Leila Kanaan

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Leila Kanaan

Leila Kanaan is a French/Lebanese film director, writer and fashionista. Her most notable works include her music videos direction for most prominent Arabic stars such as Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe, Myriam Fares, Yara Diana Haddad, Cheb Khaled and Rashed EL Majed. Her music videos reflected her interest in unique Art Direction, Beauty and Fashion. In 2010, she won the Murex d'Or for best video of the year for two of her works tie, Nancy Ajram’s "Lamset Eed" and Haifa Wehbe’s "Baba Fein". In 2011, she won the Murex d'Or for best music video of the year again for Nancy Ajram’s "Sheikh El Shabab".

Leila has also a great experience in TV commercials, viral content and TV idents tackling clients such as L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Lux, Dabur Amla, Mobily, Zain, Etisalat, STC, Go, Flynas Saudi Airlines, Coca Cola, Unilever, Juhayna, Unicef, Sony, RTA Dubai, Puck, Lipton, Maggi, Knorr, LBC, AL Baghdadia, Rotana Cinema, DEWA Dubai, Al Noor Bank, IFFCO…

In parallel to this growth, Leila found time to obtain a Master of Research in Film, teach editing at IESAV (Institute of cinematic arts in Beirut), and directed two films: "My Father’s House" a cynical short film that made the rounds of short films festivals around the world and won numerous awards and an experimental short film about the July-August 2006 war in Lebanon, "After the Storm".

While successfully pursuing her career as director of commercials, she is now working on still confidential films and television series projects for the local, regional and international markets.

Awards:
• France, Cannes Lions, Titanium Lion for Abla Fahita (2015)
• Beirut, Music Nation, Best Music Video for Nancy Ajram "Super Nancy (2012)
• Beirut, Murex D'Or, Best Music Video for Nancy Ajram “Sheikh El Shabab” (2011)
• Dubai, PromaxBDA Arabia, The Habibi Award for the "Al Baghdadia" TV Idents (2011)
• Dubai, Arabian Woman magazine, One of the 30 Most Awesome Women (2010)
• Cairo, Middle East Music Awards, Best Director of the Year (2010)
• Cairo, Middle East Music Awards, Best Music Video for Nancy Ajram "Sheikh Al Shabab" (2010)
• Beirut, Murex d'Or, Best Music Video for Haifa Wehbe "Baby Be Good"(2009)
• Beirut, Murex d'Or, Best Music Video for Nancy Ajram "Lamset Eed" (2009)
• Cairo, Middle East Music Awards, Best Director of the Year (2009)
• Cairo, Middle East Music Awards, Best Music Video for Haifa Wehbe "Baba Fein" (2009)
• Deir El Kamar, Kamar d'Or, Best Screenplay for the Short Movie "My Father's House" (2003)
• Deir El Kamar, Kamar d'Or, Best Editing for the Short Movie "My Father's House" (2003)