International & National Documentary Film
Carolyn Mcdonald (Producer )
Carolyn Mcdonald started From grassroots community projects & podcasts, and now she is an awardwinning network TV film & documentary director. She studied at New York University’s Dramatic Writing/Film Program. she was involved in various stages of development & production on such films as (THE HANDMAID’S TALE), (MISSISSIPPI MASALA) and (Once Around).
coproduced the critically acclaimed Western BUFFALO SOLDIERS, and executive produced AMERICA’S DREAM. As a filmmaker, Carolyn produced, co-wrote and directed the short film P.N.O.K. She has also produced and directed a number of short documentaries.
( writer / director )
RHYS GRAHAM ( Filmmaker and writer )
Ghassan Abdallah (Filmmaker )
Graduated with an MA degree from the Northern Film School in Leeds – England.
He has directed many films and TV drama series such as the epic “Khalid ibn Al Waleed” and “Road Map”. Ghassan has also taught filmmaking during the last fifteen years on the prestigious MA course at the Northern Film School in England and in many other colleges in the Middle-East.
Regular participant in festivals as juror or lecturer.
Rachel ( Actress )
International & National Documentary Film
Rachel ( Actress )
Gulbara Tolomushova ( Film Critic )
FIPRESCI and NETPAC member.Her reviews and articles are publishing at two newspapers “Evening Bishkek” & “New Faces” in Kyrgyzstan and also at the online journal Kinokultura.com editing by Prof. Birgit Beumers (Great Britain). Editor of two websites: www.kyrgyzcinema.com & www.kyrgyzgoskino.org. Author of numerous publications on Kyrgyz cinema. Author of the book about Women in the Kyrgyz cinema (2017)Author of monograph «Territory Kinostan: Kyrgyz cinema in the persons», Bishkek, 2009.Author of article “Kyrgyz cinema at the junction of the epochs (1988-1993) loss of a supporting point during the age of changes and the consequent finding of new hope» in the compilation, published by the IFF in Busan, 2013, “The Unknown New Wave of Central Asian Cinema”.
Said Mahmoud ( Scriptwriter )
Theater graduate, The French Cultural Center in Damascus.
He has done many courses and workshops specialized in theatrical writing, and writing cinema and television scripts.
He has participated in many creative experiences- as a writer and translator- in Syria, Arabic countries, Kurdistan of Iraq and Europe. 2001 – 2002 a writer and a translator in many theaters play that were represented in the French Cultural Center in Damascus. A journalist and translator in many Syrian and Arabic newspapers.
2005 – 2009 a translator of cinema films, Syrian Television.
A script writer in Syrian drama, adding some Egyptian and Gulf works.
2012, 2013 a script writer in MERG Company for television and documentary production, Erbil.A script writer in GIZ German Organization, he has accomplished 6 promotional films with them, showed on Kurdish and Arabic channels in Iraq
Takayuki Yoshida’s ( Director )
Hassan Naghashi ( Director and producer )
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
Dilshad Mustafa ( Ph.D. in Media Practice )
Dilshad Mustafa was born February 18th 1971 in Sulaymaniyah/Iraq, he received Bachelor degree in Theatre on Oct 1988_June1992 College of Art • Baghdad
University, in 2003 United State Department of State; Diploma in International Visitor
Program. In 2003 United State Telecommunication Training Institute Diploma in Media Broadcasting. In 2009 University of Wales, Newport, Master degree in Film. 2015 University of Salford, UK, PhD in Media practice. Cinematizing Kurdish Genocide on Oct • 1992April 2004 Sulaymaniyah College of Art Head of Theater Department. Teaching Performance and Criticism, Supervising last year student practical project- ed. April 2004_December 2006. Ministry of Culture Kurdistan Iraq. General Director Assistance. Super- vising Media department and Film production. 2010 present University of Sulaymaniyah Lecturer un the School of Art. In 1996 • 1992 PUK TV Sulaymaniyah Program maker./amoteam_text]
Reza Dormishian ( scriptwriter & Filmmaker )
he’s also been credited as a scriptwriter for some films and TV productions.
