Writer and director Shamim Sarif is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and film director.
Her new book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female contemporary action thriller that has just been bought by Harper Collins as a two book deal and is now represented by CAA for book to film rights.
Shamim’s most recent feature as writer/director is Despite the Falling Snow, which released in the US in March 2017. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance and is an epic story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia based on her acclaimed second novel, published by St Martin’s Press and Hodder. The movie has garnered 13 awards to date.
Her first feature film as writer/director, ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ won 11 awards. Her follow up movie ‘The World Unseen’ based on her award-winning book, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering 23 awards internationally. Her third film, a documentary called ‘The House of Tomorrow’, was shot on location in Jerusalem.
Shamim’s next TV and film project is Polarized; a love story between two women from very different sides of post-Trump America.
An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.
Apart from her awards for films and books, Shamim is the recipient of several other accolades including the Variety Catherine award in 2017.
With her partner and producer on her films, Hanan Kattan, she runs Enlightenment Productions, based in London and their Canadian film company, SK Enlightenment Films.