Cyril Aris

New York, NY, USA


Lebanese writer/director. His feature documentary, ‘The Swing’ (2018), premiered in Karlovy Vary and won awards in El-Gouna, Rome, London, Budapest and Tunisia. The Hollywood reporter called it an ‘intimate and moving […] meditation on truth, love and lies in the face of illness and death’. His fiction short ‘The President’s Visit’ (2017), premiered in Toronto (TIFF), won awards in Dubai, Nashville, the NBR in the US and played in over 70 film festivals. Aris holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®. Currently, he is in development for ‘It’s a Sad and Beautiful World’, selected at the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, the Screenwriter Colony in Nantucket, the CineGouna platform in Egypt, a residency at the Cité des Arts in Paris, and won the ART award at the Beirut Cinema Platform.