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Mosquers X Rifelion Pitch Competition Finalist Now Casting for Short Film
Ilhan Abdullahi is currently seeking actors for "Unqualified AF," a comedy about a workplace’s lone Muslim employee who becomes an accidental exorcist when tasked by her boss to perform a "spiritual purification" of the office after multiple complaints of paranormal activity in the lunchroom.
A new short film from a Muslim filmmaker is holding an open call for auditions in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Filmmaker Ilhan Abdullahi is currently seeking actors for "Unqualified AF," a workplace comedy about Warsan — her workplace’s lone Muslim employee — who becomes an accidental exorcist when tasked by her boss to perform a "spiritual purification" of the office after multiple complaints of paranormal activity in the lunchroom.
Abdullahi, along with Iman Abdullahi and Sherry Rashidan, was one of the finalists for the inaugural Mosquers X Rifelion Script and Pitch Competition, which encouraged teams composed of Muslim writers and directors to pitch their short film concepts featuring Muslim characters in the workplace. “Unqualified AF” placed second in the pitch competition, winning the filmmakers a $500 prize.
In a statement to Fann, Ilhan Abdullahi said that the pitch competition “fostered a space and community where stories central to our being are centered, supported and encouraged — as outrageous as the plot [of “Unqualified AF”] may seem.” She continued by saying that the pitch competition is ultimately what propelled the script development and inspired a team to onboard and create the film. “We're so grateful for the support and community we found through the Rifelion and Mosquers pitch competition,” Abdullahi added.
Find the information for the casting call below.
Film: Unqualified AF
Shoots: Late February/Early March 2024
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Storyline: In this workplace comedy, Warsan — the lone Muslim employee — becomes an accidental exorcist when tasked by her boss to perform a "spiritual purification" of the office after multiple complaints of paranormal activity in the lunchroom.
CAROLINE - Female, 40 to 50 years old, Caucasian.
MICHAEL - Male, 30 to 40 years old, Caucasian.
NAJMA - Female, 20 to 30 years old, SWANA/Middle Eastern.
All roles are non-union and will be paid a $200 honorarium. Those interested should send their headshot, resume and demo reel (if applicable) to UAFFilm@gmail.com to receive character descriptions and sides. Auditions will be performed via self-tape.
Ilhan Abdullahi is a Somali Canadian storyteller, public health professional and screenwriter living on the unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada). Through her work, research and passion in film, Abdullahi looks to explore how community organizing and narrative storytelling can contribute to the liberation of the communities she is a part of. In 2021, Abdullahi was selected as one of the emerging Black filmmakers in Vancouver to take part in the Being Black in Canada Film program, where she wrote and directed her short documentary “Dreamers” (2023), which centers the Somali refugee community. Also a recipient of the Telus StoryHive’s Black Creator’s Edition grant, Abdullahi recently co-wrote and co-produced her short comedy film “Not For Us?” (2023). Most recently, Abdullahi was selected to take part in the Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab to develop her feature film “Lifeline.”