KHALID AL MAHMOOD
Khalid Al Mahmood was born in Abu Dhabi, 1976. He graduated from the University of Denver, in Colorado USA in Mass Communications (Video/Film production). He also completed a filmmaking course from the New York Film Academy in New York City. Then he worked as a producer in the Newscenter at Abu Dhabi Media Company. Khalid made and worked on several short films. Khalid also participated in several festivals as part of the jury some of which were Sharjah Museum Film Competition 2009 and Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2013. Currently Khalid works freelance in video and film production. Also he is an assistant programmer in the Dubai International Film Festival. Khalid has been selected by Screen International as one of the ten Arab Talents to look out for in 2011.
Shahin Yazdani is an Iranian-born independent filmmaker/producer and educator. Yazdani's career began in Iran, where he worked in the film industry for a number of years. Two of his feature length scripts Istgah and Malek Khatoon were made into acclaimed films in Iran, and he later received funding from ‘Hamburger Filmbüro’ and wrote two feature length screenplays. Yazdani also contributed to the documentary Grief, Fear, Hope as the co-author/director. After moving to New Zealand in the 90s, Yazdani completed his studies in Theatre and Film, and produced and directed works such as the Bekettian Krapp’s First Video. Yazdani's projects have been showcased at film festivals, art galleries, and media related conferences, as well as in street performances internationally. His academic career spans over several years of teaching in the Department of Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Canterbury, and currently as a media professor in Applied Communications program at Sharjah Women’s College in the UAE. Yazdani has mentored and produced numerous prize winning student film projects that have received accolade in film festivals and competitions both locally and internationally.
Saeed Salmeen graduated from the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi. He has directed a number of acclaimed short films, including Bint Mariam (2008), which won both Arabic and international film awards. He was named Best Young Film Director by Digital Studio magazine in 2007 and Best Emirati Filmmaker at Dubai International Film Festival in 2008.
Also His film Sun Dress (2010) got the award for Special Jury, International Film Festival, Muscat. In addition, Saeed has been chosen as a jury in different film festivals such as Gulf Film Festival, Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival, and GCC Film Festival – Kuwait. Saeed is also the General Director of Cinematic Vision Emirati Magazine
Shoaib Iqbal is a founder and director of The Little Art, a non-profit arts education organization in Pakistan that uses the medium of art to promote positive social values through innovative learning opportunities among children and young people, specially marginalized and from low income backgrounds. Through its programs, nearly 2,00,000 children and young people has benefited in past 6 years. He founded Lahore International Children’s Film Festival, Pakistan’s largest children’s festival. Shoaib has an experience of near 14 years of working as teacher, arts manager, theater director, workshop trainer and festival director. Shoaib is the recipient of 2006 Kennedy Center Fellowship at Devos Institute of Arts Management Washington D.C. and received 2009 Endeavour Executive Award from Australian government and became a Commonwealth Fellow. He holds a post-graduate in Arts Management from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington D.C. and a diploma in International Development from Eastside Institute, New York City. Shoaib is also selected as an Asia21 Young Leader by the Asia Society, New York.