Jury 2021

Jean-Claude Codsi - Lebanon

President of the Jury

Born in Lebanon, Jean-Claude Codsi started as an engineering student in Beirut.

He went to Belgium and obtained a degree in film studies at the INSAS - Brussels.

He worked as editor on 3 docudrama films directed by Burhan Alawiyeh and produced by ARTE:  “Letters from War”, “Letters from Exile”, and “Assouan”.

He taught from 1997 till 2013 scriptwriting and film directing at IESAV, the Audiovisual Institute of Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

He wrote and directed two feature films:

Ana el Awãn (Time has come) 1994, starring Simon Abkarian and Darina el Jundi. Jury award at the Namur Francophone Film Festival.

Insanon Charif (A Man of Honor) 2012 starring Majdi Machmouchi and Carole Hatem. Best support actor at the Carthago Cinema Days to Chadi Haddad.

جان كلود قدسي - لبنان

رئيس لجنة التحكيم

ولد جان كلود قدسي في لبنان وبدأ دراسته كطالب هندسة في بيروت.

سافر إلى بلجيكا وحصل على إجازة في دراسات الأفلام من INSAS - بروكسل.

عمل مولف لثلاثة أفلام وثائقية من إخراج برهان علوية وإنتاج ARTE : رسائل من الحرب" و "رسائل من المنفى" و "أصوان".

درّس كتابة السيناريو والإخراج السينمائي في ال IESAV من 1997 حتى 2013 ، وهو معهد الدراسات المسرحية والسمعية والمرئية في جامعة القديس يوسف في بيروت.

كتب وأخرج فيلمين روائيين:

آن الاوان 1994 ، بطولة سيمون أبكاريان ودارينا الجندي. حائز على جائزة لجنة التحكيم في مهرجان نامور الفرنكوفوني السينمائي.

إنسان شريف 2012 بطولة مجدي المشموشي وكارول حاتم. نال شادي حداد أفضل ممثل مساعد في أيام قرطاج السينمائية.

Safei Eldin Mahmoud - Egypt

صفي الدين محمود - مصر

Safei Eldin Mahmoud is an Egyptian film producer; Safei has been working in the film industry for more than 20 years.In 2013, Safei founded Red Star for Production and Distribution, to produce a diverse portfolio of fiction and documentary productions that appeal to a wide range of audiences and create a bridge between arthouse and commercial cinema. In a very short time, Safei was noted to be one of the most prominent producers in the Egyptian and Arab World Film industry. Prior to founding Red Star, Safei has worked as an executive director on a number of feature fiction films directed by Marwan Hamed including Imarat Yaqubian (The Yaqubian Building), Ibrahim Al Abyad (Ibrahim the White), and Al-Fiil Al-Azraq (The Blue Elephant). He was also the executive director of Intizar (Waiting) a Franco - Palestinian production, directed by Rashid Meshhewari. As he is very keen on taking part in international film festivals, Safei’s films received more than 60 International awards.