Reza Dormishian started making short films since 2002 and •Hatred• (2012) was his first feature
film, fully produced independently in Istanbul and screened at many international events around the world like Montreal and Warsaw. •I’m not Angry!• (2014) was his second feature film which turned to be very controversial at home and had its world premiere at Berlinale’s Panorama section and one of most success- ful Iranian films in world festivals in 2014 & 2015 in more than 50 festivals and collecting 10 awards.
Mr. Dormishian’s third movie •Lantouri• (2016) was premiered at Berlinale’s Panorama section too and so far screened in 50 festivals and collected 6 international awards. •White Chairs• (2017) is his fourth feature film, fully made in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Sahim Omar Kalifa
Sahim Omar Kalifa( Filmmaker )
96 international awards with his short films Land of the Heroes, Baghdad Messi, and
Bad Hunter. The biggest achievements so far are: A-Jury Prize as Best Short film for ‘Land of the heroes’ at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival – Generation. B- ‘Baghdad Messi’ was shortlisted for the 87th Academy awards, the Oscars. It was one of the 10 finalists. C- ‘Bad Hunter’ was also shortlisted for the 88th Academy awards, the Oscars.
‘Bad Hunter’ won also several international Awards at some important film festivals, like Jury Award at 59th Valladolid, 38th Montreal World, Dubai IFF and Flickerfest International Film Festival. 2014, Sahim was chosen in Istanbul as Best Kurdish film director. In 2016 Sahim became a member of the Academy Awards ‘The Oscars’. He can vote for the Oscar awards  Summer 2016, Sahim had filmed his debut film ‘Zagros’ which has been supported by Vlaams Audiovis- ueel Fonds (VAF), Dutch Film Fund and Eurimages.
NATIONAL SHORT FILM
Akram Sulayman(Actor and Director)
Shahryari Asadi ( cinematographer )
as assistant and then as cinematographer with Mahmoud Kalari, who himself
has been cinematographer of more than forty•five films. From 2000 onwards, Assadi has worked
as a professional cinematographer. Some of his important works are Turtles Can Fly by Bahman Ghobadi (2004), for which Assadi was nominated for the Golden Frog at the Camera Image film festival. The film won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale, the audience award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and Best Film at the San Sebas•an Film Festval. Fron•er Blues by Babak Jalali (2009), which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Gijon Film Festival, the FIPRESCI prize at the San Francisco Film Festival, and which played at the New Directors/New Films, Edinburgh, Stockholm Festivals• He was also cinematographer of Two Angels by Mamad Haghighat (2006), Earring by Vahid Moussaian (2007), and One to One by Mania Akbari 2010.
Mahmoud al-Jumni ( Critic )
-A Member of African Federal (FACC) for cinema critics.
– A member of International committee (FIPRESCI) for cinema criticism. – A member of (Al-Taib Al- Wahishy) cinema club in Qabis.
– Head of International Festival for Arabic Films in Qabis.
Researches and Publications:
– A book named Quarante ans de cinéma tunisien : regards croisés (Forty Years of Tunisian Cinema: disrupted visions) in French language, 2006.
As a cinema critic:
– Participant as a jury in many Festivals such as : Dubai Festival, Al-Qahira Festival, Locarno Film Festi- val, Arabic Film Festival in France, and Al-Aqsar Festival.
– Participant in (The Round Table) activities in Dubai Festival about (Disruption in Arabic Cinema). – Coordinator of many meetings for cinema especially in Tunisia and Morocco city.
INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL ANIMATION FILM
•After finishing university, I was hired as a specialist in design at visual arts department
the Institute of Fine Arts/ Sulaimani.
•I travelled to Jordan in 1991.
•On special demand of The King Husain, I painted some portraits of the king •his family and relatives. •I was working as a caricature artist in the monthly journal of Iraqi Opposition.
