Mounia Akl is a director and writer from Lebanon living between Beirut and New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from ALBA and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Apart from directing, Mounia has taught film directing at the NHSI film summer institute at Northwestern University, Chicago and was a preceptor in Screenwriting at Columbia University, New York where she was also Richard Peña's teaching assistant. Her previous work includes four fiction films, two web series and recently Lights, an omnibus feature film made of 6 chapters directed by 6 directors, including herself, from Breaking Wave Pictures, a collective she co-founded in New York.
Her last 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 and its MENA premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival where it won the Muhr Jury Prize. Submarine was awarded the James Bridges production grant, the Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant, the IFP Audience award, the Liberty Global Best Film Award at the Denver Film Festival and an honorable mention at the Atlanta Film Festival.
Just recently, Mounia was chosen by the Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s fortnight's Factory 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" will open the Directors Fortnight on May 18, 2017.
She is currently writing her feature film The Most Beautiful Place in the World with Spanish co-writer Clara Roquet.