Riffy Ahmed

Riffy Ahmed

FIlm Director + Writer + Visual ArtistLondon, United Kingdom
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Riffy Ahmed

Riffy Ahmed

FIlm Director + Writer + Visual ArtistLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Riffy is a London based Film Director, writer and visual artist who has had her work screened and exhibited in both the art and film world, with The Times, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, BFI Flare, ICA, Tribeca Arts Centre, Nour Arts Festival and the Saatchi Gallery. She has trained as a visual artist from Central Saint Martins. Riffy looks to tell stories of ‘unlikely heroes’ we don’t always see on the big screen at turning points in their lives, particularly framed around women, BAME and diaspora identities. Her work cross blends between genres through visceral forms of storytelling. She was the 2016/2017 H.Club Foundation's Emerging Creative for Film and Television, featured as one of Channel 4’s Spotlight on Directors in 2018. Riffy graduated from NFTS (National Film and Television School) Directing Fiction this year (2018-20) with a full scholarship from Channel 4. (www.riffy.com) instagram: https://instagram.com/riffypowerz/ twitter: @riffypowerzz
Projects
  • AL SARAB (السراب)
    AL SARAB (السراب)SHORT FILM - NFTS - 2020 ‘Three estranged siblings, arrive in the desert to attend their father’s funeral.’ Director: Riffy Ahmed Story by: Riffy Ahmed + Shyam Popat Writer: Shyam Popat Producer: Sid Elbadawi DOP: Rachel Liew Prod Designer: Ann Kutzer Editor: Margred Pryce Composer: Sarah Boughton Sound Designer: Tatianna Sanches
  • ROOM FOR TWO - SHORT FILM
    ROOM FOR TWO - SHORT FILMSHORT FILM - NFTS - 2019 ‘When Helena suspects her photographer partner Paris of having an affair, she sets off on a voyage of discovery that sees three women come together in a cat and mouse game of secrets, lies and deception.’ Official Selection - BFI FLARE 2020 Director: Riffy Ahmed Writer: Ralph Mathers Producer: Said Englund DOP: Nathalie Pitters Editor: Margred Pryce Composer: Adam Speck Sound Designer: Yin Lee
  • YA'ABURNEE  (يقبرني - YOU BURY ME) SHORT FILM
    YA'ABURNEE (يقبرني - YOU BURY ME) SHORT FILMSHORT FILM - NFTS - 2019 16mm Film (Kodak) ’A mother's perception of reality is altered forever when her son decides to leave the family home.’ Director: Riffy Ahmed Co-Writers: Riffy Ahmed & Bríd Arnstein Producer: Leah Bethany Jones DOP: Pep Bosuch Calvo Prod Designer: Peter Courtauld Editor: Ona Bartrolí Composer: Darryl O’Donovan Sound Designer: Chris Thijssen
  • ADAM
    ADAMSHORT FILM - NFTS - 2018 16mm Film (Kodak) ‘An experimental film presenting a moving portrait of ‘Adam’ who is transitioning gender. He visits his family for Passover fearing it could be the last.’ Director/Producer: Riffy Ahmed Writer: Vanessa Rose Cinematography: Adam Singodia Editor: Ed Coltman Composer: Cora Miron Sound Designer: Tatianna Sanches
  • AFLOAT -Short Art Film
    AFLOAT -Short Art Film'Afloat' is a short experimental narrative film that paints a portrait of Japanese performance artist 'Ayumi Lanoire'. The film opens as a telephone call between the subject and Person X, leading the audience through the various layers that make up her persona, and arriving at the question of whether Ayumi is in fact real, or a myth...
  • Clench - What are you fighting for?
    Clench - What are you fighting for?A short film written and directed by Riffat Ahmed. This short film tells the story of Ash, a mixed-race girl from Old Trafford, Manchester, UK. On a youth referral scheme, we see Ash travel to the iconic Salford Lads Club where she takes up boxing as a way of dealing with her troubled past. By portraying Ash’s experience of the sport, the film highlights how the boxing ring can be a neutral space where race and neighbourhood politics are left outside. The film looks at not only Ash’s own experie
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Work history
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    Artist & CuratorIndependent
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Presented a multi-disciplinary art show called Ara-b-less? at the Saatchi Gallery part of the Nour Arts Festival in 2015. This project is a collaboration that explores the states of minds of a Diaspora Arab identity.
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    Freelance Videographer and editorThe Smalls
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Worked in a team of 12 people generating over 80 videos, evergreen content, and Facebook lives for social media strands of the The Sun and The Times and The Sunday Times Newspaper.
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Skills
  • Film
  • Art Photography
  • Digital Content
  • Multi-platform Content
  • Music Videos
  • TV Film Commercial
  • Editing
  • Fine Art
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Documentaries
  • Featured Films
  • Short Films
  • Final cut Pro/premiere
Education
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    Master of Arts in Directing for Film and TelevisionNational Film and Television School
     - Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
    With a full scholarship from Channel 4 I attended NFTS: Directing Fiction
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    BA(Hons) Fine New MediaCentral Saint Martin School Of Art and Design
     - London, United Kingdom
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Awards
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    Scholarship from Channel 4, NFTS Directing Fiction 2018-20National Film and Television School
    Receipient of full Scholarship from Channel 4 to attend NFTS: Directing Fiction 2018-20
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    Emerging Creative for Film and TV at The Hospital Clubh Club London
    I have been selected as the Emerging Creative for Film and TV 2016/17 part of the Hospital Club foundation. http://www.thehospitalclub.com/about/foundation
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