Biography

Celine is an award-winning British-Lebanese writer and director, with a focus on female-driven children’s and young adult stories in Film and TV.

She is currently developing LAYLA IN DREAMLAND, a coming-of-age skateboarding drama exploring UK migrant culture. With early development funding from the BFI,  the project is being mentored by Will Clarke (Altitude Film Entertainment) and was selected as part of Edinburgh International Film Festival Talents 2019, Berlinale Talents 2020, London Film Festival’s Production Finance Market 2020, and EIFF Talent Lab Connects 2021.

The project was developed from her most recent short, LAYLA (2019), which is currently on a strong festival run having won and been nominated for awards at a number of Academy Qualifying festivals.

Her children’s short drama, THE TIME TREE (2018), was supported by the Doha Film Institute and made in association with the Academy-award winning Trademark Films. Premiering at Sarajevo Film Festival, it is now available online through Omeleto, receiving over half a million views.

THE EDGE OF HOME (2020), funded as part of h Club London’s Film Emerging Creative scheme 2019, is a short documentary exploring the lives of refugees in London. Recently completed, the film premiered at Austin Film Festival 2020.

A London Film School graduate, she is part of Directors UK Access and Inclusion committee and Directors UK Inspire 2020, through which she is mentored by Andy De Emmony.

Celine’s TV projects include children’s animation, MICE OF THE UNDERGROUND and YA comedy/drama, FIRST BLOOD.
She is represented by Katie Langridge at Knight Hall Agency. 

Other Credits

The Time Tree Short Film View
Description Year
1596. Anne, a deaf girl, bullied by the maids and mistresses who look after her, finds solace when she comes across a magical tree: a portal to the present, where she meets Jo and Rachel, who help her overcome her disability in a way she could never have imagined. 
 600,000 views on Omeleto. Official Selection: Sarajevo Film Festival 2018 CineKid Film Festival 2018 RiverRun Film Festival 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival 2019 Golden Door International Film Festival 2019 FilmQuest 2019 (award nominated: Best Fantasy Short) Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2019 2018
Layla Short Film View
Description Year
Relocated to Margate, Kent, Layla is a 60-year-old Syrian refugee, who balances her work at the local funfair with looking after her young granddaughter. Unable to build relationships with the British population around her, she finally makes a connection with a young boy, Femi, who teaches her to skateboard. A late-in-life, coming-of-age piece and an examination of migrant culture, the film stars Wafa al Shalati as Layla, herself a refugee, who arrived in the UK from Syria in 2016. Layla is her first role. Official Selection: Reel Sisters Film Festival 2019 (award won: Best Cinematography) Ajyal Film Festival 2019 (award nominated: Best Hilal Short) USA Film Festival 2019 (award nominated: Best Short Film) Cinequest 2020 (award nominated: Best Short Film) Short Shorts Film Festival 2020 2019
Indefinitely Short Film View
Description Year
Whether you're under the same roof or on the same video call, connecting with your loved ones during lockdown is far from easy. Just ask Tilly and Vic, who have big news to share with their relatives. Unfortunately for them, Tilly's parents aren't going to make this easy... Starring: Daisy Waterstone, Fanta Barrie, Richard Cunningham, with Harriet Thorpe, and Martin Trenaman. Made in Lockdown 2020. 2020
The Edge of Home Short Documentary View
Description Year
Financed as a grant recipient from h Club London’s Film Emerging Creative Scheme, The Edge of Home is the story of a family of Syrian refugees living North London, and how they have settled in their new community following their escape from Syria. Wafa lives with her husband and youngest son. She has not seen her eldest son in seven years, as he fled to Egypt, while the rest of the family went to Lebanon. Throughout the documentary we piece together what their lives were like before the civil war, versus what their lives are like now, and how they have adjusted to their new status of ‘refugee’. Each member of the family has a unique point of view about their new circumstances. This film is a meditation on family, humanity, and acceptance of circumstances that are beyond one’s control. Official Selection: Austin Film Festival 2020 Athens International Film Festival 2021 2020
Legs Short Film View
Description Year
Joy and Harry are trying to have a baby. One night, Joy swallows a spider in her sleep. When Joy subsequently develops an insatiable appetite for flies, it dawns on her that there may be more than one way of becoming a mother. 2021
After Eights Short Film View
Description Year
When Helen discovers her mothers ashes unceremoniously dumped in a biscuit tin at her brother's house she takes it upon herself to give them a proper burial. A simple story of love, loss and letting go, After Eights looks at three generations of women and the impact they had on each others lives. NOMINATIONS: Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2017 (Best Comedy), Lone Star Film Festival (Best Actress) OFFICIAL SELECTION: Great Lakes Film Festival (2017), Nassau Film Festival (2017), Comedy Shorts Film Festival (2017), Mediterranean Film Festival (2017) 2017
Grounded Short Film View
Description Year
Four adults in kids' clothes are trapped in a playground nightmare of their own making. As the world forces them to regress back to childhood, their own fears and insecurities become heightened. They play games with each other, attempting to survive at all costs, whilst above all trying to avoid the punishment of 'Mummy'. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Arizona Underground Film Festival (2016), Boston Underground Film Festival (2016), Melbourne Underground Film Festival (2016), SNOB (2016), Screentest (2016), Williamsburg Film Festival (2016) 2016

Awards

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