Ferroukhi was born in Kenitra. He gained exposure with his 1992 short film L'Exposé, which won the Kodak Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Following, Ferroukhi co-wrote the Cédric Kahn film Trop de Bonheur (1994).
His directorial debut Le Grand Voyage, produced by Humbert Balsan and Ognon Pictures, won the Lion of the Future "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award for a First Feature Film at the 61st Venice Film Festival in 2004.
Awards and nominations
- "L'Exposé" (1993) (Kodak Short Film Award, 1993 Cannes Film Festival)
- Le Grand Voyage (2004) (Nomination: Golden Star, Marrakech International Film Festival)
- Le Grand Voyage (2004) (Luigi De Laurentiis Award, Venice Film Festival)
- Le Grand Voyage (2005) (Best Film, Mar del Plata Film Festival)
- Le Grand Voyage (2006) (Nomination: Best Film not in the English Language, BAFTA film award)
- Lion of the Future for Ismaël Ferroukhi by Fabien Lemercier, http://www.euromedcafe.org, September 21, 2004, retrieved April 4, 2006
- BBC World Service profile from 2005
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