Kamal John Iskander is an award winning writer and director whose films have screened in film festivals across the globe as well as lauded and reviewed in a variety of renowned cinema publications, journals, and blogs such as indieWIRE, Fangoria, FilmThreat, and Starburst Magazine. His work has placed in prestigious competitions, most notably the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship.
Iskander produced and directed the award winning short film, Jesus Comes To Town which competed in 30 international film festivals and won 7 awards, including the Cine Golden Eagle (Cine Foundation), Best Director (Magnolia Independent Film Festival), Programmer’s Award for Best Short Narrative (Virginia Film Festival), and the EICAR Jury Prize (Cinérail Paris). Distributed by Shorts International, it currently plays on Direct TV’s ShortsHD channel. FilmThreat called Jesus Comes To Town, "Black and white neo-noir glory... a delight to behold!"
Iskander won Best International Screenplay at the 2014 Oaxaca FilmFest, sponsored and judged by Final Draft, for his feature length dark comedy script, The Gospel According To Charlie. His screenplay Montreal Girls was a Scriptapalooza quarterfinalist and Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge finalist. His latest work, Clandestino, is an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist with Richard Goldgewicht attached to direct.
His horror/sci-fi screenplay, Jowls was a semifinalist in the 15th annual Shriekfest Film Festival Screenplay Competition and is slated to film with director Chris Sun (Charlie's Farm, Boar) attached. Iskander's horror-comedy, Octopad placed as a quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft's Horror Screenplay Competition as well as Scriptapalooza and Cinequest's Screenplay Contests.
His short horror comedy, A Tricky Treat, written for award winning Canadian director Patricia Chica, opened at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. It was called “deliciously vile” by Fangoria, “a fantastic story,” by UK Horror Scene, and “a dainty little treat,” by Horror Movies Uncut. Reviewed in over a dozen cinema blogs and publications including indieWIRE and Starburst Magazine, it screened at Screamfest, Dragon*Con, Mile-High Horror Film Festival, Lund International Fantastisk Fest in Sweden, Telluride Horrorshow Film Festival, and Morbido Film Festival in Mexico among other international cinema events. It is currently featured on Eli Roth's CRYPT TV, where it was viewed by well over a quarter million horror fans.
Iskander lives in Los Angeles and has written nine screenplays. His script Montreal Girls, (Dir. Patricia Chica) funded by SODEC and TELEFILM Canada, will star Ahmed Malek (TIFF Rising Star 2018) and is scheduled to go into production in August 2019. Iskander is also looking forward to producing and directing his award winning feature script, The Gospel According to Charlie.
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