Presentation

Since its foundation in 1983 by Ahmed Bahaeddine ATTIA, CINETELEFILMS has been one of the leading production companies in Tunisia and The Arab World. CINETELEFILMS has produced more than twenty feature films and about fifty creative documentaries, which were worldwide distributed and most of them awarded in the most important festivals like Cannes and Venise. CINETELEFILMS built its credibility around a clear strategy: sincerity, freedom of creation and taboo transgressing and tackling.

 

Know-How

CINETELEFILMS know-how focuses on the image and sound creation of fiction, documentary and advertising films, in accordance with its economic reality. Its production skills combine technique and artistic, looking after an aesthetics treatment and offering a beautiful image and a melodious sound.

 

Biographies

 

Habib ATTIA, managing director and producer

Cinema and TV producer, Habib ATTIA, 37 years-old, is managing director of CINETELEFILMS Since 2007.

Among his productions are the animation series “VIVA CARTHAGO” (2005, 13×26 ‘) and the youth documentary series “MEDITERRANEAN TALES” (2005, 13×26 ‘), as well as the feature animation films “THE CARTHAGE CASTAWAYS I, II & III (2006, 2008 and 2010).

Working in a context of international coproduction, Habib ATTIA aims to produce feature and documentary films dealing with contemporary sociocultural themes. Recently he produced LAILA’S BIRTHDAY, directed by the award winning Palestinian film-maker Rashid Masharawi. LAILA’S BIRTHDAY was selected in several major festivals like Toronto, San Sebastian, Chicago, Tokyo and was distributed in more than 15 countries. BAGDAD’S ANGEL, a documentary film he produced in 2009, participated also in many festivals like Dubai and won the best documentary award in Doha Int. Film Festival in 2010.

Habib ATTIA is also a EURODOC member and the coordinator of the Producer’s Network of the Carthage Int. Film Festival.

 

 

Ahmed Bahaeddine ATTIA, company founder

Born in 1946 in Sousse, a sea-coast city in the Centre of Tunisia, he spent his youth between Cine-clubs and Amateur Film-makers. After completing film studies in Rome, Italy, he started his professional life as an Assistant Director, and was later a Production Manager and Executive Producer. He has always been involved in reflecting and developing a strategy towards the emergence of a cinematographic and audiovisual expression of proximity and cultural identity.

Chair of the Tunisian Directors’ Association and later its Secretary General for several years, Vice-President of the Pan-African Federation of Directors (FEPACI) from 1975 to 1985, FEPACI Executive Secretary from 1989 to 1995.

Founder of the APIMED (Mediterranean Independent Producers’ Association) in 1997 and its Chairman until 2006, he has been since 2000 at the head of the Tunisian Producers’ Union Chamber as well as the Maghreb Coordination of Exhibitors Distributors (established in January 2003).

Cinema activist, his life has always been intermingled with his professional activity, he has done a lot of thinking, writing, proposed feasible solutions towards resolving all the difficulties met by this sector in his country and on the continent.

He’s a man of the South, a convinced Mediterranean, beside his Arab Muslim as well as Phoenician inheritage. He has always deeply believed in North-South dialogue, in the universal quality of cinema whatever its origin.

In 1983, he founded his company, Cinetelefilms, which reflects in a practical way his vision towards a Southern cinema that would attract its audience and cast an eye on society from within, leaving aside taboos and prohibitions.

Conscious of the weaknesses of the local market, he has kept trying to penetrate the international market through his productions.

Jury member in prestigious festivals (Istanbul, Cannes, Valences, Mons, Carthage…), he also was Managing Director of  the  JCC (Carthage Int. Film festival) sessions in 1992, 1994 and 2004.