Rami Alloush has over 17 years of experience in film programming and Cinema operations, starting his career in CineStar Cinemas as Cinema Manager. He worked his way up from small location into one of the biggest and busiest cinema in middle east which is VOX Mall of The Emirates with 20 Theaters including IMAX, GOLD, and 4DX
In 2012 he moved from cinema operation into Film Programming, where he accepted a role of Film Programming Manager of VOX Cinemas across six countries including (UAE, Lebanon, Oman, Egypt, Qatar, and Bahrain)
Besides the film programming, Rami also the CSR Ambassador for VOX Cinemas. Where his mission is to create great moments for those who can’t afford to pay for it.
UAE-based film producer Ahmed Lotfy has been passionate about film since adolescence and today finds his calling within the budding UAE film movement.
Starting 2011, Lotfy began producing various small-budget projects in the UAE. His experience in business development and his access to a diverse network of resources proving a valuable asset along the way.
In 2015 Lotfy produced Emirati feature film "Abdullah" written and directed by Emirati filmmaker Humaid Alsuwaidi. This cinematic-art house production premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival, gaining much media coverage as well as various screenings in the UAE, including the European Film Screenings (EFS).
In 2016 Lotfy worked on the production of "The Stranger" both as producer and executive producer. "The Stranger" written and directed by British filmmaker Nabil Chowdhary, went on to premier at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that same year.
As a long-time resident of Abu Dhabi, Lotfy has an abundant knowledge of the Emirate as well as the different cultural communities that shape it. With multiple prospects on the horizon, Lotfy has founded his Abu Dhabi licensed production house, Fidelity Entertainment in 2017.
Fidelity is a dynamic multimedia outfit, with a prevalent focus on the production of local initiatives. With a strong network of individuals across the board on a domestic & international scale, Lotfy is a firm believer in a ‘no closed door’ approach.
"Fidelity Entertainment has been established to provide support and resources for our home-grown filmmakers to flourish. The developing film industry in the UAE has very much taken-off the last few years and I look forward to its continual growth in our region."
David Moore is an Antipodean who teaches Narrative Film at the Abu Dhabi Women College.
David finished his second Masters in Film and Television in 2010, specializing in script writing, prior to this his first masters which was in Film Directing and Production, both completed at Australia’s prestigious film school, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) School of film and television.
David has made many short films, but it wasn’t till he finished at VCA that his films graduated into many international film festivals. Collectively David’s short film has appeared in over 20 Australian and International films competitions, winning and being a finalist on several occasions.
Currently David lives and teaches Film production in Abu Dhabi as well as working voluntary on the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival Pre-Selection Committee since 2012. David’s students at Abu Dhabi Women’s College have won numerous film awards from many film festivals in the past years, including 5 first places in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Film Festivals.
David is recently self-published a book of short stories and photographs, completed a short film that appeared in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in Competition in 2013 and is currently writing a feature film.
Khalid graduated with a degree in Mass Communications – Video and Film Production from the University of Denver in Colorado USA. Khalid then went on to New York to complete a filmmaking course with the NY Film Academy, and then returned to the UAE to work as a producer for Abu Dhabi Media Company. After eight years of producing for news television Khalid then went on to pursue his passions as a freelance filmmaker working on his films or in others as crew and has not turned back since. Khalid has had numerous festival wins for his film Sabeel, was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012, and was named by Screen International as one of the top ten Arab filmmakers to watch. His recent film Don’t Leave Me won Best Muhr Emirati award at the Dubai International Film Festival 2013.
Mansoor Al Feeli is an award winning Emirati actor who started his artistic in art & media field in 1989. he introduced a range of media projects such as Local and Arab gulf TV & radio serials, movies, and international short films and long films as well on a different countries screens, in addition so many projects plays in UAE & Arab Gulf.
Notable Films Projects:
Slow Death Short Film – 3 grand prize winner in the Arab World Festival Short Film Award at the Golden Rice its fourteenth session, which was organized in Azrou and Ifranon 23rd – 26th August 2012, Award and Special Jury Film Festival in Oman, And a certificate of appreciation from the Dubai International Film Festival.
Dreams of Rice Short Film - 2011 (3 second place awards, best screenplay & best Actress)
The Smell of Paradise Short Film – 2012 (best screenplay award for student films)
Murk Light Short Film - 2012 (first place awards, best film & best photography)
The Line of Freedom Film (in English) - Directed by British filmmaker David Whitney.
Michelle is the Managing Director of MENA CineFinance, SPC, an offshore investment fund that deals with entertainment and media projects. She has over 10 years of working in the entertainment industry, before that she worked in the investment business. Previously she was involved with Manex Entertainment, a multiple Oscar winning VFX house and was involved there with business development. She is also the Co-Chairwoman of the UAE Chapter of Women in Film and Television.
Mohannad moved to Abu Dhabi to join the New York University Abu Dhabi(NYUAD) as Director of External Relations and Partnerships to help bring the communities of NYUAD, Abu Dhabi, and the region together through shared artistic journeys through its newly established Arts Center.
Previously, Al Bakri led Luminus Media - Jordan as Regional Managing Director bringing to the organization new creative features hosting and supporting regional filmmakers into the SAE’s top of the line post production facilitates and expertise including Jordanian film director Naji Abu Nowar to work on the post production of his first film THEEB 2014, and Najwa Najjarto complete her second feature EYE ON A THIEF 2014. He also made many partnerships possible; among them a two million euros EU grant “Investing in Culture & Art in the South Mediterranean – ICAM” offering regional filmmakers and artists development grants and creative support.
