Mounia Akl is a Lebanese Director and Writer living between Beirut and Los Angeles. 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 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.
In 2017, Mounia was chosen by the Directors' Fortnight to represent Lebanon at the 70th Cannes Film festival as part of the 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 and went on to screen at the BFI and the Sarajevo Film Festival.