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Teachers Laila Hotait
Laila Hotait

Laila Hotait

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Film and visual arts


Doctor cum laude in Audiovisual Communication and Award for Academic Excellence in Humanities from the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M)
Fulbright Scholarship. MFA in Film Directing from San Francisco State University
Degree in Arab and Islamic Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)

Career path

Spanish-Lebanese film director and audiovisual artist.

His films have been supported by prestigious institutions such as the Sundance Documentary Institute, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Screen Institute Beirut, Cine Qua Non Lab, Berlinale Talents, the Doha Film Institute or the Danish Film Institute.

His first feature film, Crayons of Askalan, premiered at Hot Docs, the largest Canadian international documentary festival in North America. the short film The night between Ali and me, co-directed with Nadia Hotait, was screened at La Casa Encendida and was awarded best experimental film at the Lebanese National Film Festival.

In addition, he is a scriptwriter for different international companies such as Cinépolis.

His artistic work has been presented internationally in exhibition spaces such as the Pompidou in Paris, the KIT Kunst-im-Tunnel Museum in Düsseldorf, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, the Arsenale in Venice, the Alicante Museum of Art and galleries in Mexico. , Lebanon, Singapore, Portugal and the United States, among other countries.

She is the author of the book on Lebanese cinema We will always have Beirut (Akal Editions). Along with his sister, Nadia Hotait, has founded LAAVENTURA Audiovisual Productions, a platform that brings together artists from all over the world to collaborate on various projects.

Subjects and workshops

Audiovisual Narrative

Awards, mentions and recognitions

"International Emerging Film Talent" by CPHDox Lab as
Generations Award
Laguna Art Prize
Celeste Award
National Prize of the Spanish Society of Arab Studies

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