Rising Star Walid Chaya
Wins A Third Award For
Short Comedy Driving
Hollywood actor-director Walid Chaya has received
another award for his short film 'Driving Ms. Saudi'.
Chaya wrote, directed and starred in
‘Driving Ms. Saudi’, which was
produced by Moonlit Wings
Productions. The film has screened
at over 15 festivals worldwide.
Announced recently as the winning film at the Cairo Indie Short
Festival, the award marks the third for the rising star's worldwide
The Cairo Indie Short Festival seeks
short films from all genres and
nationalities, with particular focus on
countries which are under-represented
in the global film industry.
Nomination of ‘Driving Ms. Saudi’ followed evaluation and
short-listing by a team of professional screeners in a highly
competitive selection process.
The movie was selected as this
year’s winner after a panel of
judges reviewed and scored
‘Driving Ms. Saudi’ draws from the real-world events in Saudi
Arabia, where women were finally allowed to drive as of 2018.
Starring Walid Chaya himself, the
short movie charts the amusing tale
of a son trying to help his mother
drive for the first time.
Since its release, the movie has received official selections at over 15
international film festivals including the St Louis International Film Festival, the
Richmond International Film Festival and the Amsterdam Independent Film
Walid Chaya is an award-winning director-
actor based in Los Angeles. Walid can be
seen in ‘Madam Secretary’ (CBS), ‘Blacklist:
Redemption’ (NBC), ‘The Looming Tower’
(Hulu) and the feature ‘Skin’ directed by
Oscar-Winner Guy Nattiv.
The Lebanese filmmaker/actor views himself as a voice for the Arab
community, and his desire is to create content that empowers and
Walid said, “I believe that as an Arab-
American artist in Hollywood, it is my duty to
bring these crucial stories to light. I found this
film to be the perfect vehicle to put my skills in
action and support the #women2drive
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