Sahim Omar Kalifa’s latest short film Bad Hunter has won the Special Jury Award for Best International Short at the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney, Australia (9-18 January). Since its international premiere, Bad Hunter has screened at five international festivals and won awards at four of them.

Bad HunterSahim Omar Kalifa first presented his short at the Montreal World Film Festival at the end of August 2014, where Bad Hunter won the Jury Award for Short Film. Then came Valladolid, where the film won the Silver Spike for Best Short; the Austin Film Festival; and the Dubai International Film Festival, where Bad Hunter picked up its third award. With Flickerfest’s Special Jury Prize, the film’s score currently stands at four out of five in terms of international awards.

The film tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz, who regularly goes into the mountains to hunt but catches very little. Today, however, will change his life for ever.

Following previous successes with his short films Land of the Heroes, Baghdad Messi and now Bad Hunter, Kalifa is making the transition to feature film, and is currently developing his debut Zagros. Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem’s production banner A Private View (Marry Me) is producing, having also produced Bad Hunter.

Kalifa scripted Bad Hunter together with Van Rijckeghem. DOP was Kamiran Betasi; Joren Desmidt and Alain Dessauvage were editors; and Johan Hoogewijs composed the original score. Bad Hunter received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 20 January 2015

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