Eva Sayre, Business Director
Ms. Sayre is the Business Director of Veritas Films since its inception in 2008, overseeing company strategy, operations and executive production of all projects. She is an alumna of “Berlinale Talents” (2016) and the British Council’s “Cultural Leader and Innovator” program (2013).
Her first film Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times) was released in 2010 and has gone on to become one of the Arab world’s most awarded documentaries. With this project, Sayre secured the broadest distribution ever achieved by a documentary produced in the GCC and made history by completing the first Academy Awards qualification campaign for a film out of the United Arab Emirates.
Sayre achieved another landmark with her second feature-length film, Champ of the Camp (2013), in securing unprecendented permits to film in the labor camps of the Arabian Gulf region. It offers the world an unprecedented look into the lives of the millions of Indian and Pakistani laborers behind the scenes of Dubai, through the unique perspective of a singing competition which gives the men a chance to pursue their dreams of Bollywood glory amidst a life of manual labor.
Other production credits include Kismet, a documentary co-production across four countries which premiered in competition at the 2013 International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam.
Sayre is an American national holding two magna cum laude degrees from Duke University. She has nearly 15 years of experience in corporate strategic analysis and management across North America, Europe, and the GCC. She formerly worked in a senior advisory capacity at entities as diverse as the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, Dubai Holding, and The Parthenon Group, and has been honored to receive several “Employee of the Year” designations in her various positions.
In her spare time, Eva is a mad baker and also enjoys vinyasa yoga, scrabble, DIY anything, Excel modeling, and listening to great music (from vintage Bollywood soundtracks to dubstep and almost everything in between).