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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: Tiger Eats a Baby (20), 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 Images Festival, Indie Memphis, Kasseler 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, Counter Arts, and Le Sigh, among other publications.

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



MUSCLE MONSTERS

2023  |  4:39  |  English

Advice, man to man.

[Glue Trilogy I]

Screenings:
  • Cinema Variety Hour (Toronto, 2023)

[Currently playing festivals]




PAUL AND EILEEN HAD FOUR CHILDREN

2023  |  11:51  |  English

A remembrance of things past.


Screenings:
  • WNDX (Winnipeg, 2023)
  • Film Diary (NYC, 2024)
  • Fleapit (Halifax, 2024)
  • New Year/New Work FF (NYC, 2024)
  • Pebbles Underground (Digital, 2024)

[Currently playing festivals]




HIS SMELL

2023  |  13:54  |  English

Starring Sebastian Neme

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


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

[Currently playing festivals]




THE TAKING OF JORDAN (ALL AMERICAN BOY)

2022  |  7:39  |  English

Jordan, an amateur adult performer, recalls the horror of his many former lives.


Screenings:
  • Cinema Variety Hour (Toronto, 2022)
  • Flickers (Brooklyn, 2022)
  • WNDX (Winnipeg, 2022)
  • EUREKA (Bogotá, 2022)
  • Millennium Film Workshop (Brooklyn, 2022)
  • Onion City Experimental (Chicago, 2023)
  • Wicked Queer (Boston, 2023)
  • Saint Bimbo (Brooklyn, 2023)
  • Images Festival (Toronto, 2023)
  • Sohome Horror Pride (London, 2023)
  • Festival du Film de Fesses (Paris, 2023)
  • IFC Centre (NYC, 2023)
  • LesGaiCineMad (Madrid, 2023)
  • London Short FF (London, 2024)
  • Spectacle (Brooklyn, 2024)
  • Le Sigh (Toronto/Digital, 2024)
  • Double Wonderful @ ICA (London, 2024)
  • The Film-Makers’ Cooperative (NYC, 2024)

Exhibitions:
  • Going Nowhere: Three Velocities (Mexico City, 2022)
  • Indexing Resistance: The Blood & Guts of Queer Protest in Canada (Toronto, 2022)

Awards:
  • 33rd Onion City Experimental: Jury Prize, Best of the Festival





VAMPIRES DRINK BLOOD... I DRINK SORROW

2021  |  5:43  |  English

Starring Kalil Haddad and Josiah Dyck

A love story at the end of time.


Screenings:
  • Eyesore Cinema (Toronto, 2021) 
  • Bleeding Edge (Toronto,  2022)
  • Fleapit (Halifax,  2023)
  • Pratt Institute (NYC, 2023)





THE BOYS OF SUMMER

2021  |  5:22  |  English

Some fun in the sun.

[Glue Trilogy III]


Screenings:
  • Volvox Vault (Digital, 2021)
  • Fleapit (Halifax,  2023)
  • Millennium Film Workshop (Brooklyn, 2023)




HONEYPOT

2021  |  3:42  |  English

Boys will be boys.

[Glue Trilogy II]

Screenings:
  • Volvox Vault (Digital, 2021)
  • Millennium Film Workshop (Brooklyn, 2023)




THE BEAUTIFUL ROOM IS EMPTY

2020  |  19:45  |  English

Marie, a retired elementary school principle, must confront spaces both concrete and virtual, as she attempts to navigate the ghosts of her childhood.


Screenings:
  • Toronto Palestine FF (Toronto, 2020)
  • DARC (Ottawa, 2022) 
  • Kasseler Dokfest (Kassel, 2022)
  • Reelout (Kingston, 2023)
  • VIVO (Vancouver, 2023)

Exhibitions:
  • Four Works (Toronto, 2020)






TIGER EATS A BABY

2020  |  23:01  |  English

Starring Cairns Nolan, Everett Major, and Sophy Romvari

Accompanied by his young cub, an orphaned stray roams industrial landscapes, longing for the return of his one true companion.

Screenings:
  • QFest Houston (Houston, 2020) 
  • New Year/New Work FF (NYC, 2023)
  • Cinema Variety Hour (Toronto, 2023)





Other works include: Farm Boy (2019), As I Sat in His Car... (2018), Liam & Kiki (2017), and Late Night Delight (2017).

Kalil Haddad, 2024