Paul Barakat - Writer/Director
Paul has had almost two decades of experience working across many facets of the film and television industry in Australia, and has spent recent years in the film education sector, formerly serving as the Head of Film at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. He has directed numerous short films, including 'Fragments', his award-winning debut. His recent work, the dystopian short, 'Gish', was developed with the International Screen Academy and based off an original comic book which Paul created with Marvel artist Marcelo Baez. Paul is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in numerous local and international screen productions, including 'Love My Way', 'Farscape' and 'East West 101'.
The themes of his experimental and narrative work over the past decade have culminated in his passion project and debut feature, 'Kairos', which premiered in December 2018 at the XXII Tertio Millenio Film Festival in Rome, Italy, winning Best Film. It has since been acquired for distribution by Pinnacle Films.
Carla Barakat - Head of Production
Carla's first foray into the film industry was in the year 2000, when she got an opportunity to work on the set of Baz Lurhmann's 'Moulin Rouge'. After falling in love with the behind the scenes magic, Carla turned her attention to studying and working in various aspects of production and fashion design, culminating in the launch of her event-planning business, Sugarcumb Events. She left that business behind to focus on becoming a full-time producer for Sloane Street Films. She has also worked in multiple roles across key creative departments on nearly every one of her husband's films, including producing, costume and production design, make-up and script editing.
Outside of film, Carla is also a mentor and mindset coach, drawing on her experience and success in varied industries, inspiring others to achieve their goals.