Darine Hotait is an award winning writer and film director. She received her Masters degree in screenwriting and directing from the Art Center College of Design in California. In 2009, she founded Cinephilia Productions, an independent film production house, in Los Angeles then later in New York, specializing in the production of narrative short and feature films with strong affiliation with the Middle East and Africa.
Darine wrote and directed a number of short films that went on to win prestigious awards at International film festivals. Her awards and recognitions include 'EMMY award Finalist', 'Best Short Film at Evolution FF, 'Audience Award' at Zero FF, 'Nominated for a Best Foreign Film' at International Filmmaker Festival, 'Honorable Mention' at the Los Angeles International FF...and many more. Her work was also featured in the Journal of Short Film, an Ohio State University DVD publication.
Darine wrote her debut science fiction feature film 'Symphony of a Flood' which made it to the top finalist list at the Hearst Screenwriting Competition and the Sundance Sloan Competition. The screenplay has been optioned and currently in financing.
Darine script doctored over 120 screenplays and mentored around 20 workshops on screenwriting in the Middle East, Africa and USA. Aside from screenwriting and directing, Darine is a published playwright, short story writer and poet. Her work appeared in various publications in the US, the UK and the Middle East.
Darine is passionate about the rapid scientific evolution, the technological advancement in the fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and their effects on the Human evolution. This shows in her work that has been lately focusing on science fiction genre and especially reviving the genre in Arabic cinema.
She resides in New York City.