Thief

Director / Writer

2011 | 24 minutes | 35mm film
An Iraqi man’s childhood memories return to haunt him when an armed fugitive arrives at his isolated hut.
StarringMaz Siam, Muneer Katchi, Yousif Alshekh, Ayman Samman, Sana Etoile

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD (Narrative Gold Medal) | STUDENT EMMY AWARDS (Best Drama & Best Director)
AWARDS & HONORS
38th Student Academy Awards – Student Academy Award (Gold Medal)
32nd College Television Awards – Best Drama & Best Director
Nantucket Film Festival – Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival – Best Fiction Short Film
Heartland Film Festival – Grand Prize Vision Award for Short Film & Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Award
Sedona Int'l Film Festival – Director's Choice Award for Best Student Short
Tacoma Film Festival – Best Short
Ivy Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize & Best Graduate Short
Woods Hole Film Festival – Best Dramatic Short & Short Film Audience Award
Guam Int'l Film Festival – Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short
Angelus Student Film Festival – Triumph of the Spirit Award
Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival – Best Cinematography & Best Student Film
Dances With Films – Audience Award
CineGear Expo – Student Filmmaker Prize
Skena Up Festival (Kosovo) – Best Cinematography
Jacksonville Film Festival – Best Short
Las Vegas Film Festival – Special Jury Prize
Breckenridge Festival of Film – Best Student Film
Big Island Film Festival – Best Student Short
Ojai Film Festival – Student Film Honorable Mention
HollyShorts – Audience Choice Award

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
AFI FEST
Camerimage (Poland)
Cleveland International Film Festival
Palm Springs Shortfest
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase (France)
Bahamas International Film Festival
Waterfront Film Festival
LA Shorts Fest
Sarasota Film Festival
BendFilm Festival
AFI Spotlight Showcase
Newport Beach Film Festival
Sesüchte International Film Festival (Germany)
White River Indie Films
Topanga Film Festival
Roxbury International Film Festival
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Salt Lake City Film Festival
Rome International Film Festival
Cinematik International Film Festival (Poland)
Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival
International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece)
Fieri International Film Festival (Italy)
REC International Student Film Festival (Germany)
Lucerne Film Festival (Switzerland)
Tallgrass Film Festival
Windrider Film Forum - Sundance
Windrider Film Forum - Bay Area
Gulf Film Festival (Dubai)
Tiburon International Film Festival
Warsaw Short Film Festival (Poland)
Laughlin Film Festival

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