Abdulla Al Kaabi
Abdulla Al Kaabi is an Emirati filmmaker. While still studying, Abdulla became a lead presenter on Dubai TV. He continued at this post for the next four years gaining valuable hands-on experience on production. Knowing that he always wanted to be in the Director's seat, Abdulla moved to Paris in 2009 to pursue a Master's Degree in Filmmaking at the Ecole Internationale de Creation Audiovisuelle et de Realisation.
Afterwards, Abdulla pursued a career in filmmaking where he directed his first award-winning short film, The Philosopher with famed French actor Jean Reno. His second short won two awards at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014 including Best International Short. His first feature-length film, Only Men Go To The Grave won Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2016.
Farshad Mahoutforoush is a Canadian/Iranian art collector. He heads a group of restaurants in the Middle East, which he decorates and rotates his collection on the walls supporting and promoting the arts.
He has been credited for launching the careers of Farhad Moshiri, one of the most popular living Middle Eastern contemporary artists amongst others. He has placed his mark as a visionary and is now experimenting with film production as an art form.