Aksel Rifman’s journey to the world of film started when he moved from his hometown in northern Morocco to Spain to study topography and architecture. After realizing this was not his calling, Aksel decided to leave these studies to follow his dream of directing. He started by taking classes on editing, N&G camera, screenwriting, sound, and directing classes.
He went after that to direct 3 music videos and 5 short films between Spain & Morocco. In 2010 the Moroccan channel 8 hired him to direct 30 episodes of a single camera Berber sitcom “Where You Will Get Lost” He co-wrote 18 episodes, edited 12 of them & directed 30. In 2012 he acted as a Cinematographer, Editor and Co-producer of the web series “Last Laff” and a short film “Before The First Sight” in Chicago. In 2013 he directed and was a cinematographer for his own screenplay that was his first feature, “The Killing Silence,” for the Moroccan channel 8. The Killing Silence won best screenplay in Meknes Tv Festival in 2014. Also, in the same year he directed 30 episode of the sitcom “2 x 2″ for channel 8. In 2014 he directed a short film “My Toys” and “Tear Collector” also was a cinematographer and editor for short film “For the Record.” In 2015 he co directed a short film “Our Vows.”
At the moment, Aksel is working on his next feature film.
Name: Aksel Rifman
Lives in: Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Director and Screenwriter