Farrah ALHashem or  known as Farrah Zaine  is an award-winning Kuwaiti -Lebanese filmmaker & journalist based in Paris. Born in Kuwait, raised between Beirut, New York, London and Los Angeles. 


In 2009 ALHashem Graduated from Lebanese American University (LAU) with a BA in Communication Arts in Beirut, and received her Masters of Fine Arts  (M.F.A) in Cinematography and filmmaking from New York Film Academy in New York and LA 2013. 

ALHashem has been taught by renowned Hollywood directors like  the Late Gary Marshal and his son Scott Marshal, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg and supervised by award-winning cinematographer Piero Basso at NYFA Universal Studios Campus in Hollywood.

In 2013 while working as a diplomatic advisor for Kuwait Mission to the UN in New York HQ, she has made her first critically acclaimed short film "7hours" that toured over 31 cities around the world part of its award as "Best Short Film" in European Film Festival Paris 2014 in the Arab Category. The film grossed international success by landing another 2 wins at the Santa Monica Film Festival in California, as "Best Acting" & "Best Screenplay." 

ALHashem has established her own film house entitled "VioletSkye Films"  in 2014 in  Beirut and the company is registered in Lebanon as a production company dedicated only in creating content for web and cinema. 

In 2015, ALHashem released her  critically acclaimed and award-winning debut feature-doc film Breakfast in Beirut.  After touring the world, the film has received enormous media attention and recognition in Italy, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Paris and Australia.  

In 2015 as well ALHashem has decided to release unedited footage, behind the scenes of Breakfast in Beirut under a web-series on youtube entitled" Beirut secrets" that follows the life of the filmmaker ALHashem while living in Beirut. 

In 2017 ALHashem has released her second feature film "ces petits riens"which will tour in International festivals starting fall 2017. 

ALHashem is a visual artist who works on side projects, and publishes seasonal pieces in Arabic, French and English on Prelude Magazine. 



  • "Best Screenplay" at Women Independent Film Festival Santa Monica in Los Angeles, CA 2013 for Short Film "7hours" 

  • "Best Short Film" at European Independent Film Festival in Paris, France in Section Du Monde Arabe 2014 for Short Film " 7hours" 

  • "Best Actress" at Women Independent Film Festival Santa Monica in Los Angeles, CA 2013 for Short Film "7hours" 

  • "Special Mention From Jury" In Nour Sherif section for Feature Length films at Alexandria and Mediterranean  countries Film Festival, Egypt 2015

  • "Special Honorable screening" at Made in. Gallery in Venice, Italy for Film Breakfast in Beirut 2015

  • Official Avant Premiere for "La Fraise" Thesis Short Film at Warner Brothers Theater in Hollywood, California 2012 

  • Nominated "Film of the Year" Breakfast in Beirut at Lebanese Film Festival in Sydney,  Australia 2015 

  • Official Selection for Film "Marilyn Monroe in New York" in Florida Central Film Festival 2012

  • Official Selection on ECU at Cannes Short corner 2014 for Film "7hours" 

  • Official Selection at International Arts Expo in Italy for Film "7hours" 2014

  • Official Selection at Cabriolet Film Festival for "7hours" 2014 

  • Official Avant Premiere at Metropolis Sofil Theater for Breakfast in Beirut ( Full House Night) 2014 

  • Honorable Award for Breakfast in Beirut by Ministry of Culture, Beirut 2014 

  • Official Selection at Lumiere international Film Festival, Rome Italy for Breakfast in Beirut 2016 

  • Breakfast in Beirut among  top 5 films that represent Beirut in Films according to LAHA Magazine 2015

  • Breakfast in Beirut Art Festival in Venice, Curated by Made in Gallery and Municipality of Treviso as an honorable tribute to Breakfast in Beirut award-winning Film 2016

  • Room 504 – Short Video’s Official Premiere part of IDraw:to Live Rescue exhibition for Syrian Refugees by Made in Art Gallery and curated by venetian Curator Enas ELKorashe September 2016

Writings and Web-Series

  • Critic's Choice in Assafir Newspaper for Beirut Secrets web-series 2015

  • Articles and Personal essays published in a Book by Creative Book Club, Kuwait 2001

  • 1st Place for memorizing complete Rules and articles of Kuwait Institution competition by Ministry of Information 2003

  • 2nd place in Painting competition by "Wiyyakom" NGO for Drug addiction awareness Kuwait 2002 

  • 1st Place in Painting Competition by "Kuwait National TV" 1998 

  • Honorable award for managing Radio Arabic and Poetry Station at Jabriya High school 1997-2000

  • “Film of the week” Official selection at Once a week Film Festival – Online 2014 for "7hours"