish a number of stories in the UK and America. He has been selected as a jury member for many Arab festivals. His films include The Shadow of Absence (2007), As the Poet Said (2009) and The Bird (2018).
President of the Association of Film Writers
Lourdes Palacios (Huelva, Spain). Degree in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism, she is a professional of Corporate and Institutional Communication, Film Critic and Filmmaker with more than 25 years of profession. she has been a film criticfor the Seville magazine El Giraldillo since 1998. She has been the press officer of the Seville European Film Festival, the Delegation of Culture of the City Council of Seville and works since 2012 as a press coordinator for Alcances, Documentary Film Festival from Cádiz. He is also creative and responsible for audiovisual productions and communication in his agency The Louca Factory, from where he coordinates press actions for film productions. She belongs to the Association of the Press of Seville, and she is president of the Association of Writers and Cinematographic Writers of Andalusia ASECAN (organization that gives the Andalusian Cinema Awards since 1982), which in 2002 rewarded her work at the head of the radio program “Al Cinema with Lourdes ”of the COPE Network as Best Information Work on Cinema in Andalusia.
Researcher in the field of cinema
Arts teacher, screenwriter and film critic
Amal El Gamal was born in 1973 in a village called «The Poets»,
Province of Damietta, North Egypt. Daughter of a peasant family, she worked in the fields, went to school, then college and graduated from the School of Communications, Cairo University. In 2004 she passed the Diploma in Arts, then in 2007 obtained a Master of Arts both with Distinction. In 2013 she received a doctorate for her thesis on Cinematic Language in
Literature (A Comparative Study between the Russian cinema director Andrei Tarkovsky and the Egyptian novelist and writer Sherif Hetata) also with honors. Since 1997 she has been working as a script writer in Egyptian Television. She has written several scenarios for documentary films, including four sequences on «Animals in Danger of Extinction» in Egypt chosen amongst others in the same series shown on the television of fifteen countries in Europe. She has written two scripts for fiction films, one based on a short story by Youssef Idris called «Beyond Reason», and the other based on a novel called «The Net» by Sherif Hetata. The second scenario was awarded a prize in 2009 at the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival. She writes articles and studies in film criticism for two magazines, one published in Kuwait and the other in UAE, and both film and literary.
Film critic and journalist
Adil SEMMAR , Film critic and translator
Founder and CEO of digital platform www.maghrebarts.ma
Writer of many articles and studies on cinema critics.