Filmmakers Set Record at Dubai International Film Festival

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Dynamic Bensahli Duo Showcase a Stunning 5 Films

The Bensahli’s brothers had a record 5 films showcased at the Dubai International Film Festival 2015, held December 9th-16th, 2015. Along with their latest release Disheveled, their film Omnia was a Muhr Emirati DIFF Official Selection, and three of their films were showcased in the Cinetech Distributors Market including Diversion, Sugarmen, and Skin.

A clear and focused rising star, filmmaker Fayssal Bensahli knows exactly where he wants to take his craft. As a 21st-century filmmaker, he is passionate about making a wide range of films varying from fictional narratives to documentaries. Additionally, he has a host of international accolades under his belt, including being a Jury Prize Winner at the San Francisco Shorts Film Festival and having the first Emirati film in the New York Short Film Festival.

In his latest film Disheveled, he directed a talented ensemble in a psychological thriller for the 48-hour Film Project Competition. Aspiring to engage international audiences, Bensahli uses the power of visuals and subtext to engage moviegoers, holding them in suspense until the very end. The cinematic story in Disheveled is told through visuals in the minds of the two leading characters as they have a present-day conversation about past events. The short mesmerises audiences visually through deeply rooted subtext created by the award-winning cinematographer, Khaled Bensahli, Fayssal’s brother. Khaled is a diversified filmmaker; his films range from short film documentaries about refugees to the United Arab Emirates first action/thriller short film of its kind. Khaled’s films have also debuted at international film festivals such as DOCNYC, among others. Khaled is an extremely driven cinematographer who, along with Fayssal, is always creating new and innovative storytelling techniques. Visionary leaders in their craft, the Bensahli brothers were born to create innovative films.

Disheveled is produced by Farah El Sayegh. Farah masterfully kept the production on budget and on schedule while maintaining cohesion among all team members. Through her well-organized efforts and attention to detail, the project was successfully submitted within 48 hours. Disheveled’s executive producer is Taylor Re Lynn. The film is written by Josh Paapa Shogole, Fayssal Bensahli, Ahmad Sahmoud, and Khaled Bensahli. The editor is the amazingly talented Hani Fayed. The distinguished ensemble cast was led by a variety of established actors including London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) certified actor Adam ST, as well as, Robert Mardini, Cristina Mejia, Hamad Baker, Fouad Diab Maalouf, Joaquim Gonsalves, and Aidrous Saleh Al Hashemi.

Established in 2001, the 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. The 48-hour Film Project for 2015 toured 130 cities and brought together talent from around the world. Over 60,000 people were asked to complete an entire film from writing, casting, filming and editing within 48 hours. Over 4,000 films were received and submitted for screening for the public and judged by a panel of experts. The 48 Hour Film Project's mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers.

The finalists were announced and the Disheveled film was one of the top 10 finalists for the 48-hour Film Project and also had the honor of being screened at the prestigious Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 2015.

Obtaining such international exposure for their films is a stunning achievement and a dream.
The influential brother duo is indeed making history and paving the way for future generations through innovative storytelling.


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Media Contact for Bensahli's: S Brookeshire
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