Gauthier-Charbel Raad is a French-Lebanese filmmaker and producer, living between Paris, Beirut and the United States. He graduated with two Masters in Production and Film Directing. Gauthier has participated in several festivals with his documentaries and short films and has won numerous awards. In 2018, created the Lebanese Independent Film Festival – LIFF in his homeland, the largest local and international film competition in Lebanon, despite censorship. The festival’s mission is to promote local and international independent films and to support the development of the film industry; and this by having a platform that brings together local, international artists and cinema lovers. Gauthier is also developing the American and Canadian subsidiaries of LIFF: CIFF and IFF, and is a founding member of the Lebanese Film Festival of France (FFLF).