In 2017, ORWA NYRABIA was the main mentor and facilitator assisted by Anastasia Levy.
ORWA NYRABIA is an award-winning documentary producer.
Before dedicating his career to documentary cinema, Orwa Nyrabia studied acting in Damascus, worked as a journalist for the Arab world’s leading newspapers, while at same time working as an actor. He played the main role in La Porte du Soleil by Yusri Nassrallah (Cannes Official Selection 2004). Orwa co-founded Proaction Film in Damascus, Syria, in 2002, and later the creative documentary film festival DOX BOX. He co-founded No Nation Films in Germany, where he continues to produce art-house documentaries. Orwa’s work as a creative producer of documentary films has been internationally awarded and highlighted by leading media outlets, including CBS 60Min, New York Times and Le Monde, among others. Recent award-winning films that he produced include Silvered Water (Cannes 2014) and Return to Homs (IDFA 2013, SUNDANCE 2014). In addition to producing, Orwa regularly serves on juries of various film funds, including the IDFA Bertha Fund, AFAC, and the Doha Film Institute Fund. Furthermore, he works as an advisor and tutor for documentary film projects for IDFA Academy, South Africa’s Encounters, Qatar’s Qumra, and the Balkan Documentary Center. Orwa is a member of the AMPAS, Deutsche Filmakademie, EDN, and IDA.