Over his 10+ years of experience, Georges Schoucair has developed and produced critically acclaimed [and award-winning] independent movies and has actively contributed to the establishment of an attractive and globally acknowledged environment for film investments in Lebanon and to the development of the Lebanese cinema, one of the most promising cinemas being created in the Middle-East today.
As a producer, Georges was able to develop strong relationships with prominent Arab and international film professionals and has closely worked with award winning directors (such as Kaouther Ben Hania, Ivo Ferreira, Alain Gomis, Annemarie Jacir, Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas, Mohammad Malas, Lucretia Martel, Shirin Neshat, Asli Ozge, Rafi Pitts, Ghassan Salhab, Bill Plympton, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vatche Boulghourjian) and internationally recognized actors (such as Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Richard, Nadine Labaki, Nada Abou Farhat, Diamand Bou Abboud). His films have been exhibited at international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Venice, Locarno, Karlovy Vary…
In parallel to Abbout Productions, Georges founded MC Distribution, a distribution company which releases Arab and international films in the Middle-East, and has been since 2008 the active vice-president of Metropolis, a differentiated art house cinema venture in Beirut. His most recent endeavor is Schortcut Films, which objective is to identify and invest in high quality international independent films.
Myriam Sassine majored in audiovisual studies at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 2005, and received her M.A. in cinema research in 2009. She started working in 2005 as a story producer on reality shows and directed a short video, No Connection (2006), which was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival 2007 and screened in various international film festivals and art galleries.
In 2010, Myriam Sassine worked for two years in content development with Lucky Monkey Pictures (USA) and Abbout Productions (Lebanon). In 2012, she became an Associate Producer at Abbout Productions working on several features such as The Valley by Ghassan Salhab (TIFF 2014/ Berlinale Forum 2015), Tramontane by Vatche Boulghourjian (Cannes Critic’s Week 2016). She produced the feature films All This Victory by Ahmad Ghossein (Venice Critic’s Week Grand Prize and Audience Award winner 2019) and 1982 by Oualid Mouaness (TIFF 2019) Lebanon Factory (Opened the Directors’ Fortnight- Cannes 2017) and the restoration of Ila Ayn? the first Lebanese auteur film (Cannes Classics 2017). Myriam also produces feature documentaries such as e muet by Corine Shawi (Fid Marseille 2013/ KVIFF 2015), A Time to Rest by Myriam El Hajj (Visions du Réel- Nyon 2015), Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno 2017) and Amal by Mohamed Siam (Idfa 2017/ Hot Docs 2018).
Myriam is an alumni of DocMed (2011) programme for Arab Documentary producers, Berlinale Talents (2014), Torino Film Lab Feature Lab (2018) and EAVE Producer’s Workshop (2019). Since 2016, she is the COO of Schortcut Films, dedicated to coproducing international features such Félicité by Alain Gomis (Silver Bear at 2017 Berlinale) and It Must be Heaven by Elia Suleiman (Cannes Competition 2019). In 2016, she cofounded Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first fantastic film festival in the Middle East and acts as the festival’s director.
Antoine Waked studied film directing at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA). After graduating, he worked as a story producer and segment director on several television shows. He has directed three short movies: Le Matelas (2004), Giallo (2005) and the award winning animated film The Big Fall (2005). Since 2005, he has been giving courses at his former university ALBA, where he teaches writing and directing. He is currently working as a screenwriter and development executive with Abbout Productions and as a creative consultant with Schortcut Films.
Antoine also took part in the Torino Film Lab Interchange program as a script consultant trainee and the “writing for television” seminar with John Truby in Paris. He wrote a segment of the omnibus film A Quintet (2014) that premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the Chelsea Film Festival. He also directed with Badih Massaad, A Certain Nasser (2017) a feature documentary about pioneer Lebanese filmmaker Georges Nasser.
Antoine is the artistic director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first Fantastic Fest in the Arab world.
Christian Eid holds a bachelor degree in Cinema from USEK- Lebanon (2009) and a masters in Digital Communication and Project Management from Paris 8- France (2017).
In 2010, he joined Abbout Productions as a Production Coordinator and currently is a Production Supervisor on the company’s feature films. He participated in Berlinale Talents 2013 and Beirut Locarno Industry Academy International 2018.
He is currently working on We are from there, his first feature documentary as a producer.
Christian also works as a Communication Officer and Community Manager for film festivals and cinema associations such as La Semaine de la Critique- Cannes, Maskoon Fantastic Film Fest- Beirut...
Renée Awit studied filmmaking and audiovisual arts at The Institute of Theatre, Audiovisual and Cinematographic Studies (IESAV) of the Saint- Joseph's University. After graduating in 2010, she worked as a segment director and editor on several reality TV shows. She directed two shorts films: the award winning film Au Milieu des Autres (2010) which was screened in various international film festivals and L'Une et L'Autre (2012) and two short documentaries: Grandpa's Cinema (2008) and Familiar Stranger (2015).
She also directed and edited numerous videos and cultural films and was the General Coordinator of many cinematographic projects, workshops and film events.
She started working in 2014 as an Assistant Producer at Abbout Productions.
Mike Malajalian studied film directing at the Lebanese University - Institute of Fine Arts, after a Master's degree in Graphic Design & Visual Communication in the same university.
After graduating, he worked as an art director in many advertising agencies and as a freelance Graphic Designer. He has directed many short movies including La Femme aux Raisins (2011) which was awarded the Silver Aleph at the Beirut International Film Festival (2012) and was selected at film festivals in Bulgaria, USA & Australia, & Gli occhi di Aldo (2014) which he shot in south Italy and was selected in many festivals. He also directed short documentaries, music videos and commercials, and has worked within the organizing teams of many film festivals in Lebanon.
Since June 2015, he joined the Abbout Productions team as Production Coordinator.
Born in Lebanon in 1982, Badih Massaad studied film directing at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and graduated with high honors in 2005. His graduation short film Badkon shi…t? participated in many international film festivals, like Clermont Ferrand and the short film festival at Tangier, and won le Prix Spécial du Jury at the European Film Festival in Beirut of that same year. Since 2004, Badih has worked as a Director and 1st Assistant Director on many TV commercials, music videos and short films. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2006. Since 2012 Badih started teaching directing and editing at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (Alba). He co-directed the feature documentary A Certain Nasser (2017) along with Antoine Waked - a film about the life and films of the founding father of Lebanese cinema Georges Nasser. Badih has now recently joined MC Distribution and Abbout Productions, entering the world of distribution in the Middle-East.