Mounia Akl is a Lebanese Director and Writer living between Beirut and the US where she co-founded the Collective Breaking Wave. She is currently working on her feature film COSTA BRAVA LEBANON, co-written with Clara Roquet, and produced by Abbout Productions (Myriam Sassine and Georges Schoucair) and Cinema Defacto (Sophie Erbs and Tom Dercourt). With this project, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Screenwriters Labs in Utah, the Cannes Cinefondation Residency in Paris, the Torino Film Lab (Winner of the production award), the Atelier D’Angers and the Fondation Liban Cinema rewriting workshop. 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 where she was Richard Peña's teaching assistant.
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 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 honourable mention at the Atlanta film Festival. 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 Love in London of the Do Not Disturb Series, produced by Pulse Films and Jude Law, for Blackpills. After that, she completed 11 minutes, and a Fashion Film in collaboration with Fashion Designer Sandra Mansour, released exclusively on Vogue then Staff Picked by Vimeo. Mounia is currently in post production for Fashion/Architecture/Brand Films, between Lebanon, New York and Paris where she is represented by WOMANRAY.
She is also developing the treatment of her second feature film, set in the US.