Kareem Mortimer is a Bahamian filmmaker, video artist, theatre actor and writer that has worked globally. He has won over 31 awards for his projects and has had his work distributed in over forty countries. Kareem began a career in the arts by writing stageplays and poetry in high-school where he won two awards at the National Arts Festival for his original one-act play Pastor’s Little Problem which he also starred in. He then received a partial scholarship to Miami International University of Art and Design where he won another scholarship for his freshman year film Soda Pop Love Story.
After graduating film school with honors, Kareem remained in Miami for a period of time where he made short music documentaries as a segment producer for the syndicated show Hip Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground; wrote and directed the short films Chance and Back To Nassau which have both won one award each and worked on countless music videos, short films and television shows where he honed his skills as an art director, producer and editor. Upon his return to the Bahamas Kareem produced and edited Maria Govan’s acclaimed documentary Where I’m From: HIV & AIDS in the Bahamas, directed and edited the documentary Invasive Species, worked as a segment producer for Bahamas @ Sunrise and developed, directed and edited the television show Extraordinary Cuisine. Kareem has also produced and directed over 50 television commercials clients and has also provided production services for the Hollywood films Into The Blue and After The Sunset and has worked for HGTV, OWN, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Bravo, Pie Town Productions and the Food Network.
Kareem also wrote 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 documentaries I Am Not A Dummy, Chartered Course, Conservation Through Education, She and the award winning The Eleutheran Adventure. Kareem has edited the feature documentaries When A Man Dreams Dreams, A Man With A Voice and Womanish Ways. In 2011, he released his debut feature film Children Of God. Children of God has won 18 awards, distributed in 26 territories, theatrical exposure in the US, Netherlands and UK and aired 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. Subsequently heco-directed the film Wind Jammerswhich received worldwide distribution through Filmworks.
His short 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. That film was broadcast on PBS and the ASpiRe Network. His narrative film Cargo has premiered in over two dozen film festivals around the world. Kareem is an alumnus of both Toronto International Film Festival Talent lab and Berlinale Talents and is the Curator of The Island House Cinema and The Artistic Director of The Island House Film Festival in addition to being the Chairman of Best Ever Film, a production company based in The Bahamas.