Nour Wazzi

Director / Writer / Producer

Recently tipped as a future star on BBC's 2017 hotlist, award-winning filmmaker Nour Wazzi has worked in the industry for over 13 years collaborating on and developing features and short films. Climbing the ranks to Production Executive at Almega Projects (Execs on FOUR LIONS), Nour oversaw production on OSCAR nominee WASTE LAND (dir. Lucy Walker) and Sundance nominee THE BENGALI DETECTIVE to name a few.

Nour set up Panacea Productions in 2008 with the intention of making distinctive, thought-provoking and compelling films with strong commercial potential. She is building a slate of diverse, edge-of-seat thriller, horror and science fiction TV and film projects that are also personal, moving and speak to the human condition - intending to marry US, UK and Arab talent.

Most recently Nour directed 'Scotch Bonnet' and 'The Package' for the BBC mini-series 'The Break', available to view on BBC3. She also completed the Doha Film Institute (DFI) backed short thriller 'Baby Mine,' that she co-wrote, produced and directed, starring Alexander Siddig ('Kingdom Of Heaven') two-time Olivier nominee Rachael Stirling ('Salmon Fishing In The Yemen'), Grace Taylor ('Marcella') and Alex Ferns ('Joyeux Noel'). Nominations include Best Film at Aesthetica and Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Editing at Underwire. She is developing the feature version with support from the DFI and Filmonomics scheme with BAFTA winning screenwriter Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan - who is penning two studio films with Warner Brothers and Paramount to name a few.

Nour has produced and directed a number of award-winning shorts that have found VOD, airline and international television distribution including the Film London backed drama 'Up On The Roof' (2013) starring Maisie Williams ('Game Of Thrones'), Michael Matias ('The Bodyguard' West End Play) and Earl Cameron ('The Interpreter'), which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and was selected at over 40 festivals. She also produced and directed the feature pilot psychological thriller 'Shackled' (2012), starring Emilia Clarke ('Game Of Thrones'), and the Film London backed 'Habibti' (2010) with Hiam Abbass ('The Visitor') and Jimmy Akingbola ('Arrow'). Based on a story by OSCAR nominee Ari Folman ('Waltz With Bashir'), the lighthearted, culture clash drama received its broadcast premiere on the BBC in 2012 and was selected at over 40 festivals.

Shirine Best &
Ellie Emptage

Writers - Producers

In 2013, Shirine (Writer/ Producer) and Ellie (Writer/ Associate Producer) set up Finished Films to focus on films with an ethical slant. They’ve produced a number of shorts and promos, including RED SHOES, a short fashion film for Vivienne Westwood starring Lily Cole (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN), and JURASSIC, a short film by award-winning director Andrea Vecchiato with Sophie Wu (KICK ASS) and Morgan Watkins (KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, SUFFRAGETTE). They are currently in post-production on their first feature, a documentary about the Iconic British fashion designer and activist, Vivienne Westwood. Dogwoof are attached as the film’s international Sales Agent, and BAFTA nominated producer John Battsek of Passion Pictures (SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, THE IMPOSTER) is producing alongside Finished Films.

Shirine and Ellie both co-wrote and produced the award-winning short SHACKLED (dir. Nour Wazzi) starring Emilia Clarke (GAME OF THRONES), which is being developed into a feature. The same year they were commissioned to produce a music video for EMI musician Ben Montague (dir. Nour Wazzi). They also produced the short film ETERNAL RETURN, a gothic fairytale starring Tom Wisdom (300, PIRATE RADIO) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (MATCH POINT, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III).

Having worked in the film industry in development for 14 years, Shirine has amassed credits on over 20 features. Ellie has worked as a script analyst for companies including StudioCanal, Universal Pictures and Film 4. Ellie’s first feature length screenplay THE BOOK OF FIRES is being adapted from the Orange Prize shortlisted novel. The pair met during the production of a number of feature documentaries including the OSCAR nominated WASTE LAND and Grierson award-winning THE BENGALI DETECTIVE - where they also met director Nour Wazzi.

Kyran Speirs &
Andrew Ornitharis

Producers

Kyran and Andrew founded the award-winning production company Flat Cap Films that specialises in producing a broad range of video content from virtual reality promos/films, music videos and commercials to feature films, feature documentaries and shorts.

Flat Cap Films recently became the first company to produce one of the world’s first hybrid 2D-virtual reality films FLYSPY (www.flyspy.co.uk) which was directed by BAFTA-winning director Dan Smith featuring nanorobots designed by concept artist, Jake Lunt, who was of the main designers of the new BB-8 ball droid featured in STAR WARS VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Flat Cap Films is currently in pre-production on several feature films, two feature documentaries and an historical TV series, two of which will be shooting this year. 

Beyond the realm of drama Flat Cap Films have worked with major brands including PepsiMax, PokerStars, Red Bull, Sony and Sydney Opera House; and musicians such as Damon Albarn, Natalie Imbruglia and Caribou.

>Flat Cap Films operates out of its production offices and post-production facility in west London. 

