Ismael Ferroukhi is a French-Moroccan film director and screenwriter. Born in Kenitra in 1962, Ferroukhi migrated to France in his youth and grew up in a small city in the south. He gained exposure in 1992 with his short film L’Exposé, which won two prizes (Kodak and Best Short Film prize) at Cannes Film Festival. His directorial debut, “Le Grand Voyage”, won the Lion of the Future (Best Debut Feature award) at Venice Film Festival in 2004. His last film Free Men was screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2011.