About Rym and Mareym : Creative Documentary (Tunisia-Egypt-Sweden)
Country : Tunisia-Egypt-Sweden
Type :Creative Documentary
Mark Lotfy, Mirvet Kammoun
Language : Arabic
Contact : Mirvet_medini@yahoo.fr , Mark@figleafstudios.com
Two twin teenage girls of generation Z, from a working-class district of Tunis, are confronted with a train accident that causes the amputation of both legs of one of them. Betrayed by a society that abandoned them to their fate, they must seek solutions to reclaim their lives and rebuild their identities. Two years after the tragedy, can they still dream of the future?
Doctor of Arts, director, and author, she has written and directed three short fiction films, selected and awarded at international festivals such as the Carthage Film Festival, the Aswan International Women's Film Festival, the Malmö Arab Film Festival, Dakar Court, and The Mediterranean Film Festival of Alexandria. These films include "Nejma" (2014), "Noces d'Épines" (2018), and "Hayat" (2021). Her first feature documentary, titled "About Rym and Mareym," is currently in development.
FIG LEAF Studios is a production company established in 2005, that produced award-winning, and officially selected films in renowned festivals such as Cannes film festival, Berlinale, Sundance, Karlovy Vary film festival, San Sebastian and BFI among others. Including films like Captains of Zaatari (2021) Directed by Ali Elaraby, Soad (2020) Directed by Ayten Amin, I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face (2020) Directed by Sameh Alaa, One Night Stand (2019) directed by Mark lotfy and Noor Abed….
Cirta : Feature-length documentary fiction ()
Type :Feature-length documentary fiction
Olfa Ben Achour
Production company : APA : Artistes Producteurs Associés
Language : Arabic
Chosen to play the leading roles in a fictional film based on a true story, four underprivileged children from Kef found themselves thrust into the world of Tunisian cinema, courtesy of the CIRTA cinema of the 1960s. Spanning two generations, this docu-fiction portrays their journey from wandering the streets of their city to the discovery and apprenticeship of the acting profession.
Saif Chida, a Tunisian filmmaker born in 1990, hails from the Kef region and is deeply immersed in its artistic community. As a co-founder and artistic director of the ACT Kef association in 2012, he is dedicated to local cultural and educational development. This talented self-taught filmmaker directed several short films including "Maccabé" in 2015, "Nagra" in 2016, and "Sidi" in 2018, following his completion of studies at ESAC. "Cirta" marks his debut as a feature film director.
Olfa Ben Achour is a Franco-Tunisian producer particularly committed to promoting Tunisian cinema. With APA: ARTISTES PRODUCTEURS ASSOCIÉS, she co-produced, since 2011, the short drama LE BAIN, by Anissa Daoud, and produced the documentaries LES AIGLES DE CARTHAGE, by Adriano Valerio, ANGLE MORT, by Lotfi Achour, the documentary mini-series STAMBELI, DERNIERE DANSE DES ESPRITS, by Augustin Le Gall, and recently the feature-length drama RED PATH by Lotfi Achour
OF DEBT AND MONEY : Drama (fiction) (Tunisia)
Country : Tunisia
Type :Drama (fiction)
Production company : RHESUS FILM
Language : Arabic-Tunisian dialect Arabic
Contact : email@example.com (58 924 965)
Seeking compensation for his recent work accident, which is the only way for him to pay off a troublesome debt, Ammar appears to be preparing for something baneful.
Houssem Sansa studied cinema in Tunis, where he is born in 1983. As a director, he has to his credit for cinema two short fiction films, "Waiting for Tomorrow" and "Homage," as well as a feature-length documentary, "The Captain". Currently, Houssem is developing his first feature-length fiction film titled "Of Debt and Money."
After studying cinema in Tunisia and Paris, Ahmed Kefi gained experience in various departments of film production. In 2016, he founded his own production company, Rhésus Monkey Film. He has produced several short films before co-producing a feature-length documentary in 2020, "The Disqualified" by Hamza Ouni, which was acclaimed and recognized both nationally and internationally.
13ème ROUND : Drama (Tunisia)
Country : Tunisia
Mohamed Ali Nahdi
Production company : Paprika Films
Language : Arabic tunisian
Contact : +21620110181 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Montassar, a former boxing champion with a complex past, starts a new chapter as a bricklayer. His new life revolves around his job, daily life's struggles, and his family. He lives happily with his wife, Samira, and shares a strong bond with his only son, Mehdi, who deeply admires him. One day, a malignant tumor is discovered in Mehdi's body, placing Montassar in a new challenge, but this time outside the boxing ring.
