In the near future,
Factories filled the planet and intoxicated the Air, Humans started living in the deserted waste where Smog covers the skies and hides the Sun.

Lithops, a 12 year old girl, lives an empty dull life in a deserted world with her older sister Miasma.

Imprisoned behind her gas mask and thick cloths, Lithops grows the need to break out of this prison to feel the sunlight and breathe clean air.

So we follow her in her quest for freedom and finding her true human identity, in an industrial world deprived from all natural elements.

SMOG Winner of:
• Best Director (NDU 8th international film festival)
• Best Cinematography (NDU 8th international film festival)
• Appreciation Award from Cinema and TV department IBA2
• Token of appreciation from AULib for SMOG
• Special mention at The Lebanese Film Festival

In SMOG i was: Writer / Director / Editor / Camera Operator / Sound Designer / Foley Artist / Music / Producer.

I didn't take sound on set so i created the sound design in the post production phase:
-Connect your Headphones/Large speakers for a good sound experience because laptops hide away the ambiances

Interview with LibanEcho about SMOG:

Interview with MTV about SMOG:

I had to convert the film to fit it here, so it created a tiny delay between picture and sound

Shot in different locations in Lebanon with Canon 5D mark ii

  • Jad Sleiman
  • Jad Sleiman
  • Toni Mattar
  • Rawane Sleiman
  • Celine Lahoud
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Bitar
    Key Cast
  • Jad Sleiman
    Camera operator
  • Tony Hatem
    Director of photography
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, post apocalyptic, dystopian, future, short, Lebanon, International, student, low, budget
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • Cannes Film Festival
    Cannes - France
  • NDU international film festival
    November 11, 2014
    Best Director & Best Cinematography
  • Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève - FIFOG
    Geneva - Switzerland
  • Silk Road Film Festival
    Dublin - Ireland
  • Mishkal Film Festival
    Beirut, Lebanon
    September 18, 2014
  • 300minutes Film Festival
    Karlsruhe - Germany
  • Light in the Darkness
  • Family and Forgiveness Film Festival
    San Fransisco - California - USA
  • 8th International Children's Film Festival
  • Steps international short film festival
    Ladikia - Syria
  • 16th Annual Crossroads Film Festival
    Mississippi - USA
Director Biography - Jad Sleiman

Jad Sleiman is an award-winning film director & photographer who grew up in Byblos – Lebanon with a passion for films and cameras.
Shortly after school, he dropped his science & technology major to start his Cinema and TV studies at the Lebanese University Institute of Fine Arts, Furn al chebak branch.
3 years later he graduated with a BA degree as a top student after writing and directing his first senior short film SMOG that won several awards including “Best Director award” and “Best Cinematography award” and toured more than 30 film festivals around the world.
He later completed his Masters studies in Film Directing and today he carries through his passion by working in the fields of Directing, Photography and Cinematography and teaching film making to younger generations.

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