Areej is a screenwriter, director, and visual artist from Lebanon. He has worked on stories in multiple formats including film, graphic novels, and advertising for over fifteen years. His latest short film "What Remains" premiered at the Washington DC Arabian Sights Film Festival in 2019.
Education
August 2016 - May 2018
MFA Cinema & Television Directing Columbia College Chicago
Emphasis on Screenwriting & Development - Fulbright Fellow
September 2000 - May 2004
Bachelor Graphic Design American University of Beirut
 
Workshops
September 2016 - June 2017
Improv Level 4 iO Theatre (Improv Olympic) Chicago
 
April 2017
48h VR Film Jam Chicago with Wonda VR
 
June 2014
Cannes Creative Leadership Programme (CCLP)
Berlin School of Creative Leadership
 
2010-2011
People Management Program
Fundamentals of Management
Mirren Business Development Workshop
Leo Burnett
 
2005-2009
Brand Belief Workshop
Camp Leo - Integration Workshop
7+ Workshop: The Art of Storytelling
Performing With Presence
PR 101, Thinking Digital, & Online PR
D&AD Art Direction Workshop
Leo Burnett
 
Awards
BAFTA Student Awards - Shortlist (2018)
Fulbright Fellowship (2016-2018)
Contagious Pioneers (2016)
Cannes Lions (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Facebook Awards (2015)
New York Festivals (2015)
D&AD (2012) - One Show (2015)
Dubai Lynx (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) 
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Films
What Remains Short Film 2018 (Writer/Director/Producer)
BAFTA Student Awards 2018
Sparks Short Film 2015 (Writer/Director)
Experience
2018-Present
Independent Filmmaker / Creative Consultant 
2018
Part Time Lecturer • American University of Beirut 
June - August 2018
Development Intern • AMBI Distribution Beverly Hills
Script Reader.
2011-2016
Executive Creative Director • Leo Burnett Beirut
Contagious Pioneers 2016: Best & Bravest Agencies on the Planet.
Agency of The Year - Dubai Lynx 2015
The Big Won Report 2012 - Directory Magazine:
2nd most awarded Creative Director in the world
6th most awarded communication agency in the world
No.1 most awarded PR and Media agency in the world
Clients include Phillip Morris, Procter&Gamble, Diageo, Groupe Bel, Bank Audi, Alfa Telecom, Cadbury, LibanPost.
2004-2010
Art Director / Associate Creative Director • Leo Burnett Beirut
Procter&Gamble hair care & Home Care MENA & CEE, Diageo.
May-August 2003
Designer/Animator • Future TV Beirut • Creative Department
Broadcast design.
Publications
What Color is the Sea? Children Book / Dar Onboz 2008
Story: Nadine Touma, Illustrations: Areej Mahmoud
Moon Graphic novel / Dar Onboz 2006
Story & Illustrations: Areej Mahmoud

Is this a passport photo? Children Book / Dar Onboz 2005
Story: Nadine Touma, Illustrations: Areej Mahmoud
Khaled - Greetings from Beirut Fanzine / Shift! 2003

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more projects & collaborations
micro content

FILTHMAKERS

The Instagram Experimental Film Project.

WASS

Electronic Music Loops Project.

in development

MORTAL (doc)

IT'S SAFER UNDERGROUND (feature fiction)

 

THE LAST DAYS OF BEIRUT

(miniseries - fiction)

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