SANAD funded Arab film gets Toronto festival debut

Leyla Bouzid's 'As I Open My Eyes' will screen at Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Leyla Bouzid pictured at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.
Leyla Bouzid pictured at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.


Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s film ‘As I Open My Eyes’, supported by twofour54’s development and post-production fund SANAD, has been selected to screen five different times in the “World Contemporary Cinema” at the 40th edition of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs from 10th – 20th September 2015.

Leyla Bouzid started her career making short films and will now screen her first long feature ‘As I Open my Eyes’ at this year’s TIFF. Her film received a SANAD development and post-production grant for its originality and boldness. In 2013, Bouzid’s short film ’Zakaria’ was screened and won the Best Producer prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and was also screened at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France.

This is the sixth consecutive year SANAD films have been screened at TIFF, with half of last year’s Arab selection supported by SANAD including two narrative films ‘Theeb’, directed by Naji Abu Nowar and ‘The Valley’ directed by Ghassan Salhab as well as documentary films ‘Iraqi Odyssey’ by Samir and ‘The Wanted 18’ by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan.

SANAD films have continually been featured at international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice, and have received international recognition by winning numerous awards and accolades.

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