DROR MOREH - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Dror Moreh began his career as a D.O.P and became one of Israel’s leading cinematographers.
He shot a number of feature films, including:
Urban Feel (Berlin official competition, 1998)
Desperado Square (Winner of the Best Film Award at the Montpelier Film Festival).
and many more …
Moreh has also worked as a D.O.P for many award-winning documentaries in Israel, including One Shot, Asesino, and Underdog: A War Movie. During that time, he also directed several projects. Moreh began working as fulltime director several years ago.
His projects include:
A feature-length documentary revolving around intimate dialogues with six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service.
A 6-part documentary series about the murder of a young girl.
To Be Mayumana:
A documentary film portraying an Israeli dance group heading to New York for their world premiere.
A 4-part docudrama about undercover police officers.
A feature-length documentary about the reasons why Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, considered the “Father of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories,” agreed to implement the Gaza Disengagement Plan. The film was selected for the official Panorama program at the 58th Berlin Film Festival..
A documentary film portraying an Israeli journalist’s journey into Iraq during the Second Gulf War.
Caesarea: From the Dream to Reality:
An animated short on the history of Caesarea, produced with a budget of $1,500,000.
ESTELLE FIALON - PRODUCER
Since 2006 Estelle Fialon joined the company to produce documentaries and short films. She works with directors like Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Bernstein, Marie Dumora, Damien Odoul, Delphine & Muriel Coulin...
Films du Poisson
Over 15 years of activity, Les Films du Poisson, founded by Yaël Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez, has displayed a strong commitment to an exacting kind of cinema, which has earned both popular and critical success and won a string of international awards – five César awards (notably for Best First Film and Best Producer), Best Director and Caméra d’Or in Cannes, Jean Vigo and Louis Delluc Awards. Since 2006, under the guidance of producer Estelle Fialon, the company has strongly developed its production of documentary films, for both television and the cinema.
Filmography of recent documentaries:
By Dror Moreh. Broadcasters: ARTE, NDR, IBA, RTBF, YLE, DRTV, RTS, Radio Canada, SVT, NRK, VPRO, UR. Festivals: Jerusalem, Telluride, Toronto, New York, IDFA 2012. US distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Summer Growing Up
By Blaise Harrison. Broadcaster: ARTE.
Festivals: Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, Festival Dei Popoli (Best Documentary Award), Cinemed, Dok Leipzig, RIDM Montréal, Vendôme 2011; Visions du Réel, Indie Lisboa, Krakow, Doxs! 2012.
Modigliani’s Genuine Fake Heads
By Giovanni Donfrancesco. Broadcasters: ARTE, YLE, SVT, DR, SBS, SF.
Festivals: Courmayeur 2011; FILAF 2012 ; nomination Globo d’Oro 2012.
Letters and Revolutions
By Flavia Castro. Broadcaster: RTP. Theatre release: June 2011.
Festivals: Critics Award and Student Jury Prize, Festival de Gramado 2010;
Critics Award and Best Documentary Award, Festival de Rio 2010;
Best Documentary Award, Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine 2010;
Best Film Award,Festival de Punta del Este 2011;
Best Investigative Film and Best Film Award in the Portuguese selection, Doclisboa 2011, etc.
By Marie Dumora.
Festivals: Cinéma du Réel (Virtual heritage Award), Vilnius 2011; FIFE 2012.
Joann Sfar (Drawings)
By Mathieu Amalric. Broadcaster: ARTE.
Festivals: FIFA 2010 (Creation Award); Nyon, Torino, Doclisboa 2011.
PHILIPPA KOWARSKY - PRODUCER
Philippa Kowarsky graduated with an M.A. in Communication Policy Studies at City University of London. She has worked in the Film and Television industry since 1993 in various capacities, including production, development, and sales.
In 1997 Philippa established Cinephil, a sales and co-productions company that is home to numerous independent international productions. Cinephil specializes in bringing prospective partners together and seeing their projects through from inception to completion.
CURRENT FILMS IN PRODUCTION INCLUDE:
Cathedrals of Culture, a 3D TV series about the souls of prominent architectural masterpieces. The series is produced by Neue Road Movies, with internationally acclaimed director Wim Wenders serving as executive producer. Wenders will also direct the first episode, about the Philharmonie, home to the Berlin Philharmoniker. Other directors who have confirmed their participation in this project include Michael Madsen, Jiska Rickels, Victor Kossakovsky, Michael Glawogger, Norberto López Amado, and Karim Aïnouz.
Putin’s Olympics, by Alexander Gentelev, with Saxonia Entertainment (Germany), Sasha Klein Productions (Israel), Satel Films (Austria), and MDR.
Miss World, by Cecilia Peck. Produced by Motty Reif, Inbal Lessner, and Cecilia Peck.
The October War, by Amit Goren.
An Inside Joke: How Humor Invented the Jews, by Jamie Kastner. Produced with Hans Robert Eisenhauer and Cinephil.
RECENT FILMS DISTRIBUTED BY CINEPHIL:
The Gatekeepers, by Dror Moreh, with Films du Poisson (France) and Cinephil and ARTE France, NDR Germany, IBA Israel, etc. The film had its world premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Maori Boy Genius by Pietra Brettkelly | One Day after Peace by Miri Laufer and Erez Laufer | Love Free or Die by Macky Alston
Six Million and One by David Fischer | Cinema Jenin by Marcus Vetter | Hitler’s Children by Chanoch Zeevi | My Sweet Canary by Roy Sher | Epilogue by Manno Lanssens | Somewhere Between by Linda Goldstein | Precious Life by Shlomi Eldar | A Film Unfinished by Yael Hersonski | Budrus by Julia Bacha | Thieves by Law by Alexander Gentelev; Women of Hamas by Suha Arraf.
Cinephil is the exclusive representative of documentary films by Amos Gitai.
Cinephil has also co-produced feature films, and distributed them and other features internationally.
Sweet Mud, by Dror Shaul (Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, the Crystal Bear at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival, and Israeli Academy Award for Best Film 2007.
Someone to Run With, based on the novel by David Grossman. Directed by Oded Davidoff. The film featured at the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival.
In 2010 together with Alesia Weston, then Associate Director of the Feature Film Program International at the Sundance Institute, the Israeli Film Fund, and the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts Cinema Project, Philippa Kowarsky co-initiated and formed a screenwriters’ lab for select Israeli filmmakers.
Philippa has taught Media at Israel’s Open University and at the Management College in Tel Aviv.
Since its creation in 1986 independent Studio Mac Guff has become a major actor in VFX and CGI animation world.
Creative approach of Rodolphe Chabrier, Philippe Sonrier, Jacques Bled and Martial Vallanchon, the founders, mixing artistic attitude and Research and Development politics has permitted to lure high-level, talented and curious directors and producers.
From photographer JB Mondino or designer Philippe Stark to director Pierre Coffin not mentioning Jan Kounen, Jean-Paul Goude and Michel Ocelot, demanding and gifted people came and still come to Mac Guff as they know tools, vibes and artists are outright to give life to their special projects.
After thousands of commercials, amazing and successful documentaries for TV (“Species Odyssey”, “Life Odyssey”), full CG animation movies (“Kirikou 3“, “Dragon Hunters”, “Despicable Me “) and VFX feature films ( 99 francs, Splice, Largo Winch, Taken 2) , historical Mac Guff team invest his energy and priceless know-how focusing on VFX long feature, Documentaries and Commercials as well as CG Animation domains.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE