Awarded 'Independent Filmmaker of the Year' by Digital Studio Magazine and the prestigious Golden Visa by Ministry of Culture, Faisal Hashmi is a UAE-based independent freelance filmmaker with a number of award-winning short films and narratively driven commercials under his belt. At the age of 21, his short film 'Perfect Living' screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in May 2011, while his next film 'Bubble' screened at various internationals film festivals and won Best Film at Tunisia Human Rights Film Festival.
Over the next two years, his fascination with the horror and thriller genre gravitated his short films in that direction. His horror short films 'Scrambled', 'Cold Feet' and 'Sleight' have played at more than a dozen horror film festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia and won multiple awards. On Youtube, his short films have more than 1.5 million views combined. He has received major press with a cover story in Weekend Magazine and featured in other publications like Digital Studio, Broadcast Pro, The National, Gulf News as well as radio and TV features.
Currently, Faisal is developing multiple genre feature film projects both locally and internationally that he hopes to shoot next year as well as a number of other boundary-pushing short films.
Faisal also has a decade of experience working with numerous brands and agencies to produce compelling, narratively driven commercials to highlight their brand message and connecting it with cinematic human emotion. Some of those brands include VOX Cinemas, Emirates, Saudi German Hospital, DAMAC Properties and more and he looks forward to contribute his storytelling and visual prowess to more high-quality commercials in the future.