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Sami Saif

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

Awards and nominations

Award Release year Festival Film
Dokumentarfilmpreis Des Bayerischen Rundfunks 2002 München Documentary Festival 2002 Family
Joris Ivens Award 2001 Amsterdam, IDFA 2001 Family
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Festivals

Festival Festival date Film
Bergen International Film festival 2017-09-26 The Allins
Melbourne Film Festival 2017-08-03 The Allins
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16 The Allins
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2010-04-29 Family
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 2010-04-22 Roskilde
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2010-04-07 Roskilde
Reykjavik Film Festival 2009-09-17 Roskilde
ZagrebDox 2009-02-23 Roskilde
Göteborg International Film Festival 2009-01-23 Roskilde
Warsaw International Film Festival 2008-10-10 Roskilde
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2008-08-19 Paradis
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 2007-10-18 Family
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24 Family
ZagrebDox 2005-02-22 Family
Jeonju International Film Festival 2003-04-25 Family
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2003-04-08 Family
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2002-11-07 Family
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2002-10-21 Family
Bergen International Film festival 2002-10-17 Family
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 2002-09-24 Family
Toronto International Film Festival 2002-09-06 Family
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2002-07-21 Family
Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival 2002-06-01 Family
München Documentary Festival 2002-04-27 Family
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2002-04-22 Family
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2002-04-17 Family
Göteborg International Film Festival 2002-01-25 Family
Amsterdam, IDFA 2001-11-22 Family
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.