بدأ صفي الدين محمود طريقه الفني بالعمل في المسرح سنة 1989 ، قبل أن ينتقل إلى السينما كمساعد مخرج في عدة أفلام كان أولها "أسرار البنات" للمخرج مجدي أحمد علي (2001) , ثم توالت الأعمال: محامي خلع ( ٢٠٠٢ ) و"عسكر في المعسكر" ( ٢٠٠٣ )و دم الغزال (٢٠٠٦) للمخرج محمد ياسين. كما عمل مع المخرجة هالة خليل في فيلم "أحلى الأوقات" ( 2004 ) والمخرج الفلسطيني رشيد مشهراوي في فيلم "انتظار" ( 2005 ) ثم ساعد المخرج مروان حامد في أفلامه ، وهي على التوالي: "عمارة .يعقوبيان" ( ٢٠٠٦ ) "إبراهيم الأبيض" (2009), "الفيل الازرق" في 2014. في 2014 أسس شركة "ريد ستار" للإنتاج و التوزيع، حيث بدأ بالمشاركة في انتاج الفيلم القصير "حار جاف صيفا" للمخرج شريف البنداري، بالشراكة مع شركة "ساب تايب" الألمانية للإنتاج بدعم من مؤسسة روبرت بوش . و شارك في إنتاج عدد من الأفلام التسجيلية والقصيرة، ويعد فيلم "نوارة" للمخرجة هالة خليل باكورة إنتاج الشركة من الأفلام الروائية الطويلة و تم انتاجه عام2015. ثم توالت انتاجات الشركة من افلام روائية طويلة و قصيرة و تسجيلية ، ففى عام 2017 كان "الاصليين" من تأليف احمد مراد و اخراج مروان حامد ، بالاضافة الى فوتوكوبى" من تأليف هيث دبور و اخراج تامر عشرى. و الفيلم التسجيلى القصير "النحت فى الزمن – ناجى شاكر" من اخراج "يوسف ناصر" و فى 2018 "ورد مسموم " من اخراج احمد فوزى صالح و الذي تم عرضه العالمي الاول فى مهرجان روتردام السينمائى الدولى ، الى جانب افلام روائية قصيرة " شوكة و سكينة" من اخراج آدم عبد الغفار و "ماتعلاش عن الحاجب" من اخراج تامر عشرى و تم عرضهم فى مهرجان الجونة السينمائى فى المسابقة الرسمية للأفلام القصيرة.

Carole Abboud - Lebanon

Carole Abboud is a Lebanese actress and producer. She holds a BA in Acting and Directing from the Lebanese University and a Masters in Performing Arts from Paris 8 University- France.

 She featured in several international productions such as ‘Frihetsligan’ by Leyla Assaf-Tengroth ‘Djinn’ by Tobby Hooper and ‘Never Leave Me’ by Aida Begic. She starred in Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab’s ‘Beyrouth Fantômes’, ‘Terra Incognita’ (Official selection Un certain Regard/Cannes 2002), and ‘The Valley’.

كارول عبود - لبنان

كارول عبود ممثلة ومنتجة لبنانية. حاصلة على إجازة في التمثيل والإخراج من الجامعة اللبنانية وماجستير في الفنون المسرحية من جامعة باريس 8 - فرنسا.

 ظهرت في العديد من الإنتاجات الدولية مثل "Frihetsligan" ل ليلى عساف-تنغروث ، "جن" لتوبي هوبر و "لا تتركني أبدًا" لعايدة بيجيك. لعبت دور البطولة في فيلم "أشباح بيروت " للمخرج اللبناني غسان سلهب و" أرض مجهولة" الذي تم اختياره للمشاركة في مسابقة (نظرة ما) في مهرجان كان السينمائي 2002 ، وفيلم الوادي.

Zeina Daccache - Lebanon

President of the Jury

BA in Theater Studies, MA in Clinical Psychology, Registered Drama Therapist / Board Certified Trainer with the North American Drama Therapy Association - NADTA, USA.

She is the founder and Executive Director of Catharsis - Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy and works as a drama therapist, professional trainer, play director and documentary film maker in different settings.

Zeina managed and directed pioneering projects such as 12 Angry Lebanese (2009) and Johar Up in the Air (2016) presented by the inmates of Roumieh prison – that gives special populations a tool for self-advocacy,  thereby communicating their message to the society and decision makers, lobbying and putting in action policy change.

Since 2010, Zeina has been also working as a Professional Trainer at International and local Corporates and NGOs ( such as Roche Pharma, Boehringer Ingelheim, Air France, Algorithm SAL, Booz Allen, Touch, Souk El Tayeb, etc.) offering various programs such as: team building, public Speaking and communication skills, support through restructuring phases, conflict resolution. She also works at her private practice with individuals in need of exploring various life problems and expanding their quality of life.

Zeina is recipient of many awards given for her distinguished contributions to the field of social initiatives and services.

