His 2017 film, Last Men in Aleppo, earned him a 2018 Academy Award nomination and an Emmy for Best Documentary Feature. The film followed a small group of volunteer rescue workers with the White Helmets civil defense organization. Last Men in Aleppo premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary competition. The film went on to screen at festivals around the globe and received another 18 international awards, including Best World Cinema Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Audience Award Washington D.C. International Film Festival, Best World Cinema Sarasota Film Festival, a Peabody Award and the Critics’ Choice Award. His latest film, The Cave, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 where it took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award. It has since been nominated in the Best Documentary category for the 92nd Academy Awards.
Fayyad was born in Syria in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in audio-visual arts and filmmaking from The International Film and Television School EICAR in Paris. He has directed and edited several films, both documentaries and fiction. His other films include the feature documentary My Escape and television documentaries Between the Fighter in Syria and Wide Shot- Close Shot. He also produced, co-wrote and edited the award-winning short film One Day in Aleppo directed by Ali Alibrahim.