Christophe Nassif



Christophe is a young award-winning filmmaker living between Paris and Beirut, currently in development for his debut feature film. Below, the short film What to Bring to America, along with his director’s reel.


  1. What to Bring to America, Trailer
  2. What to Bring to America
    (password: watchthefilm)
  3. Directing Reel

What to Bring to America, a short film around the issue of female genital cutting in the L.A. Ethiopian community, has played in various festivals, was sold to Italian television DIVA, and has won awards in the U.S. and Europe :


Screenings & Awards

What to Bring to America




Women’s Prize
Le Temps Presse Film Festival (Nov 2013)
Paris, France

DIVA Universal Award
Social World Film Festival (May 2012)
Vico Equense, Italy

Outstanding 1st Time Director
DC Shorts (Sep 2011)
Washington DC, U S A

Special Mention
Monaco Charity Film Festival (May 2011)
Monaco, Monaco

Black Harvest Film Festival (Aug 2012)
Chicago, U S A


Cleveland International Film Festival (Mar 2012)
Cleveland, U S A

Pan African Film Festival (Feb 2012)
Los Angeles, U S A

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival Curta Cinema (Nov 2011)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

New Orleans Film Festival (Oct 2011)
New Orleans, U S A

Austin Film Festival (Oct 2011)
Austin, U S A


Lady Filmmaker Film Festival (Oct 2011)
Beverly Hills, U S A

Artivist Film Festival (Aug 2011)
Los Angeles, U S A

Filmforum Zadar (Aug 2011)
Zadar, Croatia

Albuquerque Film Festival (Aug 2011)
Albuquerque, U S A

San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival (Apr 2011)
San Sebastian, Spain



Since his school training under Midge Costin and a M.P.S.E. Verna Fields Award nomination for The Maiden and the Princess, Christophe has worked as a dialogue editor on such films as La Dernière Echappée (a French TV feature for France 2) and Danièle Thompson’s Cézanne et Moi. He also cut ADR on Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto, working under sound editor Sergio Díaz (Into the WildPan’s LabyrinthBabel).

Re-recording Mixing

Having learned from instructors such as Chris Jenkins and Tom Holman, Christophe then had the opportunity to shadow two Primetime Emmy Award winning re-recording mixers, Fred Tator and Chris Philp, during an Emmy Foundation Summer Internship.

Christophe now works as a freelance re-recording mixer. He has assisted Academy Award Nominee Vincent Arnardi (Amélie, The City of Lost ChildrenDelicatessenLittle BuddhaRevolver, Alexander) on various films, including Amat Escalante’s La Región Salvaje, Heli, and Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto.

Born in Monaco, a citizen of France and Lebanon, Christophe is a proud Third Culture Kid who has lived in five countries and who enjoys his acute “identity-nitis.” He speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently, polishes his German, and is currently learning Arabic.

After graduating with a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, Christophe obtained his M.F.A. in Cinema-Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. He was an Annenberg Fellow and a recipient of the Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts and the Jack Nicholson Scholarship in Directing.

Christophe was a Rawi Screenwriters Lab 2017 fellow, and he recently won the BCP Prize at the Fondation Liban Cinéma Re-writing Workshop 2018.

Photo by Didier Gaillard-Hohlweg.