Discipline: Film/Video – feature

Mohamed Siam

Discipline: Film/Video – feature
Region: Cairo, EGYPT
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Mohamed Siam is a documentary and fiction filmmaker. After a brief period studying psychology, he started working in the cinema industry as an assistant director on narrative feature films including the Canal Plus feature documentary The City Of The Dead (IDFA 2009, Best Film at Documenta Madrid 2010) and In the Last Days of the City (Winner of Caligari Film Preis in Berlinale 2016).

As a director, Siam has received several international grants in support of his film projects, including from Sundance, IDFA Bertha Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Fund, and OIF among others. His films are shown in festivals as Karlovy Vary, NYFF, Hot Docs, and IDFA among others.

Siam is a Berlinale, Durban, and Beirut Talent alumnus and has also participated in various workshops and labs including the Sundance Institute, IDFA Academy, Doc Campus, and La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde where he presented his documentary film Amal (winner of a Robert Bosch Foundation Film Prize, a Docs-In-Progress Award at Thessaloniki, and the AfriDocs Prize at Durban FilmMart).

At Berlinale Campus Editing Studio, he worked with renowned Danish editor Molly Marlene Stensgaard (Dancer in the Dark, Melancholia). Siam’s cinematography can be seen in The Trials of The Spring and The Path (dir. Senain Kheshgi, coproduced with ITVS.)



Mohamed Siam worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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