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 (www.abboutproductions.com), 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.

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

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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 a young [...]

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

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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 the very [...]

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

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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)

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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

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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


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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

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