Wafa’a is a Lebanese/ French filmmaker currently living in Beirut. She started acting at age 5 and pursued an acting career until she directed her 1st film and became a filmmaker. In 2004, Wafa’a graduated from the Lebanese American University in Beirut with the film Act I Scene 10. She then went to the New York Film Academy where the one-year program allowed her to direct various films, including Very Rough Draft as well as wining two commercial pitches, among which one for Stella Artois. After directing commercials and corporate videos in West Africa (Saatchi and Saatchi), and working extensively as a 1st Assistant Director mainly in the UK (Pinewood Studios) and Lebanon (Falling from Earth by Chadi Zeneddine), Wafa’a attended the University College London where she graduated with an M.A. in Film in 2008. Wafa’a is currently developing the fiction feature A Girl Made of Dust, adapted from the novel by Nathalie Abi_Ezzi (with producers Julian Friedmann, Ilan Girard and Basil Khalil), as well as the fiction feature Cello (with producer Paul Ryan and Nadine Mourad) that attended development and screenwriting workshops such as the Scene Insiders, Gothenburg Film Festival and won 1st prize for Feature development at the ENGAGE workshop sponsored by MEDIA; The jury was presided by Christine Vachon. She is also a part-time film teacher at the Lebanese American University and has started a series of experimental dance films in Beirut. As a writer, Wafa’a will have two published works this year: an illustrated story (Rimal) and a segment in a collective book (Mille Et Une Nuits).
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