Kareem J. Mortimer is a Bahamian filmmaker that has worked globally. Over the past five years he has won over 30 awards for his film projects, has had his work distributed in over forty countries and reviewed by the New York Times, Variety, IndieWire and The Hollywood Reporter.
This year his film Passage was named by Cine Caribes as one of the ten best Caribbean films and named Kareem as a director you should already know. In 2013, Kareem was named by The Bahamas Tribune as one of the 40 Bahamians under 40 creating change in his community. That year also saw him nominated for the prestigious Yellow Robin Award, win Best Short Film at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival for Passage, Director’s Award at Portland Maine Film Festival, and Best Film at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival GBI, a participant as the Cine Qua Non Lab with award winning writer Sabrina Dhawan and a coveted spot as one of ten global talents at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Talent Lab participant. He also was a finalist at WorldView/Tribeca pitch competition and won Telefilm Canada Caribbean Tales pitch competition for his feature in
Kareem has made short music documentaries for the syndicated show Hip Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground; and has written and directed the short Narrative film Float that has won 5 international awards and distribution in North America, Germany, Australia, and Austria. Float received a Broadcast premiere on LOGO. Moving Pictures Magazine crowned Float as one of five short films to look out for and Kareem a writer/director to watch. Subsequently, he has directed the documentary I Am Not A Dummy and the feature film Children Of God. Children of God has won 18 awards, distributed in 24 territories, theatrical exposure in the US, Netherlands , Switzerland, UK and a 2 year broadcast deal on SHOWTIME. Children of God was also named by BET as one of the top ten movies of the year and one of the top features to watch by The Independent. He also assisted Richard Von Maur on the family film, Wind Jammers that was sold worldwide to FilmWorks International. He is also 2007 alumni of Berlinale Talents.