Sami Moughrabie

Executive Producer

Sami Moughrabie is Managing Partner and Global Head of Corporate Strategy for International Trading and Construction Organisation (ITACO).

He is responsible for developing and implementing ITACO’s short term and long term global strategy across its diversified sector of Technology, Media, Commodities, Telecom and FMCG. Sami also heads up ITACO’s Private Equity and Venture Capital division focusing on growth companies globally. 

Sami is also the Chairman of Technologies Capital, the first company of its kind to specialise in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Prior to joining ITACO Sami was with Bank of America’s Hedge Fund Prime Brokerage Group. He specialized in multi asset products within the Capital Markets and Alternative Sectors as well as Global Prime Brokerage, Structured Derivatives, Capital Introductions, Risk Management, and formulating Strategic Alliances in the alternative investments space. 

Sami earned his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the President and Chairman of the Board of the University of Chicago Alumni of the Middle East. He is also on the University of Chicago Caucus Advisory Board.

Sami is passionate about investing in film, disruptive technologies and culinary expeditions. He was Executive Producer on Nour’s previous film UP ON THE ROOF. He is also the founder and chairman of the Children of The Revolution foundation that supports homeless children worldwide.

Stefan Allesch-Taylor

Executive Producer

Stefan has been a London based financier for over 25 years, specialising in start-ups, business turnarounds and strategy change and currently serves on a number of Boards. He first served as Chairman of a UK public company aged 27 and has continued to serve on boards in the UK, USA and Europe as CEO, Chairman or senior NED since that time. He has co-founded and/or served on the boards of companies in the property, industrial, medical, leisure, technology, sports, retail, agriculture, banking and financial services sectors. He also serves as a senior advisor to a number of international trusts and high profiled business leaders.

As an executive producer his credits include AFRICA UNITED, and he is an avid supporter of short films supporting ‘new talent’ directors and writers, his credits include BRICKS, NAZI BOOTS AND GHOST and has an expanding slate of both shorts and feature films.

Stefan is the Presenter of London’s Soho Radio’s ‘Stefan’s Social Experience’ breakfast show, a live one hour show interviewing the brightest and best of the UK’s social entrepreneurs.

Stefan is the Chairman and co-founder of The Afri-CAN Café Charity, a social enterprise operating in Malawi and South Africa providing employment and training to the most disadvantaged in those communities. The Afri-CAN Charity also builds ECD nurseries, provides around 200,000 free school breakfasts annually for the most vulnerable children in the townships of South Africa and runs a social venture fund focused on improving township life. He is the co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the London Rough Sleepers Committee (‘clrsc’), providing support for the homeless in Central London and is the Chairman of Pump Aid, an award winning UK based charity providing over 10% of the national rural water supplies for both Zimbabwe and Malawi combined with over 9,500 community partners serving over 1.35 million people. Stefan is the Chairman of Team Up a UK charity focusing on providing help for disadvantaged children across the UK with their GSCE’s.

Stefan was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (‘CBE’) in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to philanthropy and charity in the UK and Africa.

Omar Darwazah

Executive Producer

Omar earned a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Political Science with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2005 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Upon graduating from college, Omar worked as a consultant for Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu in Chicago, managed Investor Relations for Orascom Construction Industries in Cairo and is now a Director at OCI N.V. based in New York City. Omar also has extensive experience in private equity, specifically in early stage venture capital, having founded his own startup, Premier Foods SAE, which manages two gourmet fast food brands in Egypt. Omar is also a partner at Black Spire Partners LLC., a boutique financial advisory firm which specializes in early stage venture capital angel investing in the US and Europe.

Dominik Andrzejczuk

Executive Producer

Dominik Andrzejczuk is part of the investment team at Morado Venture Partners, a seed stage Venture Capital Firm in Silicon Valley, California. He works with early stage startups, contributing to engineering, product and business development while at the same time, contributing to the investment process. Specifically, Dominik has worked closely with global Fortune 1000 clients, building engineering teams and operating across multiple continents and time zones. As part of business development, he drove the entire sales cycle from initial introduction to refining business models through contract deployment.

He has directly interfaced with key stakeholders within these large client organizations such as American Express, Verizon, Aeon, and British Airways, driving engineering and product management to deliver on aggressive deadlines.

In addition to being a seasoned engineering lead, Dominik has a degree in Physics from Villanova University. He has direct experience in building WebService APIs, Server Clusters, Mobile Applications and Data Visualization Tools. Within Morado, Dominik leverages his engineering background to deliver a range of custom tools that the team utilizes for our portfolio management, deal flow tracking and portfolio company communication.

Collectively, these tools form a key part of our internal proprietary CRM system, tracking hundreds of investment opportunities and is used both by the AME Cloud Ventures and Morado teams as well as Morado's Corporate LP’s. He actively contributes to open source projects in order to stay ahead of the curve and to better understand current technological landscapes.

Doha Film Institute

Supported by

The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally resonant stories.

