Darine Hotait is a New York based published writer and award-winning screenwriter and film director. Her films have screened at over a hundred international film festival and received a dozen Best Film Awards. Her work can be seen on SundanceTV, AMC Networks, BBC Channel, ShortsTV, IndieFlix and more.
She was nominated for the prestigious Goethe Award and an EMMY Blu-Ribbon. She is the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Artist Grant, the New York Foundation For The Arts literary Fellowship, the AFAC Cinema Grant and the Roberto Cimetta Grant. She was selected in programs like Sundance Rawi Screenwriters' Lab and the International Scriptwriters' Maison Des Scenaristes at Cannes Film Festival.
She is the founder & CEO of Cinephilia Productions in New York City - named top 5 creative incubator focusing on the Middle East and Africa.
Her interest in cinema came from her genuine fascination and devotion to literature. Her film work tends to bridge between literature and cinema by giving predominance to the science fiction genre.
She has published numerous science fiction short stories and stage plays. Her literary work has appeared in various publications in print and online, as well as in curated art exhibitions in New York, Berlin and London.
Darine holds an MFA in screenwriting and film directing from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
She has mentored numerous screenwriting and film directing workshops at film festivals and institutions around the world such as the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, Arab World Institute in Paris, Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Olhares Do Mediterraneo Festival in Lisbon, Med Film Festival in Rome, Arab Film festival in Rotterdam, Mizna Literary Gathering in Minneapolis, Dubai international Writers’ Center in UAE among others.
She has served on the jury of numerous international film festivals like Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York, Cinewest in Australia, Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, Lebanese Film Festival, Palestine Cinema Days, The Cinema School New York…among others.
She is currently working on her debut feature film "Like Salt" that was selected in the Rawi Screenwriters' Lab - a Sundance Institute initiative - in July 2018 and was awarded the NYSCA Artist Award.
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