Cynthia Choucair - Lebanon

Born in Lebanon, Cynthia Choucair graduated from ALBA University in 1998 and obtained a Maîtrise in Film Directing from Iesav-USJ in 2002. She has directed nine fiction and documentary films of different lengths. Her last documentary “Counting Tiles” premiered at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2018, in the Bright Future Competition and participated at various festivals around the world. It received the UNHCR Award at Cinemigrante film festival and the jury’s special mention at the Aswan International Women Film Festival. In 2007, she founded her own production company, Road2films, producing documentaries, fiction films and TV programs. She has produced and coproduced documentaries that have competed in prestigious international film festivals such as the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Sheffield DocFest, RIDM, FidMarseille and many others. Cynthia has been a member of the Lebanese Cultural Association Beirut DC since 2001 and for 8 years she tought documentary filmmaking at ALBA university.

Sherif Fathy - Egypt

شريف فتحي - مصر

Sherif Fathy is a producer, digital colorist, the founder & CEO of the Cell studios.

Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts with 18 years of experience working on advertising, films and TV Series in Egypt and worldwide.

Specialized in fiction films, documentaries, commercials and passionate about creating content with a social and environmental impact.

“Over these previous years he has always been a researcher in addition to his continuous personal studies which helped in shaping and building his own style in the whole industry“

His work has been screened at numerous international festivals and has been also featured in CIFF, TIFF, GDA and GFF . He also worked as a producer & post producer for several digital platforms such as Netflix and VIU.

شريف فتحي منتج ومصحح ألوان ومؤسس ومدير تنفيذي لاستوديوهات سيل.

تخرج من كلية الفنون الجميلة بخبرة 18 عامًا في العمل في مجال الإعلان والأفلام والمسلسلات التلفزيونية في مصر والعالم.

متخصص في الأفلام الروائية والوثائقية والإعلانات التجارية وشغوف بإنشاء محتوى له تأثير اجتماعي وبيئي.

 كان دائمًا باحثًا على مدار السنوات الماضية ، بالإضافة إلى دراساته الشخصية المستمرة التي ساعدت في تشكيل وبناء أسلوبه الخاص في صناعة السينما.

 تم عرض أعماله في العديد من المهرجانات الدولية و في CIFF و TIFF و GDA و GFF .عمل أيضًا كمنتج للعديد من المنصات الرقمية مثل Netflix و VIU.

Diamand Abou Abboud - Lebanon

President of the Jury

After receiving her master’s degree in acting and directing from the Lebanese University – Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture 2 – Theatre and Cinema Department where she now teaches Acting and Directing Actors, Diamand Abou Abboud began her career in theatre (almost 14 plays till nowadays including one that she wrote and directed).

Her first short film “Point Virgule” which she wrote and directed earned her the Special Jury Award at the European Film Festival in Beirut.

After appearing in Several Lebanese, Arab and International short films and TV series, she won her first roles in cinema in Samir Habchi’s Beyrouth Open City (2008) and Bahij Hojeij’s Here Comes the Rain (2010).

The actress plays one of the main roles of Waynon (Void) (2014) on which she received for her performance local and international awards and which she co-wrote with George Khabbaz. It earned her the Best Script Award at the MAFF (Malmö Arab Film Festival) in Sweden. Waynon represented Lebanon for the Oscars in 2015.

In 2015, she plays under the direction of Mahmoud Hojeij in Stable Unstable.

Her performance in Philippe Van Leeuw’s Insyriated earned her The Valois of Best Actress at The Angoulême Film Festival in France 2017 and The Best Actress Award at The Cairo International Film Festival Egypt 2017.

Diamand Abou Abboud then goes on stage in France and Belgium for The Fourth Wall, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Sorj Chalandon, directed by Julien Bouffier, and joins the cast of The Insult of Ziad Doueiri, nominated for the Oscars for Best Foreign Film in 2018. She won on her role in The Insult the “Trophée Francophone du Cinéma 2018” in St Louis / Senegal.

Diamand Abou Abboud appears in 2019 on ARTE in the credits of Eden, a series directed by Dominik Moll and produced by ARTE.

She participated in the cast of “Electra My Love” a feature film by Hisham Bizri in 2019. She features as one of the main cast of the Arabic version of the feature film “The Perfect Strangers” shot in 2021.

