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ADVISORY BOARD

ABOUT US

Ola SALWA

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

POLAND

Ola Salwa is a Polish film journalist, a critic and a programmer with over 15 years of a professional experience. She has worked with leading Polish weeklies (‘Przekroj”, “Polityka”, “Wprost”, “Newsweek”) and monthlies (“Film”, “Kino”, “Elle”). She is a co-founder and an editor-in-chief of “Polish Film Magazine”, an English-language publication covering Polish filmm, a head of Polish section at the older Polish film monthly “Kino” and Polish correspondent at Cineuropa.org. Ola Salwa served as a FIPRESCI jury member a Toronto, Thessaloniki, Vienna and Warsaw film festivals, among others. She works as a programmer and industry co-ordinator at Transatlantyk IFF, one of top Polish Film Festivals, and is a Polish Film Institute expert.

Hady ZACCAK

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

LEBANON

Hady Zaccak is a Lebanese award-winning filmmaker and a professor at IESAV film School-Saint-Joseph University, Beirut. He is the author of more than 20 documentaries. His selective filmography includes: “Ya Omri” (“104 wrinkles”) (Jury Award Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden, 2017), “Kamal Joumblatt, Witness and Martyr” (Francophone Trophy for the best documentary 2016), "Marcedes" (FIPRESCI Award (the International Federation of Film Critics)-Dubai International Film Festival 2011), "A History Lesson" (1st prize at the Arab Film Festival-Rotterdam 2010)… In 1997, he wrote a book in French about the history of Lebanese cinema: “Le Cinéma Libanais, itinéraire d’un cinéma vers l’inconnu (1929-1996)”.

EGYPT

Egyptian film critic, programmer and script supervisor, Writes constantly since 2009. Publishing weekly articles in "Al Kahera" newspaper and "Filfan" website, beside various contributions in different prints and websites including "Goethe Institute Magazine", “Elcinema.com” and others. He published six books about Egyptian cinema: "Conversations with Daoud Abdel Sayed", "Taboo in Egyptian 80s Generation Cinema", "Helmy Halim.. A Story From Egypt", "Conversations with Yousry Nasrallah", "Khairy Beshara: A Long Film about Life" and lately “Egyptian Cinema after 2011 Revolt”. He is currently the artistic director of Cairo International film festival. He is also the secretary general of Egyptian film critics association (EFCA), a board member of the international federation of film critics (FIPRESCI), vice president of the African film critics federation (FACC) and a programming team member of Malmo, Mumbai and Tripoli film festivals. He acted as jury in many festivals including Locarno, Malmo, Shanghai, Eurasia, Transilvania, Macao, Oran, Tetouan, Original Narrative, Luxor, Tripoli, Muscat and Rotterdam Arab film festival.

ADVISORY BOARD COORDINATOR

Elias KHLAT

A producer and filmmaker, born in Tripoli Lebanon, in 1965, Elias Khlat introduced himself to the advertising and media field after studying Advertising Design. With Eklat, his signature name, he took on creative design, animation and post-production projects before settling into a fully-grown production house that specializes in corporate and documentary films. Committed to repositioning Tripoli on Lebanon’s cultural scene, Khlat is involved in various civil initiatives organizing social and cultural events, empowering the youth, and fighting for the preservation of the city’s cultural heritage. In 2013, he founded Tripoli Film Festival bringing international films and guests to a city recovering from the wounds of war. During the past years, Khlat was a member of several film festival juries, and he had organized many events related to cinema in Lebanon and abroad.

Tripoli Online Film Festival - TOFF is an international online film competition organized twice a year during April and October part of the “Tripoli Film Festival” all year long activities program. The festival covers only short films for now in 4 categories: Narrative, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. An Audience Award applies through online voting.

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

LEBANON

Ahmed SHAWKY

Leila BOURDOUKAN

BRAZIL

Leila Bourdoukan is a journalist and cultural producer with over 20 years of experience in creative industries in Brazil, mainly an independent consultant for distribution companies in film promotion and releases. Between 1999 and 2016, she worked for “Espaço Itaú de Cinema and Espaço Filmes” distribution company managing special projects. From May 2017 to May 2018, she worked as Executive Manager for “Cinema do Brasil” promoting Brazilian cinema abroad. In July 2018, with her partners, Patricia and Ana Durães created “Dito Agência de Cinema” aiming to work for films in Brazilian theaters in an alternative way, mainly with educators. Since February 2020, she became the International Partnerships and Promotion Coordinator at “Spcine”, São Paulo city's film and audiovisual agency responsible for the development, financing, and implementation of programs and policies for the film, TV, games, and new media sectors.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Franck MERENDA

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

FRANCE

Franck Merenda was only eighteen years old when he first entered the film industry, he was inspired by his father, Victor Merenda who was a filmmaker during the golden age of American and Italian cinema. Born in Cannes he moved to Los Angeles where he took part in the UCLA Cinematography programs. From assistant director to producer and director, he worked with high profile directors such as Terence Young, Costa Gavras, John Frankenheimer, Josè Giovanni, Andy Tennant, among others. He also collaborated with significant production companies and spent the last 10 years between France and the Middle East. Currently in development of a feature documentary « On the Trail of Yamilé » between France and Tripoli (Lebanon), he is also finalizing the writing of two feature films: « Wassat » story set in Tripoli and « Catalina, Star Breeze » set in Morocco and Colombia.