"I don't like to explain everything in my films, but I use many metaphors and signs speaking for themselves."
After 10 years of forced engagement with the army, Faiçal Ben is now part of this young generation of filmmakers that can be counted on. Self-taught, he has finally found in the 7th Art what he has been seeking for so long, his freedom of expression and creation.
Faiçal has started a self-taught training to create a cinematographic background through readings, film screenings, field work with filmmakers sharing their know-how, several master-classes in festivals, and scriptwriting residencies.
Having started his career as an editor, then assistant director on several institutional films, short films and web series, Faiçal also directed several videos of cultural and artistic events. In parallel, he started scriptwriting for his own projects of short and feature films, and for television series.
Following two experimental films (Décalage, 2015 and Confusion, 2016) and two short fiction film (Alter Ego, 2016, Ales, 2018), Faiçal's third short film (Femme à Clefs, 2018) is in post-production.
Faiçal also devotes himself to writing a first feature film named "Barzakh".
Official Selection
Ales
Beirut International Women Film Festival
Beirut
2019
Official Selection
Ales
Cap Spartel Film Festival
Tangier
2019
Official Selection
Ales
Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival
Mumbai
2019
Official Selection
Ales
World of Woman Film Fair
Dubai
2019
Best Artistic Achievement
Ales
Luxor African Film Festival
Luxor
2019
Official Selection
Ales
Short Film Encounters of Madagascar
Antananarivo
2019
Official Selection
Ales
Arab Film Festival
Rotterdam
2019
YAFMA Award
Ales
Afrika FilmFestival
Leuven
2019
Audience Award
Ales
IPAS Film Festival
Athens
2019
Official Selection
Ales
Nepal Human Rights Film Festival
Kathmandu
2019
Official Selection
Ales
International Children's Rights Film Festival
Bursa
2019
Grand Prix
Ales
Cinema Days Festival of Fes
Fes
2018
Official Selection / Nominated for the awards for Best Short Film, Grand Jury Prize of Quality
Ales
Social World Film Festival
Naples
2018
Special Mention Prize
Ales
7th North African Film Festival
Oujda
2018
Special Mention Prize
Ales
19th National Film Festival of Morocco
Tangier
2018
Newbies / First Time Movie Official Selection
Alter Ego
Independent Days International Filmfestival (IDIF)
Karlsruhe
2018
Best Director Prize
Ales
7th Delhi International Film Festival
Delhi
2018
Special Mention Prize
Ales
29th Fameck Arab Film Festival
Fameck
2018
Official Selection
Ales
29th Istanbul International Short Film Festival
Istanbul
2018
Official Selection
Ales
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Cannes
2018
Best Short Film Prize
Ales
Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Madrid
Madrid
2018
Official Selection
Ales
Africa International Film Festival - AFRIFF
Lagos
2018
Official Selection
Ales
5th Kinshasa International Cinéma Festival (FICKIN)
Kinshasa
2018
Official Selection
Ales
5th Digital Cinema Festival
Cotonou
2018
Official Selection
Ales
Gorée Island Cinema Festival
Dakar
2018
Finalist
Ales
Short To The Point
2018
Official Selection
Alter Ego
Sofia Independent Film Festival (SIFF)
Sofia
2017
Official Selection
Alter Ego
Festival International du premier Court Métrage de Pontault-Combault
Paris
2017
Official Selection
Alter Ego
Festival du Court au KEF
Tunis
2017
Official Selection
Ales
Fes Film Festival
Fes
Grand Prix
Ales
Kenitra Film Festival
Kenitra
Official Selection
Ales
Benguerir Film Festival
Benguerir
Official Selection
Ales
Lift Off Global Network Film Festival 2018
Paris
Official Selection
Ales
To Cinema for Human Rights - Amnesty International Festival
Official Selection
Ales
Wairoa Māori Film Festival
Wairoa
Official Selection
Ales
Durban International Film Festival
Durban
Birth Date
March 31, 1985
Nickname
Ben
Birth City
Rabat
Gender
Male
"The saving grace of the cinema is that with patience, and a little love, we may arrive at that wonderfully complex creature which is called man." - Jean Renoir
"I don't like to explain everything in my films, but I use many metaphors and signs speaking for themselves."
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