Itab Azzam is a London-based Syrian filmmaker. She recently won a BAFTA for her work producing the BBC Two series 'Exodus: Our Journey to Europe', also a winner of a British Broadcast award and a Liberty Human Rights award. She has extensive television experience including the BBC’s 'Syrian School'; the series East West; and 'Bizarre Foods: Syria' for the Travel Channel.  She produced the award-nominated theatre piece Antigone of Syria, is a director and producer of the film 'We Are Not Princesses'. She co-founded Sabbara, a social enterprise empowering women through economic employment and psychological support, and also co-founded the Open Art Foundation, an arts charity that works with marginalised communities around the world. Her highly acclaimed cookery book Syria: Recipes from Home was released in the UK and US in 2017. 





Hal began his career as a film actor in Los Angeles and New York in the 1990s. He settled in the UK in 2010 and began working as assistant producer at The Tricycle Theatre in London. Soon after leaving the Tricycle, Hal acted in and executive produced the film 'The Show'. In 2013 he co-produced 'Syria: Trojan Women' in Jordan and in 2014 he co-founded the Open Art Foundation, a UK-based charity and the organisation behind the internationally-acclaimed theatre project in Beirut, Lebanon, 'Antigone of Syria'. The film that was made during that time, 'We Are Not Princesses', is currently in post-production. He recently assistant directed 'All the President's Men' in the West End and on Broadway, a verbatim theatre piece on the senate confirmation hearings of Trump's cabinet.  



Bridgette is an artist and filmmaker strongly committed to using art for social change who has lived and worked in the Middle East for over 12 years.  Covering the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya as well as the refugee crisis as a result of the war in Syria through photography and video, Bridgette sought out intimate stories to raise complex questions about sensitive issues. Credits include: The Guardian, New York Times, Die Zeit and short film This is not me هاد مو أنا: Enduring Syria’s War. She has a degree in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a Master of Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Bridgette filmed and is directing her first feature, 'We Are Not Princesses', currently in post-production.  She was a 2016 National MediaMaker Fellow at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) and is currently a fellow at IFP’s 2017 Doc Labs.

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Sara Maamouri


Sara Maamouri is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has explored a diverse range of topics for over 15 years. Her work has touched on social, educational and political issues, from former enemies bound together through loss and discovery (In This Waiting, 2011) to rebuilding a life in a former war zone (Amal's Garden, 2012) and reinventing a country as the world watches (A Revolution in Four Seasons, Hot Docs 2016). Most recently, she edited and co-produced The Judge (directed by Erika Cohn) which premiered at TIFF in 2017. A multi-lingual Tunisian educated in New York and California, Maamouri brings international sensitivity to her editing, production and story development, while building transmedia narratives to enhance and further engage a constantly evolving audience base.

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Animation Studio

Nørlum develops and produces original stories in diverse worlds through animated feature films and other media.  We work with international partners, both as producers and co-producers, and our focus is on high story and artistic quality.  Our co-productions of the Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ and the recent award-winning ‘Longway North’ set the stage for the kind of projects we will continue to realize while expanding our vision and reach.  While we are passionate about producing high-caliber family entertainment for the international market, we are equally committed to engaging locally, working with talent in our area.  Nørlum also believes in community engagement outside our industry, using our skills to benefit others.  Our charity initiative, Team Generous, donates short animated films and other creative works to charitable causes, including Save the Children, Medics Without Borders, World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity, and the Danish Children’s Foundation. We plan to continue growing and expanding Team Generous to make a greater impact.

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