Dr Pete Rive has worked in the Film and Television industry for thirty years. He founded Auckland-based post-production facility, The Original Cut, in 1993, and the production company, Two Dragons Entertainment in 2010. Prior to this, Pete freelanced and worked for TVNZ, South Pacific Pictures and Screentime Communicado.
He is the former Chairman and President of Film Auckland, and the current Deputy Chair. He is the former Co-Chairman of the Auckland Screen and Digital Content Strategy, and the Chairman of Auckland University of Technology, CoLab Advisory Board. He recently stepped down as President of the Chinese production company, Mili Pictures Worldwide, with offices in Shanghai, Suzhou, and Los Angeles.
He was Executive Producer on their first animated feature film, Dragon Nest. Pete has led four delegations of New Zealand filmmakers to China. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Producers Network, APN.
Pete has a BA in English and Politics from Auckland University in New Zealand; an MA(hons) in Political Studies, a Post- graduate Diploma in Broadcast Communications; and a PhD in Digital Design.
Sam Lahoud is a scriptwriter, a director, a producer and a script consultant. He has written, directed and produced theater plays, short films, Documentaries and PSA’s. Lately finished his first independent feature film as a producer “Waynon” (Void). The Film was in Official Selection at the Dubai International Film Festival 2013, Nominated for the Golden Arab Muhr Award. And it was awarded the Best Feature Film at the Silk Road Film Festival 2014 in Dublin, Special Jury Award in Alexandria Film Festival in Egypt, Best Screenplay at Malmo Arab Film Festival, and Best Actress for Diamand Abou Abboud at Dakhla International Film Festival – Morocco. Currently working on producing his second feature film project, a co-production between Lebanon, Germany and Ireland.
He is currently the Director of Communication Strategy at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU), where he served as chairperson of the Department of Media Studies from 2012 till 2014 and founded and headed of Division of Audio Visual Arts from 2006 until 2011.
He is the founder and director of the NDU International Film Festival, a founding member of the Emile Chahine Foundation for Cinema Culture, and of Film Festivals Cinergy; Board Member at the Silk Road Film Festival – Dublin, Ireland, previous board member at Monaco Charity Film Festival – Monaco from 2008 till 2012; serves as jury member in various local and international film festivals.
He holds a MA in Media Studies – Electronic Journalism and Public Relations from NDU, a MA in Scriptwriting from Université Saint Joseph (IESAV) and a BA in Communication Arts, Radio, Television and Film from NDU.
Mr. Lahoud has organized, participated and presented workshops and seminars on film, directing, acting, scriptwriting and sacred drama. Since 1996 he taught music, photography, and arts education. He currently teaches courses in scriptwriting, directing actors, directing techniques, and media laws and ethics.
Biography Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey is an Associate Professor of French in Trinity College Dublin.
She has a BA in French and Italian and a doctorate in French from the University of Hull and an M.A. (jure officii) from Trinity. Before taking up her post in the French Department in Trinity in 1996, she taught at Paris IV (La Sorbonne), the University of St Andrews, and the University of Wales, Swansea. Dr Alyn Stacey is the Founding Director of Trinity’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She has sat on the Executive Councils of two major learned societies, ‘French Studies’ and ‘Renaissance Studies’. She was Associate Editor of the journal of Renaissance Studies (1997-2007), is Chief Editor of the series ‘Medieval and Renaissance Court Culture’ (Peter Lang) and is a member of the Editorial Board of
H-France. In recognition of her research she was appointed to College Fellowship in 2004 and awarded membership of the Académie de Savoie in 2005.
Dr Alyn Stacey’s primary field of research is the French Renaissance but her research extends beyond to Franco-Irish relations, notably Ireland’s role in World War Two,
Franco-Irish sporting history, France and Ireland in the Seventeenth century, and contemporary French women’s writing.
Dr Alyn Stacey has a keen interest in film and established it as a discipline in Trinity’s French Department. She has a particular interest in historical film and its mediation of experience and historical perspective. For this reason a number of the guest speakers to the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies have been film directors (Daniel Vigne, director of Le Retour de Martin Guerre; Murray Grigor; Hamid Shams). An active promoter of public education, Dr Alyn Stacey has, over the years, pioneered a number of film Outreach Programmes in Trinity aimed at the general public. One of her latest Outreach projects, ‘Women in Film’, is a cross-faculty collaboration with WISER (Women in Science and Engineering) and this is
now in its second year.
