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About Me

Director. Writer. Producer. Storyteller.

Arthur "Artii" Smith is an acclaimed first-generation Sierra Leonean-American Filmmaker renowned for his exceptional perspective shaped by his entrepreneurial heritage and diverse upbringing in Queens, NY. With an extensive repertoire in the Film, Television, and digital media industry, Artii has garnered numerous accolades as a writer, director, and producer. 


Artii has crafted an impressive body of work, ranging from captivating scripted short films to a feature-length production, which have captivated audiences on both National Television and popular streaming platforms. Notably, he earned the prestigious Grand Prize for Best Short Film at the esteemed 2020 Marina Del Rey Film Festival and the distinguished Award of Excellence at the Global Shorts Awards. 


His creative endeavors in the branded, commercial, unscripted television, and narrative domains have garnered over 50 million collective views, underscoring his immense impact as a visual storyteller. Artii is driven by his commitment to challenging cultural stereotypes, passionately endeavoring to authentically represent the diverse voices that shape our extraordinary world.


With an unwavering dedication to his craft, Artii Smith exemplifies professionalism and continues to leave an indelible mark on the filmmaking landscape with his visionary storytelling prowess.

Awards & Fellowships

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"Don't Try This Alone", Grand Prize for Best Short Film

Marina Del Rey Film Festival, 2020

"Don't Try This Alone", Award of Excellence

Global Shorts Awards, 2020

"Office Sweats", National Finalist

Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel Competition, 2018

"The Perfect Candidate"

2nd Place Winner of Best Short Film

Los Angeles AT&T Create-A-Thon, 2018

 

 

"Blackout" & "Lost in Manhattan", Second Rounder, 

Launch Pad Feature Competition, 2021

"Lost in Manhattan", Top 100 (Feature or TV Pilot), 

Table Read My Screenplay Competition Austin, 2021

 

Winner, Millennial Voices Pitch Competition

21st Century Fox , Fox 2000, 2017

Quarter-Finalist

Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, 2017

 

Creative Writing Fellow

Greenhouse Arts & Media Creative Writing Lab, 2017

 

Diversity Fellow

Roadmap Writer's, 2016

 
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