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Kalil Haddad is an experimental filmmaker based in Toronto. He has written, directed, and edited over a dozen short films including: Vampires Drink Blood... I Drink Sorrow (21), The Taking of Jordan (22), and His Smell (23). His work has screened internationally at festivals and gallery exhibitions in Europe, Latin America, and the United States; including Indie Memphis, Kassel Dokfest, London Short Film Festival, and Onion City Experimental, where The Taking of Jordan was awarded a Jury Prize for Best of the Festival. Writing on his films have appeared in Tone Glow, Cinema Year Zero, and Counter Arts, among other publications.

His work appears in the collections of The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and Vtape.


2023  |  13:54  |  Digital Video


Sebastian’s roommate is away for the weekend...

His Smell is a daring and innovative film that is bound to prove memorable because of its bold formal choices and the palpable emotions locked in the heart of its story. It’s an excellent film about monotony and grief, expressed very well through Haddad’s formal choices and a strong performance from Sebastian Neme.”

- Reece Beckett, Counter Arts

  • Fringe! (London, 2023)
  • Indie Memphis (Digital, 2023)
  • Festival CinemaZERO (Trento, 2023)
  • Saint Bimbo (Brooklyn, 2023)
  • Wicked Queer (Boston, 2024)