Riffy Ahmed

Freelance Director and Editor

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I am a visual artist and filmmaker based in London. I have vast experience working within the arts and film production from directing short films, art films, video installations, music videos, co-producing a feature film which have been screened and exhibited in various festivals and produced content for channels such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Arte creative. I have also actively worked as an editor for international artists: Larissa Sansour, Leila Sansour, Hassan Hajjaj and Oreet Ashery. I also run an art collective: Specular Collective, presenting multi disciplinary shows working with artists and musicians with roots from different Arab and diaspora identities. My aim is to direct works that blur boundaries between art and cinema exploring subjects like identity, memory as well as addressing various cultural and social issues within creative and cinematic backdrops in both the commercial film and art context. My body of work exists within: Film, Video, Photography, Installation and Performance Art. (www.riffy.com) instagram: https://instagram.com/riffypowerz/ twitter: @riffypowerzz

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

Work history

Currently

Freelance Director & Editor

Portland Communications

Nov 2013
  • Producing online video content and video pitches for various clients such as Bupa, NSPCC, Network Rail and The Sun for this marketing communication agency to represent.

Currently

Artist & Curator

Specular Collective Ara-b-less

Apr 2015
  • Presented a multi-disciplinary art show called Ara-b-less? a collaborative art project that explores the states of minds of a Diaspora Arab identity.

2016

Film Director

Women on the Move

Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
  • Commissioned to make 2 short docs presenting the stories of 2 refugee women in the UK who have done credible work in their communities to help other refugees. Both films were screened at the Women on the Move Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank, London.

2014

Director & Editor

Love is the Law Magazine

Sep 2012 - Dec 2014
  • Produced online video content for this aesthetic magazine covering art, music, fashion and literature. Worked on making EPK's for the launch of magazine issues as well as covering lives sessions with musicians such as The Venus Bushfire, Liam Bailey, The Noisettes, Marques Toliver, Fiona Bevan and Yadi. www.loveisthelawmag.com

2014

Freelance Director & Editor

Spabreaks.com

Sep 2012 - Apr 2014
  • Produced online video content presenting different spa experiences from various venues across the country that Spabreaks.com offer deals to the wider market,. Worked closely with their editorial team and YouTube presenter Emily Hartridge.

2013

Director & Producer

Specular Collective Crossways Al Multaqa Show

Aug 2013 - Nov 2013
  • Directed and hosted a multi-disciplinary art show: art, film, performance, music and installation works from Arab and Diaspora artists at the Leighton House Museum commissioned by the Nour Arts Festival hosted by the Chelsea and Kensington Council.

2013

Director & Producer for ‘rythmes Digitale’ Animation Music Video

Riffy Powerz Productions

Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
  • Directed and produced a quirky animation music video for French musician Digitale Sanguine. Worked with a team of 10 people to set up 3 stages of filming: live shooting, green screen and stop frame animation over the course of a month in a studio in London as well as an offline editor and VFX editor to structure my vision.

2012

Director & Editor

Carve Productions Channel 4

Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
  • Worked closely with 7 young professionals in film and TV to develop a 3 Minute taster tape for a potential show on More4 called United Kingdom: Citizen London? Our pilot explored the pros and cons of London becoming independent from the rest of the UK hosted by our quirky presenter Andy Sheppard. Competing with a team of 8 other professionals, our films were judged by Channel 4 commissioners, which we won. This was part of the Global Entrepreneurship week.

2012

Editor

Hassan Hajjaj

Mar 2012 - Aug 2012
  • Edited an experimental art film for artist/photographer Hassan Hajjaj. The film is set in Paris, France following a young female, Muslim veiled street artist who is fighting for her rights before the veil ban in France by posting photos by the artist across the city. This went on to be exhibited with Edge of Arabia, BBC arabic, British Museum and Crossways/Al Multaqa. http://www.taymourgrahne.com/artists/hassan-hajjaj

2011

Director & Writer

Runnymede Trust

Mar 2011 - Dec 2011
  • Wrote and directed a short narrative film (Clench-What are you fighting for? 2012) part if the Generation 3.0 Campaign. This film was based in Old Trafford and Salford, Manchester exploring the subject of racism and prejudice across generations, using boxing as space for communication.