Through his previous position at the Royal Film Commission- Jordan (RFC),Al Bakri was among the enthusiasts who worked on developing the Film industry and the Capacity Building Programs in Jordan overseeing their strategic planning and implementation and supervising the national, regional and international partnerships. Among those programs, the Jordanian filmmakers hub, the Film House; Rawi Screenwriters’ Lab, a regional screenwriters program run in partnership with Sundance Institute;the Educational Feature Film Program in partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) and various regional and international organizations and professionals;the Filmmakers Support Program and the extension of the Film House activities outside capital Amman through the Film Clubs programs. Furthermore, he was co-founder and Pedagogical Team Member of Med Film Factory, a semi-professional regional training program for Arab Producers and Directors.
In addition, Al Bakri is a regular jury member at Screen Institute Beirut, a documentary film fund for Arab filmmakers; a consultant at the Euromed Audiovisual III programs and an executive producer for five award winning Jordanian narrative films:Transit Cities, The Last Friday, A 7 Hour Difference, When Monaliza Smiled and Line of Sight, which were produced in between 2010-2012.
Most recently, Al Bakri is co-founding partner of the Creative Documentary Platform, a regional initiative with the mission to nurture regional creative documentary filmmakers, harbor, circulate and promote creative documentaries’ essential culture and engage audiences through organized interactive screenings, online streaming and innovative capacity building programs.
Greg Unrau has over 17 years in film and television production, starting his career in Western Canada where he accepted a variety of roles including writer, producer, director, promotion director, and live program director. He worked his way up from small market TV stations into major markets garnering 22 international, national and regional awards for Documentary, TV Commercials, Public Service Campaigns, Journalism, Corporate Video, Live Specials, and Animation.
In the mid 90’s he moved from Canada to develop and produce video material for multimedia and online learning module sat Singapore Polytechnic. His work in Asia also provided chance to move into education and he began teaching video production part time at the Japan Singapore Institute of Software Technology. He completed a certificate in Teaching Higher Education,followed by a Masters in Education with Sheffield University in the UK, and eventually finished a Master of Arts with the University of Southern Queensland. Greg lived and worked in the UAE for 11 years teaching most aspects of Film and Television Production at Abu Dhabi Women’s college, NYFA Abu Dhabi, and The American University of Sharjah. As Head of Production and Training for the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Greg helped develop and supervise a number of short film, documentary, and script development programs. He has held positions as Associate Dean of Media Programs at two colleges in Canada and is currently teaching media courses part time,as well as working as an educational consultant in media education and quality assurance.
“The most rewarding experience for me has been seeing new filmmakers receive formal recognition for their work. It goes far beyond anything that I might have done personally; and I can only hope that some part of their inspiration may have come from our time developing projects together.”
Nujoom Alghanem is an Emirati poet, scriptwriter and award-winning film director. She has published eight poetry volumes and produced 11 films including four short fictions and six feature length documentaries. Her last four documentaries have won several local,regional and international prizes.
She was born in Dubai in 1962. She graduated with MA in Media Production, School of Film, Griffith University in Australia in 1999.
In 1996, she finished her Bachelor degree in Video Production from Ohio University in the United States.
From 1997 until the present, Nujoom has produced, written and directed numerous of fiction, documentary and corporate films. These include feature documentaries like Nearby Sky, Sounds of the Sea, Red Blue Yellow, Amal, Hamama and Al Mureed; short documentaries like The Young Fighter, and Between Two Banks; and short fictions like Salma’s Dinner, The Park, and Ice Cream. Of these works, she won 16 awards and recognition mostly on her work for Amal and Hamama.
In terms of work experience, Alghanem has started her professional career much earlier in1980 when she worked as a journalist for more than ten years.
She is considered an active and well-established writer and filmmaker in the Arab world. She recently became a board member of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, which is managed in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in London.
In addition to producing her own films, she currently works as a film, media and cultural consultant as well as film instructor for some of the educational and professional institutes and organizations in the UAE.
Dahlia Mahmoud is an assistant professor at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University. Her areas of influence are not by any means confined to one category, as the nature of her art and teaching are highly interdisciplinary and as such include design, culture, visual anthropology and fluid creative professional structures. Her initial academic posits in the United States proved fruitful in teaching variant design classes as well as administrative program planning, most notable, however is her work with the creative youth of the Gulf in her capacity as Graphic Design faculty at both the American University of Kuwait and Zayed University in Dubai. Through her teaching and mentorship, she has molded the minds of young artists into entrepreneurs and academics that continue exploring their heritage, cultures and identities through the creative process of graphic design and the arts at large. Some of the later projects include working on Creative Direction, marketing & sponsorship for a nationwide drive safe documentary and campaign as well as consultations in the media. Her latest awards were Best Short Film, The American Islamic Congress and the Pan Arab Excellence Award; awarded for the creative solutions and strategic planning for the noticeably profitable print to web move by Alanbaa Newspaper Kuwait. Mahmoud received her BFA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University, Mankato; as well as earning her MA and MFA In Digital Imaging, Videography & Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Arts.