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Ayoub Qanir

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Ayoub Qanir
OccupationFilm director, writer
EducationUniversity of Miami, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
GenreDrama, Thriller
Notable awardsKnight of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite Awarded by The King of Morocco

Years active2005–present

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Ayoub Qanir is a Moroccan film writer and director best known for his award-winning film Artificio Conceal[1][2][3][4][5] starring late renown actor David Bailie [6] of the Pirates of the Caribbean (film series) [7] and Game of Thrones's Simon Armstrong. [8] His debut feature film, The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist, set in Mongolia, premiered at the 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala, India, where it was nominated to the Golden Crow Pheasant Award for best film. [9][10][11][12]. In January 2015, Ayoub was named Man of The Year by Version Homme magazine.[13] In November of the same year, the King of Morocco made Qanir a Knight of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite. [14]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Ayoub was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1983.[15] In 2001, he moved to Miami, Florida, where he attended and graduated from the University of Miami with a double major in management and finance, in 2005. In 2007, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in film direction and production at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. [16] In 2015, he was one of the juries at the 32nd edition of The Miami International Film Festival. [17]


In 2014, Ayoub wrote and directed Artificio Conceal which was set in London, starring renown late actor David Bailie[18] and Simon Armstrong [19]. The short was selected to film festivals worldwide including Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner, [3] Edinburgh International Film Festival [20][2] and Seattle International Film Festival. [21][22]

In 2015, he announced a graphic novel about the "Marche Verte" of 1975 on its 40th anniversary year, with plans to release it as a novel and film as well.[23][24][25][26][27]

He participated in the 5th "Digital Marrakech" international festival.[28]

In 2017, Qanir wrote and directed his first feature The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist. Set in Mongolia, The film was fully cast by non-actors and followed the journey of real-life shaman, Erdenesaikhan Purevdorj, from the Khuvsgul valley as he attempts to recover his grandson's soul from the spirit world.[29] The film had its world premiere in India where it was nominated to Golden Crow Pheasant Award for Best film at the Kerala Film Festival. The US Premiere took place at the New Orleans Film Festival. [30] The film featured surreal footage, depicting the spiritual world, from macro-paint artist Thomas Blanchard who later used the same technique to design the international campaign for the release of Apple 's iPhone X. [31][32]

In 2019, Ayoub wrote and directed Darkness of Otherwhere. Set in Tokyo, Japan, and filmed in black and white in the gritty city of Kabukicho. The feature starred, Japanese sensation, Mika Hijii from the Ninja franchise films and renown theater actor Keisuke Ishida. Darkness of Otherwhere went on to win best Experimental Film at the Venice Film Week,[33] the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival [34] and the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival. [35]


[36] [37] [38] [39] [40] [41] [42]

  1. "Ayoub Qanir Takes Time to Cannes". March 5, 2015 – via The Huffington Post.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Artificio Conceal nominated for best short at EIFF". June 5, 2015 – via Top 10 Films.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Artificio Conceal selected to Cannes" – via Digital Journal.
  4. "Artificio accepted at Cannes" – via Fan Carpet.
  5. "Hacking your brain". May 13, 2014 – via The Huffington Post.
  6. "David Bailie joins Artificio Conceal" – via Screendaily.
  7. "David Bailie" – via PotC Wiki.
  8. "Simon Armstrong cast Conceal" – via Screendaily.
  9. "Telling it Right". December 10, 2017 – via Deccan Chronicle.
  10. "Kerala Film Festival" – via IFFK.
  11. "Ayoub Qanir Honored by Suma Josson" – via IFFK.
  12. "Meet The Directors" – via IFFK.
  13. "Archive Couverture Version Homme". VH. February 10, 2015.
  14. "Réalisateur decoré par sa Majéste". Journal Le Matin.
  15. "Double Consecration pour Ayoub Qanir". Les Ecos. September 20, 2020.
  16. "The Next Big Thing" – via Miami Living Magazine.
  17. "Celebrated Local Directors" – via Miami Film Festival.
  18. "David Bailie Joins Artificio Conceal". Screendaily.
  19. "Simon Armstrong joins Cast". Screendaily.
  20. "EIFF Archive 2015" (PDF). EIFF.
  21. "SIFF Official Selection" (PDF) – via Seattle International Film Festival.
  22. "Psychological Thriller "Artificio Conceal" Nominated For Best Short Film Award At EIFF". Top 10 Films. 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  23. "Une BD célèbre les 40 ans de la Marche Verte". fr.le360.ma (in français). 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  24. "La BD "La marche Verte" distribuée en novembre". fr.le360.ma (in français). 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  25. ""Quoi de neuf ?»EP-22. Ayoub Qanir: «Un grand projet pour l'anniversaire de la Marche Verte"". www.le360.ma (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  26. "Médi1TV - Série Marche Verte - Official Teaser". Portail du Sahara marocain (in français). 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  27. "Une série sur la Marche verte pour les 40 ans de l'événement sur Medi1TV". HuffPost Maghreb. 2015-11-07. Archived from the original on 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  28. "Coup d'envoi à la 5ème édition du Festival International de "Digital Marrakech"". Ministère de la Culture, de la Jeunesse et des Sports - Département de la Communication (in français). 2016-12-05. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  29. "Le Maroc Representé a la Nouvelle Orleans" – via Aujourd'hui.
  30. "NOFF Official Selection Catalogue" – via New Orleans Film Festival.
  31. "Visuaal Catalogue" – via Visuaal Magazine.
  32. "Arnau Bosh Catalogue" – via Arnau Bosh Agency.
  33. "Venice Film Week Winners". VFW.
  34. "Qanir a la conquete". Femmes Du Maroc.
  35. "Toronto Arthouse Film Festival Winners". Press Wire.
  36. "Ayoub Qanir: nouveau court métrage, nouveau joyau". fr.le360.ma (in français). 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  37. "Vidéo. Ayoub Qanir envoie "Le premier Marocain dans l'espace"". www.le360.ma (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  38. "Vidéo. Ayoub Qanir dévoile le teaser de "Artificio Conceal"". www.le360.ma (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  39. "Vidéo. Un film japonais réalisé par le Marocain Ayoub Qanir: une première saluée dans le monde". fr.le360.ma (in français). 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  40. "Diapo. Cinéma: Ayoub Qanir envoie le premier Marocain dans l'espace". www.le360.ma (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  41. "Teaser. «Quoi de neuf ?». Ayoub Qanir: «Loin des yeux, mais pas du cœur"". www.le360.ma (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  42. "Vidéo. Le teaser surprenant du dernier opus d'Ayoub Qanir dévoilé". www.le360.ma (in français). Retrieved 2021-08-22.

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