Saman Mustefa

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Playing range 24-32 · Height 183cm/6′ ft, Eyes Dark Brown · Hair Brown/Black · Figure Tall Athletic · Languages Kurdish & Arabic Native (many dialects), English Fluent · Dance Kurdish Folk · Instruments Guitar & SAZ (Baglama) Well · Sports Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Cycling All Well · Driver Permit Car · Special Skills Drawing Well, Driving Very Well 

News

2022

Saman’s short film IDO won Best Short Film at the International Short Film Fest Australia. In 2020 he was honoured with the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Festival Brasil de Cinema International for his performance in THE HEAVY BURDEN which also won Best Short Film.

Life.

Education

Schooling & More

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Saman Mustefa

Bio

Saman Mustefa

Saman Mustefa was borne in 1996 in Kurdistan, Iraq. He started acting as a young child in the films of his brother, award-winning director Sahim Omar Kalifa. He has gone on to play in the films of many well known Kurdish and European directors such as Hussein Hassan Ali, Kamiran Betasi, Serio Tréfaut, to name a few. For his work on the short film Bare Giran/The Heavy Burden, directed by Yilmaz Özdil, Saman won “Best Supporting Actor” award at the Festival Brasil De Cinema Internacional 2020.
Saman’s insatiable desire to act regularly inspired him to start creating projects of his own. His first short film, The Unknown Life, which he wrote, produced and directed, garnered him a “Best Young Director in Kurdistan” award at the Rwanga Film Festival in Suleymaniah in 2015. Since then, he has written, produced and directed five short films. The most recent, Ido, was nominated at many int’l film festivals in 2021, and won “Best Short Film” at the Australian Int’l Short Film Festival and the “Best Short Film Award” at the Kurdish Film Festival Berlin.
When Saman is not acting or directing, he works as a 1st AD on international film productions. He speaks Kurdish and Arabic as native speaker (many dialects & accents) and fluently English.

Film

Selection

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Production
2022
Aforoz
Ziko lead
Yilmaz Ozdil
Aforoz Film
2021
The Bride
Commanding Soldier support ensemble
Sérgio Tréfaut
FAUX                                       Portugal
2020
Sinjar
Isis Member support
Anna Bofarull
KaBoGa Production               USA
2020
Rain Bride
Peshmerga Fighter
Hussein Hassan Ali
Mitos Film                                Iraq
2019
Wesyet – short
Shop Owner
Kamiran Betasi
ZM Productions                      Iraq
2018
Bare Giran/Heavy Burden – short
Salih lead
Yilmaz Ozdil
Mardin University Won Best Supporting Actor at Festival Brasil De Cinema Internacional 2020. Won Best Short at 20th Festival International de Cine de Lebu (Oscar qualifying)
2017
Xirxis
Saman lead
Sarkaut Mustefa
ZM productions                         Iraq
Nominated Crossing Europe Film Festival

Short Films

As Director

Year
Title
Role
Direction
Production
2020/21
Ido
Saman Mustefa

Self Produced Iraq
*Won Best Short Film Int’l Short Film Fest Austrailia, DIFF, Kurdish Film Festival Berlin

2018
Qedexe
Saman Lead
Saman Mustefa
Self Produced Iraq
2015
The Unknown Life
Sami
Saman Mustefa
Self Produced Iraq
*Won Best Short Rwanga Youth festival