Christophe Nassif

Filmmaker

screenwriter – director – sound

Short Story

Christophe is an award winning French-Lebanese filmmaker, who focuses on the crafts of screenwriting, directing, and sound—not necessarily in that order.

A USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate, Christophe has worked in post-production sound on over 30 films, all the while writing and directing his own projects.

Christophe also enjoys pasta making, knitting, and crochet.

Long Story

Born in Monaco to an Italian mother and a Lebanese father, Christophe Nassif is a French-Lebanese award-winning filmmaker, who focuses on the crafts of screenwriting, directing, and sound—not necessarily in that order.

From 2008 to 2011, Christophe pursued a Masters of Fine Arts in Cinema-Television at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, whose notable alumni include Ron Howard, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Shonda Rhimes, Josh Schwartz, Bryan Singer, John August, Walter Murch, Gary Rydstrom, and more. There, he received the Jack Nicholson Directing Award, the Don Thompson Scholarship in Cinematic Arts, and a USC Annenberg Fellowship. He also was a founding member of QueerCut, the film school’s LGBT+ student association.

In 2010, Christophe interned with the Television Academy Foundation at Larson Studios in Hollywood, and his sound work on the short film THE MAIDEN AND THE PRINCESS got a Motion Picture Sound Editors Verna Fields Award nomination in 2012.

In 2011, the student short film he directed, WHAT TO BRING TO AMERICA, played in various festivals over the world, received six nominations and won four awards, including the Outstanding 1st Time Director award at DC Shorts (2011). It was also sold to Italian television DIVA Universal in 2012.

In 2012, Christophe moved to Paris and became assistant to Academy-Award nominees Sergio Díaz and Vincent Arnardi on the sound editing and re-recording mixing of such films as Amat Escalante’s HELI (Best Director, 2013 Cannes Film Festival), THE UNTAMED (Best Director, 2016 Venice Film Festival), and Jonás Cuarón’s DESIERTO (Critics’ Award, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival). Between 2009 and 2020, Christophe sound edited and/or mixed over thirty films, both shorts and features, in Paris and Brussels.

While pursuing his Sound career, Christophe moved back behind the camera in 2015, with the short film UNE CRAVATE. In 2017, he workshopped his feature screenplay CLUB 534 at the Rawi Screenwriters Lab (Royal Film Commission Jordan / Sundance Institute), and furthered its development at the 2018 Re-Writing Workshop in Beirut (Fondation Liban Cinéma) where he won the BCP Prize. That same year, Christophe workshopped his musical short screenplay STEPHANIE OF BADARO at the Cinephilia Screenwriting Lab for Shorts at the Arab World Institute in Paris, where he won the Best Screenplay award.

In 2019, Christophe’s first feature project, the musical rêverie set in Lebanon HIGH HEEL HAKAWATI, competed in the Fiction in Development category at the Beirut Cinema Platform (Beirut DC). He also participated at the Global Media Makers directing workshop in Beirut (Fondation Liban Cinéma / Film Independent), and was a jury member at the Lebanese Independent Film Festival. Christophe also produced a music video in Paris for Palestinian pianist Faraj Suleiman. He then wrote and directed in Beirut the sci-fi/environmental short film THERE ARE NO LIONS ON MARS, produced by Dewberries Films, a week before the Lebanese uprising.

In 2020, after the first wave of the pandemic, Christophe moved to Heidelberg, Germany. There, he furthered the development of HIGH HEEL HAKAWATI with the support of the Fondation Liban Cinéma and the Villa Kult in Berlin. Christophe then entered the months-long Groupe Ouest / Arte France TV Series Pre-Writing workshop, where he began writing a European comedy series.

In 2021, Christophe wrote and directed the desktop comedy short film DOPPELKLICK, produced by Tausendsassa Filmproduktion, with a grant from the Heinrich-Böll Stiftung Baden-Württemberg. Christophe also completed the TV Series workshop, as well as post-production on THERE ARE NO LIONS ON MARS, all while taking a four-months intensive German course.

Struggling to think in a single language, Christophe speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently, and he continues to polish his German and Arabic skills—admittedly with some difficulty. An avid knitter and crocheter, he currently resides with his husband in Heidelberg and keeps developing stories between Europe and Lebanon.

Director

Short Films

There Are No Lions On Mars

5 min | France-Lebanon

2021

Doppelklick

8 min | Germany

2021

Une Cravate

2 min | France

2015

What to Bring to America

15 min | USA

2010

Pas de Trois

5 min | USA

2009

Sound Editor / Re-recording mixer

A Selection of Feature & Short Films

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