bafta student awards 2018 - shortlist


Writer / Director / Executive Producer
Areej Mahmoud is a Fulbright Fellow currently completing an MFA in Cinema Directing at Columbia College Chicago. Areej holds a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and works in a variety of creative fields that are focused on telling human stories. From 2011 to 2016 he held the position of Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett Beirut. Before making his move into filmmaking, he worked for twelve years in advertising. He was awarded at Cannes Lions, D&AD, New York Festivals, Dubai Lynx, and Epica. He also Co-authored & Illustrated the children books "Is This a Passport Photo", "What's the color of the sea" and "Moon”. 

Alexander Halstead

Alex Halstead is cinematographer who has been working to creating emotional imagry in Chicago for the past 5 years. In addition to shooting an indie sci-fi feature, Alex has found himself creating the visual grammar for various narrative shorts, music videos and documentary-style projects. While Alex loves cinematography with a more minimal style, he is especially excited by a more active camera and pungent lighting which can ebb and flow with the cadence of the actors. Alex will be shooting his second feature in Summer 2018. 

Tyler Hazard

Tyler Hazard is an independent filmmaker who has written and produced a number of short films in the Chicago area. Most of his films have made festival screenings including the short film MODERN GUILT, which screened at the Short Cut 100 International Film Festival.  Hazard specializes in producing a variety of genres that appeal to international audiences such as the short films SANTHANA GOPALA and WHAT REMAINS, as well as dark comedies, which include MINUTIA and SAY SOMETHING FUNNY. Hazard received his BA in Film and Media Arts at the University of Tampa and will recieve his MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia College Chicago in May 2018.

The Bunny Tylers

The Bunny Tylers
 is a coldwave drone/ambient duet from Beirut, Lebanon, composed by two adventurous musicians from the new Beirut scene: Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs, Malayeen, The Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra) and Fadi Tabbal (The Incompetents, Scrambled Eggs, Safar, Interbellum, Tunefork Studios). 
Electric krautrock landscapes for an improvised dream in Technicolor.



Amro Salama

Amro Salama
is an American actor of Egyptian descent. He is referred to as "The New Ethnic Everyman" by a prominent L.A. casting office.  Amro made his Goodman Theatre debut in the fall of 2017 as Ali in the Jeff Nominated play Yasmina's Necklace by Rohina Malick. He can currently be seen on TV in the recurring role of Habib on Showtime's "The Chi". Habib is a successful immigrant who runs and owns a corner store on the South Side of Chicago with a caring heart but a suspicious disposition.

Joshua Michael Shine

Joshua Michael Shine
was raised in Bay City Texas. He has been performing stand up comedy all over the country since 2013... and moved to Chicago in 2015 to train at Acting Studio Chicago. After booking his first film and commercial leads in 2017... he decided to move to Atlanta where he continues to pursue stand up and on camera acting. When he’s not performing you can find him on the golf course hitting 300 yard drives directly into the trees.



Public Screenings

What Remains is scheduled for release by Fall 2018.
Screening dates are coming soon. 


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