guests of honor 2022

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic is a writer-director born in Dubrovnik, based in New York. Her directorial feature debut, MURINA, executive produced by Martin Scorcesse, premiered in Directors Fortnight at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and won Caméra d’Or Award for the Best First Film. Her short Into the Blue, was nominated for a Student Academy Award, and won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and Oberhausen, among many others. Antoneta is an alumna of the Résidence du Festival of Cinéfondation, Jerusalem Film Lab, the Berlinale Talent Lab, La Femis Producing Atelier and Marcie Bloom Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University in New York, a Masters in Producing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Croatia and is a member of the Academy of The Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, Oscars.

Daoud Oulad Sayed

Born in 1953 in Marrakech, Morocco. A Doctor of Physical Sciences (obtained at the University of Nancy, France), Aoulad Syad Daoud made his film debut in 1989 thanks to the “Summer University, discovery of cinema in France” internship at FEMIS. He then directed his first two short films: "K ricature" and "Paris, 13 Juillet". In 1991, he tried his hand at short documentary with "Memoire ocre" which was broadcast on Arte in 1993. The same year followed "Ecrans du sud" and "Entre l’absence et l’oublie" selected in the festivals of Carthage,Freiburg and Milan. Daoud is a renowned figure of Moroccan cinema, his films have earned him national and international distinctions.

Lamia Chraibi

Is the producer and founder of the production companies Moon a Deal Films created in 2011 in Paris and La Prod, created in 2007 in Casablanca. After completing her studies in audiovisual communication management in France, she worked for 9 years for various Parisian productions. Lamia develops fiction in its broadest sense by combining imagination and rigour without compromise or self-censorship. She works for a committed, free and independent cinema. She accompanies directors in the creative process, including Hicham Lasri, Narjiss Nejjjar, Ismaïl Ferroukhi, Mohcine Besri, co-produced Oliver Laxe’s “Mimosas” (Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016) as well as Balint Kenyeres’ “Tegnap” (Locarno Film Festival). She produced Talal Selhami’s Achoura, a Moroccan fantasy film (Best Film Award - Hardline Festival, Special Mention of the Jury - Sitges Fantastic Film Festival). Her last two documentaries Ziyara by Simone Bitton (Grand Prix at Filmmaker Milan) and School of Hope by Mohamed El Aboudi (Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs - Special prize at Tampere) were very well received by the critique and participated to many festivals. Lamia also produced various feature film projects and television programs.

May Odeh

May Odeh is born in Birzeit-Palestine. She is a director and producer, known for Diaries (2011), Gaza by Her 2017, Drawing for Better dreams 2015,Searching for Napoleon (2006) and famous of Producing The crossing “2017”,Unknown Soldiers “2014”, ROSHMIA “2014”, Izriqaq “2013”, She worked on production and distribution of many Palestinian fiction and documentary films. She is the founder of ODEH FILMS; a production company aiming to produce and distribute creative documentary and fiction films. May has Master’s Degree in film and production from Lillehammer University in Norway. Odeh’s curate and organize a various film program including Red Carpet Film Festival, and Mobile Cinema - which is aiming to tour around villages and communities in area C to screen entertainment films for families and kids. She has been recently working in a variety of Art projects research including film, photography, cocking, writing.

Muhammad Taymour

An Egyptian producer, director & video artist and founder of The 1st Egyptian Film Producers Club (EFPC) .In 2020, his short film as a producer “I am afraid to forget your face” won the prestigious Palme d’Or award in Festival De Cannes – Short Film Competition (2020).This Palme d’Or award marks the 1st Palme d’Or award for Egypt in the festival history. Taymour’s work has been awarded in multiple venues such as the Robert Bosch Stiftung Development Award and the Special Jury Award in 9th MADATAC video festival in Madrid in Spain. He is the founder of The 1st Egyptian Film Producers Club (EFPC) which has been founded to gather all the aspiring film producers and share their experience thought the club’s activities and also the main purpose of the club is to design educational programs for the upcoming generations of film producers in Egypt Moroccan writer, journalist, film critic and screenwriter.

Tarek Bouraque

A filmmaker, journalist, and educator whose projects focus on social justice, migration, and First Nation rights and identities. His films have screened at the DOC Film Institute in San Francisco, Rory Peck Trust Awards in London, Anthology Film Archives in New York, Academy of Film/HKBU in Hong Kong, and other venues. As a journalist, Bouraque directs and produces for international media outlets including Al Jazeera English, AJ+, AFP, and National Geographic. Since 2016, he has taught emerging media, film, and documentary production at Juilliard School, Hunter College, York College, Downtown Community Television Center, New York Film Academy, and Educational Video Center. He is the founder of Global Fronteras Films, a production company, and film laboratory. Bouraque holds an MFA in integrated media arts from Hunter College.

Yasmine Bouchfar

Is a writer, journalist, film critic and screenwriter. In 2021, she is President of the Jury of the African Critics Prize - Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, alongside Mireille Bambara (Burkina Faso) and Souley Moutari (Niger), at the 27th Fespaco (Ouaga). Yasmine Bouchfar was trained at the Higher Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat, where she obtained a Master's degree in Media and Migrations. Passionate about the world of cinema, young critic and screenwriter, she won the grand prize for film criticism at the Tasmit Film Critics' Festival in Beni Méllal, in 2017. Currently, she is a member of the Moroccan association of film critics. Cinema and the African Federation of Film Critics (FACC).In the associative context, she is a founding member of the BADRE association for people with cancer in Sidi Kacem. Yasmine Bouchfar is also part of the network of Moroccan journalists specializing in migration.