•I painted the outside walls of the (Hope) children hospital for cancer with cartoon images.
•I went to Canada in 2001. After receiving higher diploma in Video Game Design, which was the highest
certificate of that field in 2008, Canada. After that I established my own company named Hiwa Art, and designed three video games for Apple and Android mobile phones.
• I was selected Jury President for selecting animation films at the second International Film Festival/ Sulaimani.
•Now my company is working on an animation with The National film Board in Canada to be made into a video game later on.
Ranjdar Abdalla ( Art Director )
2012-2008 Bachelor degree in Fine Arts College of Fine Arts, Sulaymaniyah
2007-2002 Diploma degree in painting (Fine Arts) Institute of Fine Arts, Sulaymaniyah 2007-2005 Art Teacher Kurdistan Save the Children Organization, Sulaymaniyah, Teaching
Sculpting Art. – Opening exhibitions for the Children’s art work. – Archiving all children’s
2015-2010 Background Designer and 3D Modeler Plus Million Company Advertising, 3D Modeling-Texturing-
lighting, Directing & Art directing, 3D character sounds (Ahol, Qaitul, aziz)
2017-2012 Art Teacher at Sarchya high school Sulaimani, Teaching students to make art works and to understand
art, Helping to arrange exhibitions, Current job, Animator- Art Director and Designer at Mina Animation- Sulaimaniyah.
Hazhar Mohammed ( Art Director )
specialized field made the gate of the art world open to me. That persuaded me to organize a
studio for printmaking at the (Kurdistan Save the Children Organization). As an art teacher I could continue with teaching children for almost two years, and study until I achieved Diploma degree as a first student.
My curiosity and desire to art made me to think about joining university as well, to get more knowledge about other fields of art, and finally I decided to study ceramics art. This art gave me too much pleasure, because expe- riencing and dealing with clay to form and embody artworks three-dimensionally made another path to producing artwork. My experience as a printmaker influenced and reflected on my new art experience (Ceramics).
Animation films and video games as sources of inspirations enhanced the outcome of my art practice, and pushed me to establish my own style. Alongside with studying art, I also intended to make digital art to design the model
of my artworks before they are being executed. Going through the variety of artistic experiences made me not to be bored with art making, and at the end I finished university successfully and achieved Bachelor degree as a first student.
NATIONAL STUDENT FILM
Fazil Qassab ( ACTOR )
In 1970 he became a member of the Sulaimani Theater Group.
1971 Graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts Baghdad, Theater Department.
He worked as a director of a number of plays and participated in several plays and
dramas as an actor and decorator.
He was the editor-in-chief of some local magazines and newspapers.
Shwan Attoof Baba
Shwan Attoof Baba ( ACTOR & DIRECTOR )
writer , actor and director (theater and cinema)
owner of 25 thearters as actor
owner of 4 theaters as director
owner of 6 thearts as writer
owner of 12 long movie as actor
owner of 6 short movie as actor
owner of 2 short movie as writer and director
owner of 1 drama as actor
winner of 24 internotianl and local prize
joining 50 international and local festival
member of administrator theraters independet group in sulaimanya member of administator cinema kurdistan group
founder of law of cinema in kurdistan
owner of some writings and cinema and theaters.
Ahmad Mahmoud ( EDITOR )
In The mid-90s, he started working in the Kurdish TV. Channel s, he worked as
an editor and director in some famous channels such as GK TV, Khak TV, Kurdsat and NRT TV Channel.
In the field of Cinema, he participated in montage and post production works of the some feature films and short films such as (A Burnt Heaven, Agony of a Nation).
Ahmed participated in many International and national Festivals, among them are Can, Figra, Fajr Festi- val and some Arabic festivals. He won many awards for editing and directing.
He also directed some documentaries such as Omed, Hapsa and Tara Jaff. Some of which had participat- ed in Figra, Al-Jazeera Documentary.