Mohamed Moe Sabbah Beirut-based director Mohamed Moe Sabbah studied filmmaking at the ALBA institute, where he received a BA in 2011 and an MA in 2014. His short films received international attention and even an invitation to the Short Film Corner in Cannes in 2012. Sabbah was a guest of the International Class (ICLA) of the Film Academy Ludwigsburg in Germany to work on the script development for his first feature length film, Chronic . IQMF 2017 is proud to showcase the film – a remarkable story of loss – as a part of its official selection. Mohamed Sabbah has also been working as assistant director and director on TV commercials, campaigns and music videos.
Tamara Shogaolu Tamara Shogaolu has worked in film and media in the Middle East, United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Her work has been featured at film festivals, galleries, and museums in the US and internationally, such as the National Gallery of Indonesia, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and others. She was a Fulbright scholar in Egypt, where she co-organized the first Cairo Refugee Film Festival. Her latest animated short, HALF A LIFE, film is currently shortlisted for a 2017 Iris Prize. In addition to placing in other competitive writing competitions, she was a 2014 Academy Nicholls Fellowship Semifinalist. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she was a Burton Lewis Endowed Scholar for Directing. She is based in Amsterdam where she is a member of the virtual reality incubator VRBASE.