Alaa Eddine Aljem

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Named one of the 2016 Screen International and Dubai Film Festival's 'Arab Stars of Tomorrow', along with being selected as one of the Global Media Makers by Film Independent in L.A in 2018.

Alaa, a native of Rabat, Morocco, studied film at the ESAV Marrakech and INSAS schools in Brussels. He intially built up his experience in the industry working for several projects across film and television as a screenwriter, an assistant director and a line producer.

His films have been selected at global film festivals, winning several awards in the process. His debut short film THE DESERT FISH took the Critics, Screenwriting and Grand Prizes at the Moroccan National Film Festival and was subsequently invited to screen at 2015 Cannes Film Festival's Shorts Corner. 

His debut feature script THE UNKNOWN SAINT participated in the Open Doors Lab at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won the ICAM award. It was also selected for La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes in 2016, and took part in the Sundance Screewriters Lab. The film, which he went onto direct as well, premiered at Critics Week at Cannes in 2019 where it was nominated for the Golden Camera Award an the Critic's Week Grand Prize.

He is currently developing a range of film and televison projects in a variety of languages.

In Development

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AZYLE

2020

Unité de Production (France)

- Writer
- Feature Film
- To be directed by Karim Boukercha (THE WORLD IS YOURS)

ELDORADO IL GUSTO DEL SUD

2020

- Arabic-English feature
- Currently writing and will also direct

CITIZEN A

2020

- Writer
- English-language comedy TV Series
- Developed on the HBO Pitching Workshops Initiative

SKEPTIC

2020

- Writer
- Original TV series

Film

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THE UNKNOWN SAINT

2019

Le Moindre Geste (Morocco) / Altamar Films (France) / Schortcuts (Lebanon)

- Writer & Director
- Participant in the Open Doors Lab at the Locarno Film Festival, winning the ICAM award
- Selected for La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes in 2016
- Took part in the Sundance Screewriters Lab
- Cannes Film Festival 2019: Premiered as part of Critics Week, nominated for the Golden Camera Award and the Critics Week Grand Prize
- International sales handled by The Match Factory
- Also screened at: BFI LFF, Sydney International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Sarajevo International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary and the Marrakesh International Film Festival

Short Films

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THE DESERT FISH

2015

Le Moindre Geste

- Writer / Director / Editor / Producer
- Cannes Film Festival 2015: Screened in the Shorts Corner
- Moroccan National Film Festival: Winner of 3 Awards (Screenwriting, Critics and Grand Prizes)
- International Festival of Francophone Films, Belgium: Regard du Présent Section