Schortcut Films (“Schortcut”) is a company dedicated to financing and producing independent feature films. It was founded by Georges Schoucair, best known for producing some of the most critically acclaimed Lebanese films.

Schortcut’s aim is to support differentiated and ambitious independent films, which feature stories transcending boundaries and cultures, and are able to appeal to an internationally-wide audience while at the same time respond to an increasing demand for an alternative, engaging and stimulating cinema.

Building on the decade-long success of Schoucair’s production house, Abbout Productions (, Schortcut currently backs renowned producers and new talents in making diverse genre “author films” with imaginative scenarios and support them in finding the necessary funding for their productions, with a purpose of commercial success.

Cannes Film Review: "The Unknown Saint"

Alissa Simon // Variety

A droll, entertaining, absurdist fable about spirituality and greed.

Beautifully shot and ideally cast, debuting Moroccan writer-director Alaa Eddine Aljem’s “The Unknown Saint” is a droll, [...]

SFS Interview: Annemarie Jacir Writer-Director of “Wajib”

Singapore Film Society

SFS: We find the traditional custom of physically sending wedding invitations to relatives and friends fascinating. Is this something unique to Palestinian culture and what [...]

Why a large proportion of the Arab world's best filmmakers are women

Kaleem Aftab / The National

In the US, only about 5 per cent of directors are women and 12 per cent in Europe. In Palestine and Lebanon, that figure is [...]

Gaya Jiji's 'Belle de Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot


Manal Issa stars as woman who embarks on journey of self-discovery in brothel in revolutionary Damascus.

Syrian filmmaker Gaya Jiji’s long-gestated drama My Favourite Fabric, about [...]

‘Rafiki’ Trailer: Wanuri Kahiu’s Cannes-Bound Lesbian Love Story Is First Kenyan Feature Film to Screen at Festival

Kate Erbland / Indiwire

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will offer up at least one bonafide history-maker amongst its ranks: Wanuri Kahiu’s “Rafiki” (also known as “Friend”), which marks [...]

Palestinian Annemarie Jacir’s ‘Wajib’ Wins Big at Dubai Festival

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The 14th Dubai Int’l Film Festival handed out prizes Dec. 13 at an afternoon awards ceremony preceding the evening gala premiere of [...]

Palestine’s Foreign Oscar Candidate ‘Wajib’ Scores Multiple Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli /

French sales company Pyramide International has scored multiple sales on Palestinian auteur Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” which is Palestine’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar and [...]

Zama review – Lucrecia Martel emerges from the wilderness with a strange sensual wonder

After a nine-year absence, the Argentinian director returns with an audacious and antic tale set in a 18th-century colony on the Asuncion coast


Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’ Is Difficult Beautiful & Cruel

[Venice Review]

Waiting and hoping: In Spanish, the native tongue of Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel, and the language of her highly anticipated, frequently delayed new film, the word [...]

Aala Kaf Ifrit (Beauty and the Dogs) an interview with Kaouther Ben Hania

First noticed at ACID 2014 in Cannes with Le Challat de Tunis (Challat Tunes)  Kaouther Ben Hania has completed her second feature film, Aala [...]


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The awards ceremony for the 67th Berlin International Film Festival wrapped up just moments ago today (February 18) with winners including Alain Gomis and Raoul [...]

Félicité will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival .


Alain Gomis’ new film “Félicité” follows the eponymous character, a proud singer living in the Congo city of Kinshasa, who leaves the world behind every [...]