Mounia Akl is a director and writer from Lebanon based in New York with an MFA in Directing from Columbia. Apart from directing and screenwriting, Mounia is a directing faculty at the NHSI film summer institute at Northwestern University in Chicago, and was a preceptor in Screenwriting at Columbia University where she was also Richard Peña’s teaching assistant. Her previous work includes fiction films, web series, commercial work and recently Lights, an omnibus feature film directed by 6 directors, including herself, from Breaking Wave Pictures, a collective she cofounded in New York in 2015. Her latest short film, Submarine, was in the official selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondation category. It also had its North American premiere at the Toronto international Film Festival, its New York premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival and will have its MENA premiere at the Dubai International Film. Submarine, which Premium Films acquired was also awarded the James Bridges production grant and the KODAK Motion Picture Grant that awarded 3 worldwide filmmakers in 2016. Just recently, Mounia was chosen by the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s fortnight to represent Lebanon at the 70 Cannes Film Festival as part of Lebanon Factory. The movie she will make will be one of 4 films opening the Director’s Fortnight. She will be co-directing with Costarican director Netos Villalobos. Her latest work includes editing and directing work and the writing of her feature film script The Most Beautiful Place in the World that she is co-writing with Spanish co-writer Clara Roquet.