Local Student Script Competition

Rules and Terms:
This competition is open to audiovisual students only. A proof of a student ID is required.
– The first 50 scripts received will enter the pre-selection.
– The jury is composed from Muriel Boul Rouss, Ramy Atallah and Wissam Mouawad.
– The film festival has a 0 tolerance policy to plagiarism.
– Your document (any entry) must have a cover page with the title of the project and the name of the author / the authors.
– Accepted langage are English, French and Arabic.
– Recommended Min 5 pages, max 15 pages.
– Please include a synopsis.
– The winner filmmakers/scriptwriters , will sign an agreement with the film festival and should include the logo of the film festival and its partner festival in the credits.
– The winner filmmakers/scriptwriters should credit the film festival as co-producer in all of the technical sheets and video in all of the film submissions.
– The Winner filmmakers/scriptwriters must premiere their movie locally at LIFF’s
– Movie should be released before september 2022.

The festival may cancel any submission not complying with the rules.

Muriel Aboulrouss

Muriel Aboulrouss is an award-winning cinematographer from Beirut Lebanon, Muriel has been working very selectively for the past 25 years on documentaries and feature films following her passion, exercising the art of making films. She shot “Stray Bullet” a drama from the 70’s by Georges Hashem, it won Best cinematography at Namur film festival and Best Arab film at Dubai film festival in 2010. 

“Teta Alf Marra” a biographical documentary by Mahmoud Kaabour featuring his grandmother, it won the audience award for best documentary at Doha Tribecca film festival, Docs Box Damascus festival in 2010-2011 and in London international film festival. “The shower” , a short film by Michel Kamoun, won “Best cinematography” at the Arab Screen International Awards. “Falafel” , a feature film by Michel Kamoun, won best film at Namur film festival in 2006.

Her numerous cinematography credits include award winning documentaries as well: “The oil spill”, “Lesson in History”, “Marcedes” and “Ya Omri” by Hady Zaccak;

Muriel is also the cinematographer for “Shankaboot”, the first Arab web-series produced by the BBC trust fund and Batoota films, it won Reflet d’Or for best web-series fiction at Geneva film festival 2010 and won the digital Emmy award in 2011.

As a teacher and lecturer Muriel created and led “Cine-Jam” the film lab since 2012, she relaunched the Home of Cine-Jam intuitive film lab in 2021 (previously Cine-Jam), where she conducted “Ana Beirut” a series of 9 episodes, in faith that authentic Art & intuitive cinematic portraits of emotions, will heal & empower their creators as well as their viewers.

In 2014, she debuted as a director with “Zyara – the documentary series”, produced by her own Humanitarian Arts association ‘Home of Cine-Jam’, which she set up together with Denise Jabbour. Zyara has won 45 international awards so far and a new season of 12 episodes will be produced every year. 

For Muriel, learning and teaching are the ultimate destination and the greatest act of resistance.

Ramy Atallah

After earning his Diploma in Acting and Directing from the Lebanese University in 2009, Ramy Atallah
pursued his professional career through Acting, Coaching and as a Theater Director.
His passion for acting has lead him to establish Recreation Academy in 2012, the hub for drama and
acting workshops directed towards fresh talents.
He participated in several TV series some of which are:
Iza el Ard Medawara, Liqaa, Shahroura, Mamnouu, Helwe w Kezzebeh, Khtarab el Hay, Kafaa and Bil
Aleb.
And on the big screen the movies he participated in are:
Damascus Time and C-Section
In Theater Ramy participated in many plays as:
Che Guevara, 6 and 7 Mkarrar, Shesh Besh, Shi Gharib, Kil Jemaa 3azime, Moghamarat Victoria el Aajibe
He also directed several Theater plays:
Cage a Ecureuil, Nafs el Bot, Ken Omri 13, Bhar and Meleh, Piece of Cake, Mozaic
Ramy was also well recognized for coaching several actors to play different roles and lately he
successfully coached the different actors who played the role of Georges Wassouf in the Docu-Drama
Maseerati.

Film scholar Dr. Wissam Mouawad

Wissam Mouawad is a film scholar and media professor. He holds a PhD in Arts from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is an associate researcher at the ACTE institute – Sorbonne School of the Arts. He taught at several universities in France, Lebanon and is currently based in the UAE. His research focuses on different aspects of Lebanese cinema. His works include a co-edited issue of the journal Regards – Revue des Arts du Spectacle (“Formes narratives et co-production dans les cinémas des pays arabes”, co-edited with José Moure and Elie Yazbek, 2020) and a book chapter entitled “Lebanese Cinema and the French Co-production System: The Postcard Strategy” (in Terri Ginsberg and Chris Lippard [ed], Cinema of the Arab World, 2020). He is currently working on the first monograph about Lebanese filmmaker Christian Ghazi.

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