Youssef Ouarrak


Joesef Ouarrak, an award-winning director born in Sweden to Moroccan parents, followed his true passion for filmmaking after a career change. With a background in Marketing, he enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he focused on directing, screenwriting and editing.

His first notable short film, "The Safest Place," fearlessly tackled challenging subject matter, showcasing his dedication to build his own style and vision. His breakthrough short film "Breathe" brought worldwide acclaim, earning the Grand Prize for Best Editing at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and recognition as Best Director at Northeast Film Festival in New Jersey.

Continuing his success, his next short film "Square Root" made the final shortlist at the Cannes Film Festival. It featured some of the top actors from Poland; Cezary Pazura, Danuta Stenka and Kinga Preis. It world premiered at one of the best indie festivals in the US, the Tallgrass Film Festival. His first feature film "One Summer Afternoon" received a nationwide theatrical release in Poland and premiered on HBO MAX. Currently, he completed his second feature film, "Mum", and is awaiting its festival premiere.

He's also enthusiastic about genre films, currently working on a horror film with a top producer from Poland and pitching a highly rated pre-historic script to Hollywood.