Niam Itani

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Personal information

Title: 
Filmmaker, Producer

Contact information (private)

State: 
California
City: 
Oakley
Country: 
United States of America
Personal email address: 
niametany@gmail.com

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Placeless Films
Department: 
Production, Story and Script Consulting
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Work email address: 
niam@placelessfilms.com

Social Media

Twitter: 
@niamitani
Skype: 
itaniam

Education

Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA), Screenwriting and Film Studies, 2008-2010, Hollins University, Virginia, United States of America.
Master's degree, Education, 2001-2005, Lebanese American University, Lebanon.
Bachelor's degree, Communication Arts (Radio/TV/Film), 1997-2000, Lebanese American University, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Production (Film/TV)
Story and Script Consulting
Independent Film Making and Financing
Film and Scriptwriting Education
Languages: 
Arabic
English
French
Spanish

Work history

Senior Producer, 2010-present, Placeless Films llc.

Jury member and member of the screening committee, 2014-present, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

Member and Co-Host, 2004-present, The D-Word (the largest online forum for international documentary professionals).

Producer, 2005-2010, Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel.

Honorary office and memberships

Associate Director of the Refugee Film Program at the Veteran, Immigrant and Refugee Trauma Institute of Sacramento, 2014-2015.

Member, LAU-Alumni Association - Doha Chapter, 2006-2010.

Productions

Publications highlights: 
  • Itani, N. (Producer and Director). (2015). Twice upon a time. [Documentary]. Beirut: Placeless Films llc. and Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel.
  • Itani, N. (Co-Producer). (2014). Transit game. [Film]. Beirut: Sepasi Films and Placeless Films llc..
  • Itani, N. (Screenwriter and Director). (2010). Super. Full. [Film]. Doha: Placeless Films llc. and the Doha Film Institute
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Speaker at a children and family services center during a workshop for professionals working with refugees relocating to California from around the globe, Walnut Creek, California, 2013.
  • Trainer at the workshop entitled "harrer, harrer" organized by the Doha Film Institute, Beirut, 2011.

Awards and Distinctions

Received the Best Short Film Award for the movie entitled "Transit Game" at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, 2014.

Received the Best Screenplay Award for the short screenplay entitled "Super.Full" at the Zanzibar Screenwriting Workshop organized by MAISHA and the Doha Film Institute, Tanzania, 2010.

Received the Jury Commendation for the short film entitled "Super.Full" at the Foster Film Festival, Australia, 2012.

Reached the finalist for the film entitled "Super.Full" at "Your Film Festival" organized by Google and YouTube, Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender.

Received a production grant for the screenplay of "Shadow of a Man" from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), 2012.

Received a development grant for the screenplay of "Shadow of a Man" from the Doha Film Institute, 2011.