August 2021

It’s a wrap! Thanks to our terrific crew and cast we were able to wrap principal photography of “HEIMSUCHUNG”! I’ll be forever grateful for this adventure with producers Lena Weiss, Eugen Klim, Viktoria Salcher and Mathias Forberg. © Glitter and Doom


March 2021

We are officially starting pre-production on THE VISTING (working title)!

After receiving production funding by the Austrian Film Institute, ORF and Film Fund Vienna we’re jumping right into the exciting phase of planning our shoot!

For all interested here’s a good read about what pre-production means in filmmaking:

I’ll keep you updated!

July 2020

ADAM has been selected for Script Development Funding by the Austrian Film Institute! Thank you so much to all involved, especially the amazing team of CAPRA Film which has supported the project from the start. Looking forward to polishing the screenplay.

February 2020

The Education Sector of UNESCO has recently published a handbook, part of a two-part kit:
Empowering students for just societies: A handbook for primary school teachers

I am very excited that the children’s book “The Online-Zoo”, that I worked on as an illustrator has been included.

The handbooks provide relevant and accessible educational resources to teachers and teacher trainers aiming to support the development of youth who are critically informed, socially connected and ethically responsible and engaged.

The publications are available in English and Spanish and, currently French and Arabic versions are in the works.

Here’s a quick review of the book’s journey so far:

“The Online Zoo is not an ordinary zoo. At this zoo, it’s not only Director Elsa who goes online; the animals are using the internet as well. Smartphones, tablet PCs and laptops are part of daily life at the zoo. During her daily tour around the zoo, Director Elsa discovers that the internet and all the electronic devices can cause challenges. Panda Paul is being cybermobbed by the hyena, giraffe Greta accidentally ordered stuffed animals on the internet and monkey Maurice can’t stop playing with his smartphone. Will Director Elsa be able to help all the animals?”

Juli 2019

The Vienna Film Fund supports our horror film HEIMSUCHUNG with project development funding. Many thanks for the faith in our feature plans!

July 2019

“HEIMSUCHUNG” (The Visiting) received project development funding from the Vienna Film Fund.
Thank you so much for the support!

December 2018

“Adam & Esra” is a VIMEO STAFF PICK!

So excited that our film will now reach even more people!

November 2018

My horror screenplay HEIMSUCHUNG (The Visiting) has been selected for project development funding by the Austrian Film Institute!

HEIMSUCHUNG (The Visiting)
Production Company: Glitter and Doom Filmproduktion e. U.
Producer: Lena Weiss
Screenplay & Directing: Achmed Abdel-Salam
DoP: Alexander Dirninger
Editing: Matthias Writze

A woman’s fight against her demons. A mother’s struggle to be near her daughter.

October 2018

“Adam & Esra” wins “Best Love/Romance Film 2018” at the Austrian Film Festival!

August 2018

More Festival News – “Adam & Esra” will be screened at

May 2018

“Adam & Esra” goes Palm Springs International Shortfest. The biggest short film festival in Northern America…/short-film-finder/adam-and-esra

“A shallow man is forced to face his inner self in this intimate examination of toxic male sexuality.”

We’re very proud an honored to celebrate our Northern American Premiere at the #shortfest18 !

April 2018

New Rep!

I’m more than happy to announce that from now on I am being represented by Jack & Jill International Agency

March 2018

Our premiere was at the Landshut Short Film Festival was a fun ride! Great atmosphere, nice staff and a successful screening . People enjoyed ADAM & ESRA, making it a beautiful evening for me.


January 2018

ADAM & ESRA goes Landshut Short Film Festival!

I’m excited that our film will have its German premiere in Bavaria.

November 2017

New Showreel online!

October 2017

We are finalists! Glad to announce that our adaptation made it to the next round of the Script Writing Competition If she can see it, she can be it by the Drehbuch Forum Wien.

I’m really excited to work with Didi Drobna ( on the film version of her fantastic novel Zwischen Schaumstoff.

You can order the book here (which only makes sense, if you are fluent in German):

March 2017

AUSLASSUNGEN (OMISSIONS), my short essayistic documentary, will be screened at the

Achmed Abdel-Salam takes his audience on a journey to post-revolutionary Egypt, the homeland of his father. A very personal essay film.

Screening dates:

Wednesday, 22.3. 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, 26.3. 2 p.m.

February 2017

Pitching THE VISITING  at the Reception of German Filmschools

Pitching my screenplay THE VISITING (HEIMSUCHUNG)
Albert Meisl, Clara Stern, Achmed Abdel-Salam, Jessica Lind