Biography Khashayar Mamoodabadi was born in Esfahan, Iran in 1978. He is a director and writer and has a BA in Filmmaking from IOWHE University and also studied at Esfahan Cinema School, Iran & IAFT for advanced filmmaking in Cebu, Philippines. He directed several short films and documentaries, that were nominated & awarded at national & international festivals around the world.
He is the owner & director of Filmsaz Film School based in Esfahan, Iran and he is the head of foreign affairs of Sepehr Art University. Khashayar is currently director/founder of the First National Art and Heritage Film Festival 2015 in Esfahan, Iran. Currently working on his first feature film.
Biography Alaa is a renowned Film Analyst and an influential professional within the cinema and entertainment industry in the Arab world for his efforts in assembling complete archives on the economics of filmmaking. His expertise in cinema analysis has provided him with many opportunities to participate in various panels and juries in film festivals worldwide.
He established three cinema magazines during the first ten years in the 21st century. He also worked in film distribution, film production and theater management. Karkouti has also acted as a publisher for many prominent publications worldwide. For 15 years he had the opportunity to cover and interview numerous movie stars in several film festivals. Moreover, Karkouti annually publishes a list of the 50 most powerful people working in the film business across the Arab world, which is the first list of its kind in the Arab world.
Biography Michael has been an active filmmaker, producer, film archivist and curator in the international Film and TV industry for more than 10 years. Working for a variety of companies, his projects include Oscar-nominated Best Picture “Moulin Rouge” as its stills archivist and also “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. He is a self taught filmmaker since a teenager and holds a Masters in TV Drama from Goldsmiths College, University of London and attended a film preservation program at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. His previous clients include Unicef, Sony, National Arts Council of Singapore, Honda India and National LIbrary Board of Singapore. He has directed international superstar Jackie Chan for a global Unicef PSA on Avian Flu and co-founded the first Australian chapter of ACM/Siggraph in Sydney. He is also the founder of the Singapore Visual Effects and Animation group with over 2000 members.
Michael has served as a board member of the Singapore International Film Festival since 2012 and is a committee member of the Singapore Film Society where he is a Programming Manager. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of the Animation and Digital Arts MFA program at New York University Tisch Asia in Singapore from 2012-14. His short films have been screened internationally at film festivals in UK, Singapore and Australia and he has attended numerous international film festivals and conferences .
In 2015, he curated an Animation Symposium at the Art Science Museum in Singapore as part of the Dreamworks exhibition and completed two charity projects, one of which involved sarcoma cancer awareness.
He is passionate not only for cinema worldwide but also building and connecting communities that can help grow and build a greater appreciation for creative industries as a whole.
Vice President of China Film International Corp., Which is a joint venture with China Film
Shen Yang co-produced the film Black Coal Thin Ice, which won Golden Bear and Silver
Bear of Best Actor of Berlin Film Festival 2014. Furthermore, the film received 8
nominations of 51st Golden Horse Award, including Best Feature Film, Best Director,
Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress ect. Black Coal Thin Ice achieved the
boxoffice of 100 million RMB in Mainland China, and at the same time was publicly
realesed in over 30 countries and was invited by more than140 film festivals all over the
Her latest work is Kaili’s Blues won the Best Emerging Director Award in Cineasti del Presente
Competition and Special Mention in First Feature Competition at 68th Locarno International Film Festival.
Her second work is the film Nezha by young director Li Xiaofeng, selected by the New
Currents Award of 19th Busan International Film Festival, and then received two
nominations of Best New Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 51st Golden
She also is the executive producer of the film North by Northeast directed by Zhang Bing
Jian. Selected by Asian Future of 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. And received
Best Original Score and Best Photogragh of 51st Goden Horse Award.
Shen Yang is the former Deputy Program Director of Shanghai International Film
Festival. As such, she created SIFF’s Asian New Talent Award, the SIFFORUM, SIFF
Project Market and Student Shorts Award, all of which became central to the festival’s
development. 19 film projects have been developed successfully and achieved high
Shen Yang is the consultant of Asian Film Award that the event is hold by Hong Kong
Film Festival. She was a member of the nomination committee for the 55th and 56th
Asian Pacific Film Festivals; and served on the jury for the 4th Xi’an International Film
Festival. Also she has planned, written and directed a TV documentary series which,
across more than 100 episodes, introduced a century of global film history – including
Chinese film history and the history of animated films around the world.