After his studies at NYU Filmschool, Jacques Akchoti worked in different areas of film production with directors such as Robert Bresson, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Lars Von Trier.
He then became a screenwriter and script consultant, and headed the development of many French and international films for cinema and television that obtained selections and awards at major film festivals. Most recently, A Screaming Man by Haroun Mahamat Saleh, Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
He directed a feature film for television and has written several screenplays. His script, Don’t Look back, a film by Marina De Van featuring Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci, was part of the Official Selection of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Jacques has been teaching writing and directing at the Femis (National French Filmschool) since 1988 and has facilitated many international screenwriting and development workshops, among which EAVE, Sud Ecriture, DV8 films, Vision Cinema, Ekran, Interchange, etc.