The Institute’s approach is to champion projects whose thrust is to explore, expand and cultivate authentic storytelling, with a keen interest in propelling forward contemporary work that demonstrates a deep understanding of the specific possibilities of the medium of cinema.

The Programme provides creative and financial assistance for short and feature-length projects, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari and international first- and second-time directors, as well as established MENA directors.

"Baby Mine” (previously known as 'The Trophy’) was awarded $15k short film grant in Spring 2015 – the only narrative short to be awarded in this cycle! We are incredibly grateful for their support that has now carried into the feature.

Nelson Benavides

Executive Producer

Nelson Benavides emigrated from Mexico to the U.S in 1996. A well-travelled entrepreneur, Nelson is passionate about in investing in film, modern art and the culinary arts. Nelson set up his first restaurant Pepes in Richmond, VA in 2010. He then assisted in the creation of the healthy eating restaurant and catering service Goatocado. In 2016, he set up his second restaurant Hibachi Box.

Nelson first crossed paths with Director Nour Wazzi at the New York Film Academy in 2007. He was the Executive Producer on her 2013 award-winning short UP ON THE ROOF and has continued to invest in Nour’s work.

Florence Carter

Makeup, Hair and SFX Artist

Florence has worked in the industry for over 15 years working across shorts, television and feature films. She has over 30 shorts under her belt including a collaboration with Nour on ‘Shackled’ starring Emilia Clarke (Emilia Clarke), 17 television credits including ITV’s 'Beowulf; Return to the Sheildlands' and 12 features including ’The Woman in Black’, ‘Payback Season’ and ‘Last Passenger’ starring Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II).

Antonia Lowe

Production Designer

A graduate of the NFTS, Antonia has designed a number of award-winning shorts, TV shows, commercials, music promos, and features most recently Sony Pictures’ A STREET CAR NAMED BOB starring Luke Treadaway and ITV drama's NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Antonia has also worked on various award winning TV dramas as set decorator and art director including; the BAFTA winning BROADCHURCH, BBC's POLDARK and ITV drama series SAFE HOUSE. 

Rina Yang

Director of Photography

Rina is an award-winning director of photography based in London. Since relocating from Japan in 2007, she has shot over 100 commercials, music videos and award-winning narrative shorts garnering numerous Best Cinematography awards and nominations. 

Lee Walpole

Sound Designer

BAFTA & primetime EMMY winning Sound Designer has designed OSCAR winning films including LES MISERABLES, THE KING’S SPEECH and THE IMITATION GAME. His team at BOOM post who will also be working on BABY MINE have also worked on commercial successes HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS and ATONEMENT.

Martin Ware

Casting Director

Martin has worked alongside the top Casting Directors in the UK – from the Hubbards (THE BOURNE trilogy and all the THE LORD OF THE RINGS) and most recently moving to the EMMY WINNING Nina Gold (THE MARTIAN, STAR WARS: EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS, THE KINGS SPEECH, THE DANISH GIRL, GAME OF THRONES). 

Vee Pinot

Editor

Vee has been building her career as an editor for the past 15 years. She currently works as Senior Editor at Gramercy Park Studios, part of WPP. She has collaborated with a multitude of talented directors on some of the biggest campaigns such as Vodafone, Phillips, Pantene, Kellogg’s to name a few including the award-winning BHF HARD AND FAST and BHF REAL LIFE STORIES OF THOSE SAVED. With a strong passion for storytelling, Vee has edited the features BEING NICE dir. Andy Blackburn and BLOOD RED LETTERS starring Dexter Fletcher and Sylverster McCoy, dir. Nick Tyrone. She has cut a number of short films including director Nour’s Wazzi’s films HABIBTI and UP ON THE ROOF as well as a number of shorts and features for acclaimed director Sara Sugarman (CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN) including HALLELUJAH and A CRACKED PAVED ROAD. 

David M. Saunders

Composer

David has recently scored Kevin Spacey's acclaimed film NOW: IN THE WINGS ON A WORLD STAGE, UP ON THE ROOF (GAME OF THRONES’ Maisie Williams), JOSEPH'S REEL (with Robert Hardy and Alice Lowe), BLUE BORSALINO, Mexican thriller TIERRA CALIENTE, and the most recent saga in the DC Comic world of Judge Dredd, entitled JUDGE DREDD: SUPERFIEND. In terms of commercials he has worked with the likes of Hyundai, Colgate, Chevrolet, Teflon, Nectar, Batiste and Oxfam - affording him the opportunity to score talent the likes of Emma Watson, Jeff Bridges and Sir Ian McKellen. In 2013 he scored the UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony at Wembley Stadium. Television work includes BBC programmes INFESTED! LIVING WITH PARASITES AND SEX & THE WEST, THE EXTRAORDINARY CASE OF ALEX LEWIS (Channel 4), Gavin Toomey's black comedy EXTREME. He has also written music for Stephen Fry's GADGET MAN, BENIDORM ER, TEN THINGS I HATE, LOST ROUTES with Griff Rhys-Jones and KILLERS BEHIND BARS with David Wilson to name a few.