Jalal Maghout is an animation filmmaker and visual artist based in Berlin. He was born in Damascus in 1987 and graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Damascus in 2012. His first independent film, Creatures of Inexistence has been screened at many cultural venues and festivals in Syria and Lebanon. His second film, Canvas on Mixed Media, won the 1st prize at the MADE in MED short film contest in Belgium, and was officially selected for many international film festivals, including Annecy 2014 and the Short Film Corner of Cannes festival 2013. Maghout has created many other works and music videos, and has experience in video art, caricature, photography and painting.