Mohamed Ali Nahdi is a Tunisian actor and director born in Tunis in 1972. He directed three short films, THE PROJECT (2008, ONCE UPON A TIME AT DAWN (2010) and FATUM (2019). His first feature, MOEZ, was released in Tunisia in 2022. In 2022, he obtained funding from the Tunisian Ministry of Culture for “13th round”.
Melik Kochbati founded Paprika Films in 2011 and produced several shorts, documentaries, TV series and feature films, of which include « Whispering sands », « Loving Wallada » by Nacer Khemir and «Alam» by Firas Khoury. He is currently preparing the shooting of Wissem Tlili’s feature « Clandestino » and is in the financing stage of « Round 13 » by Mohamed Ali Nahdi.
AMARA : Drama (France-Lebanon)
Country : France-Lebanon
Production company : Zentropa
Language : Arabic
Contact : Keserwanymichelle@gmail.com
Darine, a dynamic woman in her thirties, hosts the morning show "Horoscopes with Darine" at a small, politically affiliated radio station in Beirut. Everything takes a turn when her boss asks her to replace the news anchor who was let go due to the economic crisis. Darine, who has always sought refuge in a deliberately fictional world, must suddenly announce the grim reality of a country on the brink of collapse, a reality she is not prepared for.
Michelle Keserwany is a Lebanese filmmaker, writer, and musician known for her satirical political music videos created with her sister Noel since 2010. In 2023, her first short film Les Chenilles, which she co-directed with her sister, became the first Arab film to receive the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale. In 2021, she was awarded the "Author's Fund" from the CNC for her upcoming live action film AMARA.
Tine Mikkelsen began producing performances and short films in Berlin in 2015. She later moved to Denmark, joining Adomeit Film, and worked as an associate producer on notable films like "The Orphanage" by Shahrbanoo Sadat, which premiered at Cannes, and "Resin" by Daniel Borgman. Recently, she served as a co-producer for "The Promised Land" by Nikolaj Arcel, which premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival. This film has been chosen as Denmark's official submission for the upcoming Academy Awards.
Coconut : Coming of Age Drama (South Africa )
Country : South Africa
Type :Coming of Age Drama
Bongiwe Selane and Dineo Lusenga
Production company : Blingola Media and KIWI Films
Language : English and South African Vernecular (specifically SePedi and Zulu)
Contact : email@example.com , Dineo.Lusenga@gmail.com
In 1995, the close-knit Tlou family moved from the crammed Pretoria township of Mabopane into white, suburban Little Valley Estate in Sandton, Johannesburg, after John Tlou secured a top tech job. Throughout the next seven years, as witnessed by the youngest daughter Ofilwe, each of the four family members goes through their own transformation in order to fit into this foreign, unwelcoming world, and in the end, one of them is dead.
Karabo is a writer/director whose short film, ‘What Did You Dream?’, premiered in competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and won Best African Short at the Durban International Film Festival. She has also directed 2-time I-Emmy nominated news satire show ‘Late Nite With Loyiso Gola’, and teen spy drama, ‘Classified’, for Amazon Freevee. She’s currently developing feature films ‘Sabbatical’, and an adaptation of the South African literary classic ‘Coconut’. She’s a 2021 Berlinale Talents and TIFF Writers’ Studio alumnus.
Les Ambitieux : Comedy-drama (Togo)
Country : Togo
Production company : MARBOS PRODUCTIONS
Language : French
Contact : +228 91 02 79 17 / +228 92 10 08 88
The inhabitants of Nadoba, a small village of traditional farmers, face a severe cholera outbreak due to a breakdown in their sole source of drinking water. As the community anticipates Komi, the new healer, to find a cure, he is overwhelmed and suggests to the village council to let him assemble a troupe to participate in a dance competition. The winnings from the competition will enable them to provide the village with a new borehole.
Gilbert BARARMNA was born in Kandé, Togo. After completing a BTS in Audiovisual Studies in Lomé, he directed two short films (Brigitte and La vie de Daniel) and two web series (Une famille pas comme les autres and Centre Au Secours), both of which won him international acclaim. His first feature film 'LE JOB IDEAL' has already won awards and been selected for the 28th FESPACO.
