Mounia Akl is a Lebanese Director and Writer living between Beirut and New York. She is currently in post production on her feature film COSTA BRAVA LEBANON, co-written with Clara Roquet and produced by Abbout Productions. With this project, she was selected to participate in the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, the Cannes Cinefondation Residency, the Tribeca Film Institute and the Torino Film Lab. Her short film, Submarine, was in the Official Selection of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation), 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. After Submarine, 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.