Scandar Copti

Film Industry Role: Director/Academic

Nationality: Palestinian

Major Works: Ajami (2009)

Major Awards and Nominations: Honorable Mention and Golden Camera Nomination at the Cannes Film Festival for Ajami

Scandar Copti is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and an acclaimed visual artist. His first full-length feature film 'Ajami' won the Camera d'Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Copti is the only Arab filmmaker ever to receive the prestigious Sutherland Trophy. He is also the recipient of the Human Rights Film Award of the Council of Europe in 2010.

Copti's video art projects were exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Herzliya Museum, Nachum Gutman Museum, NYU gallery at Abu Dhabi, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, b_tour Foothold Festival, Beit Ha'Gefen, and the Oslo Kunstforening Art Gallery, among others.

Copti was on the jury of dozens of film festivals, including the Tribeca film festival, Thessaloniki film festival, FEST, AFAC, ON, and many more. He also served as the President of the Human Rights Award at the Istanbul International film festival 2011.

Copti was part of the team that launched the Doha-Tribeca Film Festival and the Doha Film Institute (DFI), where he headed the DFI's Education department until 2011.

Scandar has been teaching at NYU Abu Dhabi since 2013, where he headed the Film and New Media program from 2014 to 2017. He is currently in production for his next feature film, 'Happy Holidays,' with the support of funds such as Eurimages (the European Council Cultural fund), Doha Film Institute, Aran Fund for Arts, and Culture (AFAC), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein as well as worldwide presales and distribution deals.