About

Sarah Kaskas

Assistant Professor of Film

Sarah Kaskas is a Lebanese/American filmmaker, music composer and film educator. She received her MFA in Cinematic Arts in 2011. Her thesis film, Fugue (2011), toured several festivals before being sold to BBC Arabic’s ‘Alternative Cinema’. In 2013, her animated short script won an award at the Co-Production Forum at the Stuttgart International Animation Festival, and was nominated for the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2014.

In 2016, Kaskas co-founded an independent production company called Karaaj FilmsUnder KaraajKaskas co-directed Bread and Tea, which won Best Short Documentary at Iran’s Cinéma Vérité. In 2018, Kaskas completed Underdown, her first feature documentary, which had its world premiere at IDFA. The film is currently touring international festivals and has won the Special Jury Award at Malmö Arab Film Festival in 2019, the Grand Prix Award at the Mediterranean Film Festival in 2020 and Best Documentary at Jerusalem Arab Film Festival in 2021.

Kaskas resides in Beirut, developing her second feature film and musical project Wanderland and is currently an assistant professor of film at the Lebanese American University.

Awards/Activities

Underdown (2018, Feature Documentary):

  • Winner: Best Documentary Film, Jerusalem Arab Film Festival, March 2021
  • Winner: Grand Prix, Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnia Herzegovina, Aug 2020.
  • Winner: Jury Award, Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden, Oct 2019
  • Al Gouna SpringBoard Platform 2018, Prize received by The Cell Productions
  • Misereor Grant 2018
  • Rosa Luxemburg Grant 2018
  • -articipation at Qumra 2018
  • Winner of Beirut Cinema Platform’s Participation in Malaga Works in Progress
  • Winner of Beirut Cinema Platform’s Sound Mixing Grant at DB Studios
  • Doha Film Institute Production Grant 2017

Bread and Tea (2016, Short Documentary):

  • Winner: Best Short Documentary, Cinema Verite, 2016

Wanderland (2013, Short Animation Script):

  • Co-Production Forum award, The Internationales Trickfilm Festival in Stuttgart