Elyes Baccar was born in Tunisia and lives in Austin, Texas. He is a well acclaimed and an award-winning International Director and Screenwriter of feature films, documentaries, series and TV formats. He studied Directing at the French Film School (CLCF), attended the European Foundation of Motion Pictures’ (FEMIS) training program in Paris and the Cultural Manager Program at Goethe Institute in Berlin.
He also founded ACTIF – a Cultural NGO in Tunisia- and organized the International Human Rights Film Festival, and was appointed as the first President of FACT, the UNESCO’s Forum of Tunisian Cultural Associations.
Elyes Baccar started his career as an assistant director to several Tunisian and international films including Star Wars (directed by George Lucas) and Desert of Fire (directed by Enzo G. Castellari, starring Claudia Cardinale and Vittorio Gassman).
He later directed feature films, short films, TV commercials and Theatre plays.
Fluent in Arabic, English and French, it was easy for Baccar to develop a successful international profile. He produced and directed several features and documentaries. In 2006 he directed Hia w’Houa (She & He), his first long feature film which participated in international film festivals. His movies “Rouge Parole” and “Tunis by Night” were critically acclaimed and won several international prizes.