A very talented filmmaker has just uploaded her first film, 'We Might as Well' to her Film Annex WebTV. Wafa'a Celine Halawi shot the dance film in an historic Beirut, Lebanon location also home to the Karaj, Beirut’s first non-profit media lab for experimental arts, architecture and technology, where she is a Contributor.
The combination of this beautiful "stage", filming techniques (stop motion, time lapse), and direction come together brilliantly in this Cinedans film festival debut short.
We'll look forward to the next work Wafa'a uploads and details of her upcoming projects which we will share with you asap!
About Wafa'a Celine Halawi:
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.
As a director, 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 and Basil Khalil), as well as the fiction feature Cello (with producers Paul Ryan, Yan Fisher 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; Christine Vachon was part of the Jury. She is also a part-time film teacher at the Lebanese American University and has started a series of dance films in Beirut, the first of which was selected at the Cinedans dance film festival.
Wafa’a has written all her films including the feature Cello. Recently, Wafa’a was published in the collective book Of Others (Tamyras), and will launch an illustrated story, The Garden of Laughter in 2012.