Mounia Akl – Long Biography
Mounia Akl is a Lebanese Director and Writer living between Beirut and Los Angeles. She is currently working on her feature film COSTA BRAVA LEBANON, co-written with Clara Roquet and produced by Abbout Productions (Georges Schoucair and Myriam Sassine). With this project, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs where she was the recipient of the RT Features Fellowship, the Cannes Cinefondation Residency in Paris, and the Torino Film Lab where she won the production award. The project won the CNC Development Award at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the New Century Award and the Doha Film Institute Production Grant.
Mounia holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from ALBA, Lebanon and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University, New York. Apart from her Directing work, Mounia has taught film Directing at the Northwestern University, Chicago and taught a screenwriting Lab at Columbia University.
Her previous work includes Fiction Films, Series and Fashion Films. Her short film, Submarine, was in the Official Selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation). It also had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its MENA Premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. Submarinewas awarded the James Bridges Production Grant, the Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant, the IFP audience award, amongst others. It was also Staff Picked by Vimeo’s curators.
In 2017, Mounia was chosen by the Directors' Fortnight to represent Lebanon at the 70th Cannes Film festival as part of Lebanon factory. She co-wrote and co-directed with Costa Rican director Neto Villalobos and their film "El Gran Libano" opened the Directors' Fortnight on May 18, 2017 then went on to screen at the BFI and the Sarajevo Film Festival.
In October 2017, Mounia directed the episode Forbidden Lovein London of the Do Not Disturb Series, produced by Pulse Films and Jude Law, for Blackpills. It was the first time she had gone back to TV since her web/TV show in 2010, her first film school, Beirut I love You, which she co-created, co-directed, co-starred in, and which ran on prime time on LBC for 40 episodes.
In 2018, she completed 11 minutes, Fashion Films in collaboration with Fashion Designer Sandra Mansour, released exclusively on Vogue then Staff Picked by Vimeo.
Mounia is currently developing new projects, in TV and Film, one of which being her second feature film, set in the US.