Graduated from the High School oh Visuals Arts of Marrakech, Marcelin BOSSOU (BOSSOU-HUNKALI Akakpo Massinou) set up in 2015 the company Marbos Productions which produced, in fiction as in documentary, about twenty short films with festival presentations and prizes, a series and a feature film.
LE GRAND MAQUIS TUNIS : DOCUMENTARY (Tunisia)
Country : Tunisia
DJITTA BELLOTTO NICOLO
SARRA BEN HASSEN
Production company : INSTINCT BLEU FILM
Language : French
Contact : +216 25061895 , +216 22545981
This film is an immersion in some of the spaces and places of the migrant community in Tunisia through the character of Cécile, hairdresser and activist in civil society. Places of resistance, solidarity, mutual aid, waiting, transition, hope and despair, but also violence in a society that marginalizes them, ignores them or pretends to ignore them.
Djitta Bellotto Nicolo was born in Douala, Cameroon. He obtained his degree in image at the IINA in Tunis in 2020. Following that, he directed his first two short films, a documentary “LA TIKTOKEUSE” and a fiction “ENTRE DEUX RIVES” which will receive several prizes and selections at both the national and international levels.
Sarra Ben Hassen has over twenty years of experience in executive production for both local and international projects in collaboration with various Tunisian companies. In 2018, she participated in international programs dedicated to producers, (EAVE, Doha Producer's Lab, Cinemart) before producing the Oscar-nominated short film Brotherhood by Meryam Joobeur., with whom she joined forces to found the company INSTINCT BLEU dedicated to production of young talents.
My Mother & I : Documentary (Iraq - Egypt )
Country : Iraq - Egypt
Production company : Patchwork Productions
Language : Kurdish
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
A woman in her seventies defies societal expectations and clings to her isolated life alongside her sheep, with whom she shares an exceptional bond. When her mother passes away, she faces a conflict with her family and community. However, she chooses independence and embarks on a transformative journey amidst the challenges of loss and the pursuit of a new beginning.
Dilpak Majeed, born in Duhok, Iraq in 1994, completed her studies at the University of Duhok with a degree in chemistry. She has a diverse background in journalism, working as a journalist, director, cameraperson, and editor for various reports and features. In addition, she has contributed to journalism websites focusing on Yazidi issues and worked as well as a costume designer. Dilpak has participated in numerous filmmaking workshops. She also wrote and directed the short film "Gado."
Marwa Tammam, an Egyptian producer and director, followed her filmmaking passion after earning her pharmacy degree and an MBA in marketing. In 2016 she founded Patchwork Productions, a Cairo-based company, producing and co-producing numerous short films showcased in international film festivals. Her recent work, "Objects Are Closer Than They Appear," was featured in the 45th Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival and the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF). Currently, Marwa is involved in developing new feature film projects.
TEN DAYS : Drama (Iraq-Canada)
Country : Iraq-Canada
Muna Alkadhimi, Mohanad hayal
Production company : Ishtar film production
Language : Arabic
Contact : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabah and Bushra, an ideal couple from southern Iraq, learn that their fetus has a biological disorder in the "male chromosome" and may have female psychological tendencies. This discovery sparks a conflict with their community and families who pressure them to terminate the pregnancy due to the potential shame it might bring. The couple has struggled to conceive in the past. This fetus is their last hope. Faced with this dilemma, will they yield to ancestral traditions or fight to protect their future child?
The Iraqi filmmaker Mohanad Hayal has garnered international recognition for his latest feature film "Haifa Street," earning eight awards, including: Best Asian Film at the Busan International Festival and Best Film at the Cairo International Festival. He has also made contributions to the television industry, with credits including the production, writing, and directing of series such as "The Red Zone," "The Deep State," and "New Baghdad." Beyond television, Hayal has served as a co-producer on several feature films.
Muna Alkadhimi is the CEO of Ishtar Iraq Film Production. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Al-Ahliyya Amman University in Jordan. Her role involves managing the company established in 2017 to create innovative films and nurture young cinematic talents. In 2018, a second office was opened in Jordan, connecting the Iraqi film production market to the global scene. Some of their notable projects include "Mosul 980" by Ali Mohammad Saeed, "Hanging Gardens" by Ahmed Yassin, and "The Displaced Brother" by Muhannad Al-Sudany.