Iraqi Kurdish filmmaker Philip Jamal Rachid was born in 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria and raised in Amsterdam.
He is a self taught Writer, Director, Producer & Consultant. His love for cinema started when his grandmother worked at an art house Cinema and took Philip along to watch films while babysitting.
His independent films always have Humanitarian themes. His first recognition came when he shot a short film on a Flip cam in Kurdistan 2011 and the film was screened at the Duhok International Film Festival and nominated in San Diego Kurdish Youth Film festival. In 2014 he won the Samsung Short film competition at The Dubai International Film Festival.
After that he won the Silver Act Responsible award in Cannes for a UN Female Rights awareness campaign in 2015.
With his new short films “The Moonlight Rider”, “SHE” and Hoody Man, he has been nominated and won 15 awards Internationally.
He has been commissioned by big International Groups, Companies and Brands to make their (promo) films. Clients include, #Mydubai, Mleiha, Adnoc, ENOC, Habtoor, OASIS Water, Renaissance, and FIFA. Just to name a few.
Currently he resides in Dubai and Consults his experience and shares his knowledge with new generation peers through workshops and lectures at NYU-Abu Dhabi, SAE, Studio TwoFour54 ImageNation, and Panasonic Master classes.