Awarded 'Independent Filmmaker of the Year' by Digital Studio Magazine, Faisal Hashmi is a UAE-based independent freelance filmmaker with a number of award-winning short films and branded content 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 600,000 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 an independent horror film that he hopes to shoot next year as well as a number of other boundary-pushing short films.
He has also worked with various brands and companies to create compelling branded and commercial content. He was commissioned by Dubai Tourism to crate a short documentary for their #myDubai campaign which screened at Dubai International Film Festival in 2014. Some of the other brands he's worked with across the years include Emirates Airlines, VOX Cinemas, ASUS, Samsung, FujiFilm, GAP, Crate & Barrel and more. He currently pursues work as a freelance commercial content creator keen to work with new agencies and brands that are looking for compelling narrative-oriented content to highlight their message.