Lebanese director and screenwriter Samir Syriani graduated with a full scholarship at 21. His first short film, To Baalback, screened at more than 15 local and international film festivals, from Germany to Dubai, and won the Best Short Film at the 18th European Film Festival. Samir has collaborated with major and up-and-coming singers and performers on music videos, attracting media attention and successfully pulling in viewers with fresh aesthetics and insightful storytelling. He also works with local and international brands on film TV campaigns and content films, winning many awards in the advertising world. His film for Crepaway, a local diner, on which he was the creative director and director, attracted international attention with a dedicated article on CNN.com upon its release. In 2019, he completed the work on his second short film, Contact, which world premiered at the 49th Edition of Tampere Film Festival, and won numerous awards, including a Special Jury Mention at the Valletta Film Festival.