2011

Producer & Arts Manager

Runnymede Trust

Mar 2010 - Dec 2011
  • Managed and produced Generation 3.0 (www.generation3-0.org), an interactive film campaign exploring solutions on how we can end racism in a generation. I engaged with local communities in Birmingham to recruit 70 participants aged between 10-90 to give video testimonies on their points of views. The films were then hosted at pop up events in Birmingham, Manchester and Croydon.

2011

Editor for ‘trespass the Salt’ Video Installation

Artists: Larissa Sansour and Youmna Chlala

Mar 2011 - Jul 2011
  • Edited a 3-channel video installation by collaborative artists Larissa Sansour and Youmna Chlala who were aiming to dissolve the boundaries of fiction and documentary in the context of Palestine and Lebanon. The video installation unites neighbouring countries divided by political borders in a virtual space. Through this intimate and fictionalised dinner, an impossible happening becomes real. The work explores cultural fabrications and similarities in a non-mediated moment outside the Western gaze - even if the space it seeks is invariably conditioned by it. This film went on to be screened at the Aesthetica Festival (ICA), Rotterdam Film Festival and various art spaces.

2010

Film Workshop Leader

Manifesta

May 2010 - Jul 2010
  • http://manifesta.org.uk/our-work/breakingintothemuseum.html

2010

CO Producer & Production Manager

Davey Inc

Jan 2010 - Mar 2010
  • Co Producer and managed a cast and crew of over 40 people to shoot and edit an entire feature film called 'The Horror of the Dolls' within a month in east London for the 28 Day After film challenge within £4k. This film went onto win the competition and has since been screened at the Portobello film festival, East end festival and Fright fest. https://vimeo.com/56480506 https://vimeo.com/108301299

2009

Film Workshop Leader for ‘belonging’ Project

Manifesta

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
  • Worked with the Manifesta to lead and facilitate a 5 day workshop with young people aged 14-19 to make 1-3 minute short films for a project called 'BELONGING, a transnational initiative designed to enable young people to explore intercultural dialogue – grounded in the specificity of personal and social opportunities, as well as the challenges which arise around new migrations and the making of new communities. This project took place in London, France and Portugal. The project is devised and led by Manifesta and produced in association with the Runnymede Trust. It is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. http://manifesta.org.uk/our-work/belonging.html

2008

Art Director for Patient 17 Feature Film

Patient 17 Ltd

Jul 2008 - Dec 2008
  • Art directed and production designed 10 locations across London for this thriller based feature film. Worked closely with a cast and crew of 30 people over the course of 4 months. http://p17.moonfruit.com/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1307067/

2008

Film Workshop Leader for Video Art Postcards Project

Manifesta

May 2008 - Jul 2008
  • Worked with the Manifesta to lead and facilitate a 5 day workshop with young people aged 14-19 to make 1-3 minute short films about 200th anniversary of the Slave Abolition and its links in London. http://manifesta.org.uk/videos/vap-videos.html

2007

Music Video Director

Channel 4

Sep 2007 - Nov 2007
  • Selected for a Channel 4 Show called Debutantes to direct a music video within a week for an artist: Leon Jean Marie signed to Universal records with a budget of £10K. Worked with producer Gail Mosley and a cast and crew of 35 people. https://vimeo.com/56462161

Education

2008

BA(Hons) Fine New Media

Central Saint Martins School of Art

Aug 2005 - Jun 2008

    2005

    Art Design

    Chelsea School of Art and Design

    Aug 2004 - Jun 2005
    • Foundation in Art and Design

    Awards

    2016

    Emerging Creative for Film and Tv at The Hospital Club

    • 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

    2015

    Selected for b3Media's Talentlab film development

    2012

    Best Drama film, Limelight film awards 2012

    • Won the best drama for my short film Clench-What are you fighting for? https://vimeo.com/56461668

    2012

    Best Short Film, Born Shorts Festival 2012

    • I won the best short film for my short film Clench- What are you fighting for? https://vimeo.com/56461668

    2012

    Channel 4 People Development Award for being 'Fearless'

    • I won the 'Fearless' Award being part of the '3 Minutes' Scheme hosted by Carve Productions and Channel 4 part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. https://vimeo.com/54167744