is specialized in Linear and immersive Animation

Multimedia art direction and visual narrative creation

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Ali is a Visual Artist, Immersive Narrative Conceptor, Multimedia Creative Director and Animation Director living and working in Montreal, Canada. He works with textual, analog, digital, virtual, video and immersive media. 

Ali has twenty two years of experience in linear and immersive animated storytelling, he has collaborated locally on projects with studios like MomentFactory, Dailytouslesjours, Float4, Kngfu, and Lietmotiv as well as international independent visual artists and film makers like Nim Shapira, Akram Zaatari, Ghassan Salhab, Razan Alsalah, Katrine Dirckinck Holmfeld and Danae Elon. The work he participated in was featured in international festivals like Siggraph, BIFAN, Cannes XR, FNC, Slamdance, W3, Tribeca film festival, Berlinale, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Biennale, ACM SIGGRAPH, RIDM, Toronto film festival and many others festivals.

In 2010, Ali co-established The Council for visual affairs. The Council is a creative studio that specializes in linear and immersive narratives. Its work is distinguished by its multidisciplinary approach to convergent media and by the diversity of its application (Film, art, design, culture, entertainment, education and social engagement). 

Ali’s interest in immersive and interactive media grew while working on projects combining virtual reality with participatory theatre, entertainment and communication, documentary, fiction and animation. As a multimedia Art Director and Animation Director, Ali has invested a lot of his new research into pursuing his interest in immersive artforms. He worked on the art direction of Hotspot, a VR / theatre hybrid by author Patricia Bergeron that was presented at the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire (RIDM) in 2018 and currently collaborating on the sequel of the project to be released by the end of 2022. 


In 2018 Ali also directed the animation work on Bystanding VR – The Feingold Syndrome, a relatively modest project that ended up gaining world recognition (Official Selection at Tribeca, Siggraph, BIFAN, Cannes XR, FNC, Slamdance, and Gold winner at the W3 and Lovie Awards).

Ali’s visual artworks has been exhibited and screened internationally at festivals and galleries including Auberhausen film festival-Germany, Le Tarmac-Paris, Goethe institute-Istanbul, The Second Riwaq Biennale-Palestine, Tokyo Wonder Site-Shibuya, La Marechalerie contemporary art center-Paris, 16 Beaver Group-NewYork, AlmostReal Ashkal Alwan-Beirut, the Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon and the MAI Montreal.
 
Ali has worked as an assistant professor for seven years with teaching and advising experiences in art and design. He studied visual arts, computer science and visual effects for film production. He served as a jury member of several animation festivals including Beirut animated film festival.

Expertise

Creative & Art Direction 

Interactive & Immersive Animation

User experience design

Motion Design & Motion Branding

Visual Content Creation

Creative & Technical R&D