Henning Camre

President / Executive Director, European Think Tank on Film & Film Policy Since the late 90s he is Chair of Cultural Affairs at the Danish National UNESCO Commission. Adjunct Professor, CBS, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organisation and Industrial Sociology. Director, Danish National Film School; CEO & Principal, National Film & Television School, U.K and Founder of CREATEC (National Creative Arts and Technologies Centre) under the NFTS, UK CEO, Danish Film Institute 1998-2007 and Board member, Norwegian Film Institute. National distinctions: ‘Knight of the Dannebrog’ (2005) Foreign distinctions: Awarded ‘Chevalier de l´Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’, by the French Minister for Culture, Jack Lang (1990) for services towards film culture worldwide. Awarded ‘Ars Gloria’ Silver Medal from Polish Minister for Culture WaldemarDabrowski (2005)

Philippe Aractingi

Film Director / Writer Born and raised in Beirut, has made more than 40 films throughout his career, ranging from reports and documentaries to more personal and fictional films, all- taking place in various countries around the world. All of these films have been featured at a number of Arabic and international TV channels. His first feature film “Bosta” the first post-war musical since the return of peace in Lebanon. Won six different international awards among which best script in Carthage film festival, Golden Murex in Lebanon and best first film at the Biennale of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. In July 2006, as war once again ravaged his country, Aractingi reacted, in the heat of the moment, by shooting his second feature film: “Under the Bombs.” Selected to participate at the 64th Venice Film Festival, Sundance and Dubai Film Festivals, the film has won more then 22 prizes so far, including the Human Rights Film Award in Venice, and the Golden Muhr for Best Film and Best actress in the Dubai Film Festival.

Bassem Christo

Director / Producer, Owner of Periba Productions He started his career in the early 90’s, have directed more than 40 TV shows. Has worked in most of the startling Arab cities and Europe. Awards:
– Best Director (Music Clip) – Beirut Film Festival 1997
– Best Video Clip for a new artist – Oscar el Video Clip 2004
– Best TV Director 2007 (Private Magazine)

Mirna Khayat
Secretary of the Board

Director / Actress She holds a BA Communication Art (Radio TV and Films) from Notre Dame University Lebanon. Co-owner of Clap Productions Lebanon. Director for more than 160 Musical Videos for Arab Artists, which has been shot in Lebanon and more than 15 Arabic, European and Asian Countries. Director for more than 50 Concerts & Festivals for most famous Arab Artists in Beirut, Cannes, Paris, Charm El Sheikh, Carthage and Washington. Acting career: Mirna played the main role Actress in the feature film ” THE DAWN ” directed by Tony Abou Elias and a film about NizarKabbani’s biography directed by CharbelKamel.

Hauvick Habechian

is a Lebanese film critic, currently working for the leading Arab daily newspaper “Annahar” in Lebanon. Hauvick had started his career as freelance journalist working with local and regional newspapers from the Arab world. He has also directed & produced social programs and documentaries about cinema for various Arab televisions Moreover, he participated in many audiovisual workshops supporting Palestinian and Lebanese young students. Since 2005 Hauvick has been attending regional and international film festivals, as film critic and also as jury member.

Joseph Husseini

is the founder and project manager of Bright I, a consulting and production/distribution company that provides advisory services to regional broadcasters, coaching TV Presenters as well as creating and developing mobile apps for multiple platforms. With a career of over 24 years in broadcast television, he has worked across the entire spectrum of pay and free TV platforms, from the Middle East, North Africa, and across the world. During this career he was the head of acquisition and sales for all 6 stations within the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC): the number 1 television station in Lebanon and one of the leading satellite stations in the Middle East, a music channel, and 3 subscription channels.

Mohamed Hefzy

Mohamed Hefzy studied Metallurgical Engineering in London and still works in his field of study as he oversees his family’s copper manufacturing business. In spite of that, he managed to establish his status as one of the most prominent young scriptwriters and producers in the Arab world over the last ten years. In 2013, he was the only Arab to be selected by Screen International magazine as one of the most influential filmmakers in the film production category.

Dima Al Joundi

Senior executive Producer-Director & Audiovisual Expert She graduated in 1988 from the Cinema Institute in Brussels-INSAS- in Film & TV Editing & Continuity with distinction.
In 1994, she directed and produced her first Medium Documentary “Between us two…Beirut”, followed by “ the silk road” in Anatolia and “The barefoot diva” in Africa-Cabo Verde. She moved to Paris in 1995 where she continued directing and producing, than left to Sri Lanka where she worked as a Producer-Director for Young Asia TV. In 1998 she returned to Beirut where she established Crystal Films, a Film & TV production and Distribution company. “Khalass” a feature film by BorhaneAlaouie was her first big production with France & Belgium.
Crystal Films was the pioneer of the first Europa Cinema Theatre in the MEA, the “Salle SIX” and has distributed more than 25 Euro-Mediterranean films in the region.
In 2005, she Co-produced her documentary &Directed“Maid for sale” with Belgium &France, that has received several International awards. She produced more than 8 documentaries n the MEA and for AL-Jazeera Doc channel.
Senior Audiovisual Expert for the European Union, for the Evaluation of Euromed II programme- of a budget of 15 M.Euros in the Meda countries.
Jury member of the “Francophone Int. Organization” for the southern films Funding.
Since 2006: Vice-President of “APIMED” (Association of Mediterranean Independent producers).EstablishedMedimed TV market for Arabic and Mediterranean documentaries in Spain.

Paul Baboudjian
Executive Director

Started his career working both creatively and managerially in the media industry (advertising, television and films). He produced short films and documentary projects in various Countries of the Mediterranean area, developing an international experience and reputation. He actively contributed to the setup of Screen Institute Beirut, a Lebanese non-profit devoted to supporting the documentary film industry in the MENA region and is strongly committed to promote and develop an Arab screen culture that reflects the views, issues and interests of audiences and communities in the Arab world and to foster international collaboration and networks.


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