Alqattan always had a general interest in film, which he eventually followed by writing and directing several shorts before enrolling at New York Film Academy. In 2017, he earned his BFA in Filmmaking from NYFA’s Burbank-based campus.
Since graduating, Alqattan has hosted a filmmaking workshop at WOW Middle East in Dubai and was a guest speaker at the Women Economic Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—the first of its kind. Additionally, he has served as administrative director at Areen Academy in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
In 2016, Alqattan began production on Amal, a short film about a young girl whose father dies in a Paris attack and must deal with the repercussions the tragedy takes on her and her mother.
In addition to winning Best Shorts Competition, Amal was a finalist in both the World of Women Film Fair Middle East and Miami Epic Trailer Festival, as well as a semi-finalist in the San Mauro Film Festival. It has also been an Official Selection at numerous other fests, including the Largo Film Awards, Kazan Film Festival, Ouchy Film Awards, Los Angeles CineFest, Fair International Film Festival, Qumara International Film Festival, 2nd Asian International Film Festival, WIND International Film Festivals & World Humanitarian Awards, and Steps International Short Film Festival
Alqattan is keeping busy as a filmmaker and is currently shooting a proof of concept short for Needle in Thread, as well as working on the feature version of the script.
New York Film Academy congratulates BFA Filmmaking alum Hani Alqattan on the success of Amal and wishes him the best of luck as his career after NYFA continues to steadily move forward!