Mohamed Kordofani
Kordofani's directorial debut, GOODBYE JULIA, made history as the first Sudanese film to make it into the official selections of the Cannes Film Festival at the Un Certain Regard and won its Freedom Prize.

The film's success continued after Cannes, embarking on a triumphant festival run and collecting 27 awards. With its way paved by critical acclaim, the film enjoyed a solid commercial release in the Arab World and France, playing in over 50 cinemas. In Egypt, it became the highest-grossing non-Egyptian Arab film at its box office during its seven-week run. It also recorded impressive revenues in Saudi Arabia.

What's the best advice you have ever been given - or given to others?
Writing is rewriting, so develop your script.

What has been your biggest setback/hurdle?
That it is not entertainment, first and foremost.

What will have the greatest game-changing effect on Arab cinema?
Freedom of speech.