Schortcut was founded by Georges Schoucair, a renowned Lebanese producer and owner of the Middle-East market leader production house Abbout Productions.
Schoucair has been lauded for nurturing young talents as well as supporting estab- lished names which are struggling to fund their films. Through his company Abbout Productions, Schoucair produced a diverse slate of award winning dramas, comedies, experimental narratives and creative documentaries.
His previous films include visual artists and filmmakers Khalil Joreige & Joana Hadjithomas’s A Perfect Day, I Want to See (starring Catherine Deneuve) and The Lebanese Rocket Society; veteran Syrian director Mohamad Malas’ Ladder to Damas- cus; celebrated Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab’s The Last Man, The Mountain and The Valley; Georges Hachem’s highly acclaimed Stray Bullet starring Nadine Labaki, Vatche Boulghourjian’s strong and touching debut Tramontane, among many others. Schoucair’s films are regular fixtures at major festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Berlinale and Karlovy Vary to name a few. He also acted as an associate producer on Thai maverick Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s last feature, Cemetery of Splendor.
In parallel to Abbout Productions, Schoucair founded MC Distribution, a distribu- tion company which helps release Arab and international lms in the Middle-East, and has been since 2008 the active vice-president of Metropolis, a differentiated art house cinema venture in Beirut.
Myriam Sassine started her career in 2005 as a story producer of several reality shows such as the Arab versions of international formats like The Biggest Loser (Reveille Productions), Unanimous (Fox) and Ton of Cash (Endemol).
Myriam directed a documentary, The Palestinian Cause in the Lebanese Cinema (2009), and a short video, No Connection (2006), which was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival 2007 and was screened in various festivals and galleries worldwide.
In 2010, Myriam joined Abbout Productions, and between 2010 and 2012 worked in content development with Lucky Monkey Pictures (USA). In 2012, Myriam became an associate producer at Abbout Productions and produced in 2013 her first feature documentary e muet directed by Corine Shawi (which premiered in FID Marseille international competition) followed by A Time to Rest by Myriam El Hajj in 2015 which premiered in Visions du Réel Nyon and won awards in many international film festivals.
Throughout her producing career, Myriam participated in various cinema programmes such as DocMed (programme for Arab producers) in 2011, the Torino Film Lab Interchange in 2012 and the Berlinale Talents in 2014. Myriam is also the Executive Director of Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first fantastic film festival in the Middle East.
Myriam majored in cinema studies at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 2005, and received her masters in cinema research from Saint-Joseph University’s In-stitut d’Études Scéniques et Audiovisuelles (IESAV) in 2009.
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 of the Torino Film Lab Interchange program as a script con- sultant 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 Sa- rajevo 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 studied audiovisual and cinema at the Holy Spirit University - Kaslik (USEK) and graduated in 2009. Since 2008, he has worked as a story editor on several TV reality shows. Passionate about film sound, he worked as a boom operator on two feature films:Stray Bullet (2010) by Georges Hachem and Rehle (2010) by Meyar Roumi, a French-Syrian coproduction shot in Syria, Turkey and Iran. He also was the sound operator on many Lebanese short films. In 2010, he moved to the production field and started working as a Production Coordinator then as a Production Supervisor at Abbout Productions. Christian participated in Berlinale Talents 2013.
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.
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 TV reality 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.
Ramzi Zoghby graduated from Notre Dame University (NDU) with a B.A in Advertising & Marketing and worked in various multinational companies in Lebanon and the Gulf.
He joined Abbout Productions in May 2014.
Badih Massaad studied filmmaking and directed Badkoun Shit in 2005. This award winning short participated in International short film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand’s official competition. He currently works as a director and assistant director for TVCs and as an assistant producer for Abbout Productions.