Sami Saif

/B. 1972

Director. Born 26/1 1972. Graduated in documentary film direction at the National Film School of Denmark in 1997.

Saif's breakthrough film, "Family" (directed with Phie Ambo, 2001), won several national and international awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA Amsterdam.

Saif was the director behind "Tommy" (2010), a film about the greatness and fall of the popular Danish singer and composer Tommy Seebach that drew more than a million Danish television viewers.

Furthermore, Saif has directed "Dogville Confessions" (2003), following the making of Lars von Trier's "Dogville", the short experimental film "Awaiting" (2006) and "Paradise" (directed with Jens Loftager and Erlend E. Mo, 2008).

Filmography

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Film Year Function Category
The Allins 2016 Direction DK/Documentary
Shadow Boxer 2014 Consultant DK/Documentary
Tommy 2010 Direction DK/Documentary
Roskilde 2008 Co-director DK/Documentary
Paradise 2008 Direction DK/Documentary
Awaiting 2006 Direction DK/Experimental
Mit Danmark - film nr. 9 2006 Direction DK/Documentary
Mors dag 2005 Consultant DK/Short fiction
Dogville Confessions 2003 Direction DK/Documentary
Underneath the Skin 2003 Consultant DK/Documentary
Family 2001 Direction DK/Documentary
The video diary of Ricardo Lopez 2000 Direction DK/Short fiction
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Awards and nominations

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Award Release year Festivals Film
Best Documentary 2003 Zanzibar Int. Film Festival 2003 Family
Dokumentarfilmpreis Des Bayerischen Rundfunks:
Sami Saif
Phie Ambo
2002 München Documentary Festival 2002 Family
Joris Ivens Award:
Sami Saif
Phie Ambo
2001 Amsterdam, IDFA 2001 Family

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date Film
CPH:DOX 16-03-2017 The Allins
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 29-04-2010 Family
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 29-04-2010 Family
Damascus Dox Box Festival 04-03-2009 Paradise
Damascus Dox Box Festival 04-03-2009 Family
Damascus Dox Box Festival 04-03-2009 Family
Odense Internationale Film Festival 19-08-2008 Paradise
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 18-10-2007 Family
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 18-10-2007 Family
Grimstad, Norwegian Short and Documentary Film Festival 01-06-2007 Family
Grimstad, Norwegian Short and Documentary Film Festival 01-06-2007 Family
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 24-01-2007 Family
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 24-01-2007 Family
New York Scandinavian House 21-10-2006 Family
New York Scandinavian House 21-10-2006 Family
Frankfurt Deutsches Filmmuseum 10-04-2006 Family
Frankfurt Deutsches Filmmuseum 10-04-2006 Family
Cinevita Film Company aps 11-01-2006 Family
Cinevita Film Company aps 11-01-2006 Family
South Film Festival, Sderot Cinematheque 30-05-2005 Family
South Film Festival, Sderot Cinematheque 30-05-2005 Family
ZagrebDox 22-02-2005 Family
ZagrebDox 22-02-2005 Family
EDN seminar Calcutta 01-04-2004 Family
EDN seminar Calcutta 01-04-2004 Family
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 05-11-2003 Family
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 05-11-2003 Family
Zanzibar Int. Film Festival 28-06-2003 Family
Zanzibar Int. Film Festival 28-06-2003 Family
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs 30-04-2003 Family
Volda The Norwegian Documentary Festival 30-04-2003 Family
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs 30-04-2003 Family
Volda The Norwegian Documentary Festival 30-04-2003 Family
Jeonju International Film Festival 25-04-2003 Family
Jeonju International Film Festival 25-04-2003 Family
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 08-04-2003 Family
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 08-04-2003 Family
Portland Nordic Film Festival 05-04-2003 Family
Portland Nordic Film Festival 05-04-2003 Family
Rom, Filmstudio 80 28-03-2003 Family
Seattle Nordic Film Festival 28-03-2003 Family
Rom, Filmstudio 80 28-03-2003 Family
Seattle Nordic Film Festival 28-03-2003 Family
Creteil, Festival Films De Femmes 21-03-2003 Family
Creteil, Festival Films De Femmes 21-03-2003 Family
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 12-03-2003 Family
Rouen, Fest. du Cinema Nordique 12-03-2003 Family
Los Angeles Scandinavian Film Festival ASFLA 31-01-2003 Family
Los Angeles Scandinavian Film Festival ASFLA 31-01-2003 Family
Sheffield Documentary Tour 10-01-2003 Family
Sheffield Documentary Tour 10-01-2003 Family
Taipei Taiwan Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-12-2002 Family
Taipei Taiwan Int. Documentary Film Festival 06-12-2002 Family
Edinburgh Modern Vikings 29-11-2002 Family
Edinburgh Modern Vikings 29-11-2002 Family
Palm Springs Festival of Festivals 21-11-2002 Family
Palm Springs Festival of Festivals 21-11-2002 Family
Montréal Rencontres Int. Du Documentaire 15-11-2002 Family
Montréal Rencontres Int. Du Documentaire 15-11-2002 Family
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 07-11-2002 Family
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 07-11-2002 Family
Mexico Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica 29-10-2002 Family
Mexico Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica 29-10-2002 Family
Sheffield Doc/Fest 21-10-2002 Family
Sheffield Doc/Fest 21-10-2002 Family
Bergen International Film festival 17-10-2002 Family
Bergen International Film festival 17-10-2002 Family
Berlin Prix Europa Festival 12-10-2002 Family
Berlin Prix Europa Festival 12-10-2002 Family
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 11-10-2002 Family
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 11-10-2002 Family
Vancouver International Film Festival 26-09-2002 Family
Vancouver International Film Festival 26-09-2002 Family
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 24-09-2002 Family
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 24-09-2002 Family
Oslo Input, NRK Kompetenseavdelingen 16-09-2002 Family
Oslo Input, NRK Kompetenseavdelingen 16-09-2002 Family
Toronto International Film Festival 06-09-2002 Family
Toronto International Film Festival 06-09-2002 Family
Rønne Balticum Film & TV Festival 21-08-2002 Family
Rønne Balticum Film & TV Festival 21-08-2002 Family
Baastad Lilla Filmfestivalen 01-08-2002 Family
Baastad Lilla Filmfestivalen 01-08-2002 Family
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 21-07-2002 Family
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 21-07-2002 Family
New Zealand Film Festival 12-07-2002 Family
New Zealand Film Festival 12-07-2002 Family
Paris Cinéma d'aujourd'hui 02-07-2002 Family
Paris Cinéma d'aujourd'hui 02-07-2002 Family
Grimstad, Norwegian Short and Documentary Film Festival 13-06-2002 Family
Grimstad, Norwegian Short and Documentary Film Festival 13-06-2002 Family
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 01-06-2002 Family
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 01-06-2002 Family
Rotterdam Input 2002 19-05-2002 Family
Rotterdam Input 2002 19-05-2002 Family
Beijing International TV Festival 09-05-2002 Family
Beijing International TV Festival 09-05-2002 Family
München Documentary Festival 27-04-2002 Family
München Documentary Festival 27-04-2002 Family
Nyon, Visions du Réel 22-04-2002 Family
Nyon, Visions du Réel 22-04-2002 Family
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 17-04-2002 Family
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 17-04-2002 Family
Göteborg International Film Festival 25-01-2002 Family
Göteborg International Film Festival 25-01-2002 Family
Amsterdam, IDFA 22-11-2001 Family
Amsterdam, IDFA 22-11-2001 Family
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