Transient Films

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Transient Films
  • Motion pictures
  • Entertainment
Founded2007; 17 years ago (2007)
HeadquartersMiami, Florida, U.S.
Key people
  • Ayoub Qanir (Head of Production)
  • Michael Cunningham (CFO)
  • Alex Johnson (Accounts)

Transient Films, L.L.C., operating under the D.B.A. Transient is an American production company based in Miami, FL. Founded in 2007, Transient, specializes in genre and auteur films. The company has produced films in the U.K., Mongolia, Poland, Iceland, Nepal and Japan.


After its launch, Transient, started by producing music videos and short documentaries for several indie rock bands in Los Angeles, California and in the U.K.. In 2009, the company began developing several fiction projects and writing a series of comic books; Daniel Dume, Artificio Conceal and Mechanism, in collaboration with Marvel artist Juan Doe. The company also produced a short experimental film series, Human After All, featuring French music duo Daft Punk.



In 2014, one of their graphic novels, Koyakatsi, was developed and produced into a proof-of-concept trailer. The graphic book was illustrated in collaboration with renowned graphic artist, Kilian Eng. The proof-of-concept content was developed using the rendering software Octane Render led by visual effects supervisor Artur Szymzcak. The live action footage was filmed in Warsaw, Poland, with cinematographer Bartlomiej Kaczmarek. The original score was developed and composed by  Kodi Najm. When the trailer hit the web, it became an instant sensation garnering over several hundreds of views in the first few hours.[1][2]

Artificio Conceal

In 2014, Transient produced Artificio Conceal which was set in London and starring renown British actor David Bailie from the Pirate of The Caribbean franchise and Games of Thrones’ Simon Armstrong. The short was selected to over 50 film festivals worldwide including Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival.[3][4][5] In 2015, he was made one of the juries at the 32nd edition of The Miami International Film Festiva.

The World of Which We Dream Doesn’t Exist

In 2017, Transient produced their first feature film, The World of Which We Dream Doesn't Exist, set in Mongolia. The film followed the journey of real-life shaman, Pujee, as he attempts to recover his grandson's soul from the spirit world. The film had its world premiere in India where it was nominated for The Golden Crow Pheasant Award for Best film at the Kerala Film Festival.[6] The US Premiere took place at the New Orleans Film Festival [7] while the European premiere was at the Cardiff International Film Festival where it was nominated for best feature film. The film also featured surreal footage, depicting the spiritual world, from acclaimed macro-paint artist, Thomas Blanchard, who later used the same technique to design the international campaign for the release of Apple 's iPhone X.

Sea of Light

Their second feature film, Sea of Light, which was set and filmed in The Westfjords, in Iceland, revolved around the mystical journeys of a real-life priest, a fisherman and a quantum physicist. The film won several awards in Argentina, the United Kingdom and the US.

Darkness of Otherwhere

In 2019, the company produced their third feature, Darkness of Otherwhere set in Tokyo, Japan. The film starred, Japanese starlet, Mika Hijii from the Ninja franchise films and renown actor Keisuke Ishida. The film went on to win Best Experimental Film at the Venice Film Week, the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival and the Amsterdam Independent Film Festival.

Films In-Development

In May 2020, it was announced that Transient was developing a slate of 4 features and 3 shorts films, amongst which are Nepalese director Phurba Lama’s Jaar, Ayoub Qanir’s Daria set in Russia and Dave Thomas’ Journey set in Scotland.

Year Title Director Country
2022 Jaar Phurba Lama Nepal
2022 Daria Ayoub Qanir Russia
2024 Journey Dave Thomas Scotland
2023 Mama Duck Ayoub Qanir USA



  1. "Watch SciFi proof-of-concept" – via First Showing.
  2. "Koyakatsi Concept Trailer" – via Giant Freaky Robot.
  3. "Artificio Conceal nominated for best short at EIFF" – via Top 10 Films.
  4. "Artificio Conceal selected to Cannes" – via Digital Journal.
  5. "SIFF Official Selection" (PDF) – via Seattle International Film Festival.
  6. "Golden Crow Pheasant award". Kerala Film Festival.
  7. "Awards". Imdb.

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