Anas Khalaf, Syrian-French, cofounded his production company Synéastes Films in 2010. With a focus on films from the Middle East, his work focuses on international co-productions with countries such as France, Jordan, Syria, Australia and the U.S. He is the director or co-director of four short films and is developing several feature films, including The Translator and Love-45. His last short film, Mare Nostrum, has been selected in over 70 film festivals, including Sundance and Dubai, has won 24 international prizes, and is on the short-list for Best Short Film at the French Academy Cesar Awards in 2018. Independently Anas works as an actor in television and film, having been featured in the hit French TV show The Bureau. Anas and Rana Kazkaz have two children and live in Doha after having left Damascus as a result of the on-going Syrian conflict. Anas is a graduate of the Normandy Business School.