A man attempts to free himself of flaws only to learn that perfection can mean many things.

Creative team

Writer/director: Karim Ayari
Co-producers: Jith Paul, Karim Ayari

Filmmaker’s statement

“‘Write what you know’ is a general rule for writers.

I subscribed to that principle when writing the script for Perfect. Writing about what I knew allowed me to complete the script in one evening as the main character’s tics and rituals were my own.

In fact, I consider Perfect to be the closest thing to having a microphone in my head.

I found the use of colour and movement important in a film that deals with the illusion of flaws and imperfections. The colours, the perfectly combed hair, the shapes and the overall whimsical tone were meant to represent the main character’s perspective of the world that surrounds him and his desire to achieve what he considers perfection.

My goal in making Perfect was to dispel the myths surrounding Tourette syndrome.

Being chosen as one of Canada’s top nine shorts in 2013, being featured on the nationally broadcast CBC Short Film Face Off and having the film screen here on NSI’s website has definitely helped me achieve that goal.”

About Karim Ayari

Karim Ayari

Karim Ayari is a young Canadian filmmaker born in Ottawa.

He has degrees in both communications (University of Ottawa) and radio-broadcasting (La Cité collégiale).

He has travelled around the globe to pursue his passion for filmmaking.

In 2011, he shot and co-directed Lost Rails: Into the Kingdom, in which he follows three Canadian travellers in search of Cambodia’s legendary Bamboo Express. Later that year, Karim travelled to the slums of India to expose the serious problem of forced prostitution and human trafficking in the documentary Caged Innocents.

His short films have received several television broadcast credits across Canada, including the multi-film festival winner Polar Bear Love and Perfect, both of which were finalists in CBC’s annual national short film competition in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Perfect also received a glowing review from the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and praise from the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome.

In 2012, Karim wrote and directed his first feature film, Thirteen Downs, which opened the Ottawa International Film Festival.

He then took on the role of cinematographer for the short film Algebra, which won the best technical quality award at Ottawa’s Digi60 short film festival.

Karim plans on directing his second feature film in 2014. You can see more of his work at


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