Director/Writer: Abdulla Al Kaabi
Abdulla Al Kaabi is an Emirati filmmaker. While still studying, Abdulla became a lead presenter on Dubai TV. He continued at this post for the next four years gaining valuable hands-on experience on production. Knowing that he always wanted to be in the Director’s seat, Abdulla moved to Paris in 2009 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Filmmaking at the Ecole Internationale de Creation Audiovisuelle et de Realisation.
Following his Masters Degree, Abdulla pursued a career in filmmaking where he directed his first award-winning short film, The Philosopher with famed French actor Jean Reno. His last short film, Koshk won 2 prizes at the ADFF 2014 edition and is still touring the festivals.
Executive Producer: Farshad Mahoutforoush
Farshad Mahoutforoush is a Canadian/Iranian art collector. He heads a group of restaurants in Tehran, which he decorates and rotates his collection on the walls supporting and promoting the arts. He has been credited for launching the careers of Farhad Moshiri, one of the most popular living Middle Eastern contemporary artists amongst others. He has placed his mark in Iran as a visionary and is now experimenting with film production as an art form.
Producer: Kambiz Safari
Born in 1971 in Iran, Kambiz Saffari educated in Chemistry in Tehran, Iran in 1998. He started his education in photography at Sooreh University in Tehran, Iran in 2000. His focuses in those years were to develop his abilities in editing. he founded an editing office with Bahman Kiarostami in 2002 and since then he has been working as a film editor and director on numerous short and long documentaries films until now.
Story Editors: Dunia Ayaso & Felix Sabroso
Félix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso are screenwriters and filmmakers from the Canaries. They began their career in a theater company, after studying between Las Palmas, Madrid and New York (New School for Social Research). They began to write and direct films as a duo . Their films: Forgive me darling but Lucas loved me, Shout Out, Chill Out, The Naked Years and The inner island, have been commercially distributed internationally as well as participating in numerous festivals around the world (New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Brussels, Paris & Rome) where they received numerous awards and acco- lades from critics and viewers. Two of their most acclaimed works in film and television have been produced by the Almodóvar brothers (El Deseo) including the TV series Women. They have also written and directed several theatrical productions that have been commercially released in Spain (The sinking of the Titanic, other women, who was the sister Sue?, The Great Depression, the waist down and lift).
Cinematogrpaher: Peyman Shadmanfar
Peyman is a young Iranian cinematogropher. He is credited with working with famed filmmakers Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi. His last film, Blue Sky won best cinematography in the Fajr Film Festival in 2013 and is currently touring the festivals internationally.
Music: Peyman Yazdanian
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He has collaborated in a number of Iranian featured films with internationally well-known masters like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi , Kamal Tabrizi, Khosro Masumi, Masood Kimiai and Asghar Farhadi.
As he works with foreign film filmmakers, he has numbers of foreign featured films in his work list like “Mystery”(2012-France,China) by Lou Ye (won the 49th Golden Horse in Taiwan for the best film music), “Love & Bruises”(2011-France,Hong-Kong) by Lou Ye, “Buddha Mountain” (2010-China) by Li Yu, “Spring Fever” (2009-China,France) by Lou Ye (won the first prize for the best screenplay in Official selection in Cannes film festival 2009 and the 47th Golden Horse in Taiwan first prize for the best original music), “Lost in Beijing” (2007-China) by Li Yu, “Summer Palace” (2006-China, France) by Lou Ye (Official selection In the Competition, Cannes film film festival 2006), “Full Metal Village” (2006-Germany) by Sung-Hyung Cho, “La Fine del Mare” (2005-Germany, France,Italy) by Nora Hoppe, “Man Push Cart” (2005-USA), “Forbidden Chapter” (2004-Italy, France).
Color Grading: Bart Verraest
Bart Verraest is currently working on several film projects as a freelance film colorist across Europe. Early on he developed a passion for visual arts which he expressed as a photographer, graphic designer, cameraman, editor, digital artist and finally colorist. His passion for cinema has brought him to the world of film making. In 2005 he studied the art of cinematography in Munich under the guidance of international lighting directors and cinematographers and with his background in digital postproduction he has since moved on to become a film colorist. He likes to work with inspired directors and cinematographers and enjoys the organic process of realising the look of a film with them.