Zaidi is an award-winning creator, a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, and a Certified Buyer of the world’s most significant film sales markets, like Cannes. He has an ownership stake in Industry Corporation, a Canada-based multinational technology corporation that developed and launchedDesignware.io.
Hammad hosted 140 episodes ofLimping On Cloud 9, a podcast, and wrote 300+ articles onGoing Bionic, his film distribution, and his career strategy column.
Zaidi has been a jury member, filmmaker advisor, showcase curator, panelist, advisory board member, and world cinema screener at several film festivals, like Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, Nashville, and Flickerfest, amongst many more. He has also been an adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and panelist at several universities, including UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Chapman, The Watkins Film School (acquired by Belmont University in 2020), San Diego State, and others.
Hammad Zaidi received his Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Film and Television Producers Program.
Hammad directed “Baptized at Lucky Lucky Lube,” a short that played 28 festivals in six countries (The United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, and France). Zaidi earned national recognition when featured on Ain’t It Cool News. Zaidi was also showcased on “Tennessee Film Night“ at the 2001 Nashville International Film Festival.
Zaidi helmed “Champions Of Hope,” a September 11th related Public Service Announcement for the first anniversary of 9/11. The project was endorsed by the White House, paid for by Disney and Verizon, and distributed by Regal Theaters on 5,001 theatrical screens. It aired on major television networks and played at several sports arenas. As a result, an estimated 650,000-1,000,000 children engaged in community service, making it one of the largest youth mobilizations in American history. This project also earned an article on Ain’t It Cool News.
Hammad has been directing a 20+ year shoot for his mockumentary, “The Fate Escape.” The clips below feature Academy-Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, former Los Angeles Lakers standout Kareem Rush, and Dee Caruso, Hammad’s screenwriting professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Film.