Diamand also participated as a jury member in Local and International Film Festivals, at the FIFF (Festival International du Film Francophone in Namur/Belgium), the CIFF (Cairo International Film Festival / Egypt), the JCC (Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage / Tunisia), the MAFF (Malmö Arab Film Festival / Sweden) and others. Diamand is now preparing her PHD in theatre.

Nicolas Khabbaz - Lebanon

نيكولا خباز - لبنان

Nicolas Khabbaz born in Lebanon. He graduated in filmmaking, and holds a Ph.D. in cinema where he studied the cinema of small nations and the question of its identity. He has become the artistic director of the NDU International Film Festival / Beirut Shorts and the program director of Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival. He has been Director of the Audiovisual Arts Department at NDU since 2012. Between 2005 and 2020 he has produced 16 theatre plays, written and directed by Georges Khabbaz, with whom he co-founded KAY Production.

Khabbaz has participated in several major international festivals around the world as a filmmaker, jury member, curator and industry expert. He has produced several award-winning feature films and short films premiered in Locarno film festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

نيكولا خباز من مواليد لبنان. حائز على اجازة في الاخراج السينمائي ودكتوراه في السينما حيث درس سينما الدول الصغيرة ومسألة هويتها. أصبح المدير الفني لمهرجان NDU السينمائي الدولي / أفلام بيروت القصيرة ومدير برامج مهرجان البترون للأفلام المتوسطية القصيرة. شغل منصب مدير قسم الفنون السمعية والبصرية في جامعة اللويزة منذ عام 2012. قام بانتاج 16 مسرحية بين عامي 2005 و 2020  من كتابة واخراج جورج خباز ، وشارك معه في تأسيس KAY Production.

شارك خباز في العديد من المهرجانات الدولية الكبرى حول العالم كمخرج وعضو لجنة تحكيم وقيِّم وخبير في السينما. أنتج العديد من الأفلام الطويلة الحائزة على جوائز والأفلام القصيرة التي عُرضت لأول مرة في مهرجان لوكارنو السينمائي ومهرجان تورنتو السينمائي الدولي.

Mark Lotfy - Egypt

Mark Lotfy is an Egyptian producer and director. He established ‘Fig Leaf' Studios in 2005 focusing on the work of emerging filmmakers, quickly rising as one of the most prominent independent production companies in the region. He recently produced “I am Afraid to Forget Your Face” directed by Sameh Alaa which won the Palme d'Or at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and also produced films that were selected in many prominent film festivals such as the Berlinale, Sundance, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, and BFI among others including recent films like “Souad” directed by Ayten Amin (Cannes 2020, Berlinale & Tribeca 2021 selection) and "Captains of Zaatari" directed by Ali Elaraby (Sundance 2021 selection).

Mark also established, with fellow filmmakers, "Cinedelta" an Independent Documentary Film School that aims to create opportunities for young filmmakers through exchanges with international film experts.

مارك لطفي - مصر

مارك لطفي سينمائي ومنتج وكاتب سكندري. قام مع رفاقه في عام 2005 بتأسيس شركة "فيج ليف ستوديوز" للإنتاج، والتي أنتجت العديد من الأفلام الحائزة على جوائز أو المختارة رسميًا من قبل المهرجانات المحلية والدولية.

يستكشف مارك من خلال أعماله الحد الفاصل ما بين السرد الروائي، والوثائقي، وفنون الوسائط الجديدة، كما يطرح التساؤلات حول الأمور اليومية، والعرضية والافتراضية. شارك بتأليف كتاب "ثورة سلكية: الناس والسلطة في عصر القوة الاجتماعية"، إلى جانب مقالات أخرى منشورة.

من خلال فيج ليف ستوديوز، قام مارك مع رفاقه بتأسيس برنامج "سينيدلتا" للأفلام الوثائقية، حيث يعمل باستمرار على فتح مجالات جديدة للسينما والحركة الفنية المستقلة في الإسكندرية ومصر ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا، من خلال حضانة المواهب وتبادل الخبرات الفنية مع الفنانين والمنظمات الدولية.

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