DYANA GAYE (Senegal / France)


Dyana Gaye is a Franco-Senegalese director. In 2006, her film Deweneti received the Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival and was nominated for the 2008 César for best short film. In 2009, she directed Un transport en commun, a critically acclaimed musical, selected among others at Locarno, Sundance and Toronto (new nomination for the 2011 César for best short film). In 2014, her first feature film, Des étoiles, received the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the Premiers Plans Angers Festival, as well as the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 JCC. She is currently developing her next feature film entitled Studio Kébé.



Nidhal Chatta is known for “No Man’s Love”, “The Last Mirage”, “Zero “ and “Mustafa Z” (full length features) as producer and director. He is a former Loughborough University of Technology graduate (United Kingdom). He attended John Strasberg’s Acting Classes for Directors in Paris. Nidhal Chatta also acted as Executive Producer on BBC’s British police drama « Between The Lines», BBC’s TV film “All for the Love of You” and was the Line Producer on “Nine Miles Down” a US feature produced by Seven Arts Pictures. Nidhal is known as a teacher of cinematography and is running an Acting Master Class workshop in Carthage, Tunisia.

Ziad Hamzeh (USA)

Ziad Hamzeh

Ziad’s body of work as a director, producer and writer has earned over fifty international ‎awards including two Golden Palms, Black Pearl, Medal of Honor, American Film Institute ‎and much more. His credits include Executive producer on Forbidden Womanhood and ‎Dreams I Never Had with Malcolm McDowell. He directed and produced Irrefutable ‎Proof that swept the Beverly Hills Film Festival earning three highest awards. Ziad's ‎Academy Award qualifying documentary The Letter: An American Town and the Somali ‎Invasion premiered at AFI has won numerous awards and accolades.Currently in ‎development is Ziad's feature film Willow based on Christine Handy’s best-selling book Walk ‎Beside Me. Ziad teaches advanced and graduate classes in filmmaking and photography at ‎Lesley University and Emerson College. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America ‎serving on the diversity committee.‎