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As a script consultant, he has been connected with many programs, labs and institutes including TorinoFilmLab, Full Circle Lab, Doha Film Institute, The Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, International Marrakesh Film Festival Atlas Workshop and The Royal Film Commission of Jordan. He consults privately on films and leads several international script development workshops and masterclasses. In 2016, he implemented MAHD Film Lab, a Cairo-based script development programme open to filmmakers working on Arab film projects and Arab-European co-production. He runs also Dahshur Genre Script Development Residency, an Egyptian screenwriting residency dedicated for developing genre film projects.
El Amir has an MFA degree in filmmaking with a double major in both film production and screenwriting. In 2013, he collaborated with USC (University of South California) School of Cinematic Arts to establish the first film production program of its kind in Saudi Arabia’s all-female Effat University.
Ayman El Amir, is an Egyptian film producer and script consultant. As a producer, his work includes the short fiction, FAKH, selected for the official competitions of Semaine de la Critique at Cannes Film Festival and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) 2019 and the feature documentary HAPPILY EVER AFTER, which premiered at IDFA 2016. He works through his Cairo-based production company, Felucca Films, to help filmmakers explore and shape their own personal voices and to produce unique and original fiction and documentary films, with a special focus on fresh and new talents and contemporary social issues. He is an alumnus of EAVE Producer’s Workshop 2019.
Sam Soko, Is an award-winning director, producer and editor based in Nairobi, Kenya. With his captivating approach to socio-political storytelling, he has developed content and collaborated with firebrand artists from around the world. He is co-founder of LBx Africa, a Kenyan production company that works with both local and international filmmakers to bring uniquely African perspectives to global audiences. LBx Africa service produced the 2018 Academy Award–nominated short fiction film Watu Wote.
His first feature documentary project Softie, a story about balancing the deep love of country with the needs of family, premiered at the 2020 Sundance film festival,
winning a special jury prize for editing. His satirical radio play“The New Bwana”, was produced and aired by BBC 4. His work also includes additional editing in the feature documentary ‘I am Samuel” directed by Pete Murimi and story led music videos with activists in East Africa and Grammy nominated musician Aloe Blacc. He is an outspoken defender of freedom of expression and has taken part in global conversations on how to make media matter when the world is on fire.
Myriam Sassine, She majored in audiovisual studies and received an M.A. in Cinema Research. In 2010, she joined About Productions producing several features and documentaries such as Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourjian (Cannes Critic’s Week 2016), All This Victory by Ahmad Ghossein (Venice Critic’s Week 2019), 1982 by Oualid Mouaness (TIFF 2019), Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno 2017) and Amal by Mohamed Siam (Idfa 2017). Since 2016, Myriam is also the COO of Schortcut Films where she’s dedicated to co-producing international films and the Executive Director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, which she co-founded.