Are you looking for the best up-and-coming independent films and movie-makers working in the industry? Film festivals, such as the Marina del Rey Film Festival, included award-winning writer and director Walid Chaya’s short indie film, "Driving Ms. Saudi." Visit drivingmssaudifilm.com for more information.
"Driving Ms. Saudi"
Official Selection 2022
Marina Del Rey Film
If you want to know who to watch out for in the movie business,
independent film festivals offer a look at some of the rising talent
currently making waves in the industry.
That’s why Marina del Rey Film
Festival announced the official
selection of writer and director, Walid
Chaya's short film, "Driving Ms.
Saudi" for the 2022 screenings.
"Driving Ms. Saudi" screened in Los Angeles on June 21st, as
part of the Marina del Rey Film Festival’s 2022 line-up.
The Short Indie screened
alongside several other
Based on a stage sketch, and filmed in 2018, "Driving Ms. Saudi" is a
humorous yet topical short film that shines a light on the changes
introduced to Saudi Arabia’s law that allowed women to drive.
The film depicts a son trying to help
his mother learn to drive for the first
time behind the wheel, while also
providing a subtle commentary on
The film’s accolades include several awards, such as winning Best
Comedy Short at the WOW Film Fair Middle East and Best Comedy at
the Asia South East Short Film Festival.
Additionally, the short film has been an
official selection at multiple film festivals,
including Sydney’s Indie Short Film
Festival, Dubai’s Independent Film Festival
and Verona’s International Film Fest.
Walid Chaya, the film’s writer, director and leading actor, has worked on
multiple projects across film and television, including roles on hit shows
such as "The Blacklist: Redemption" and "Madam Secretary."
When creating "Driving Ms. Saudi,"
Walid was inspired by the
#women2drive movement that
campaigned to ease the restrictions
on women driving in Saudi Arabia.
Currently in its 11th year, the Marina del Rey Film Festival celebrates
independent films from around the world and across multiple genres
"Driving Ms. Saudi," the award-
winning indie film and official
selection for Marina del Rey Film
Visit drivingmssaudifilm.com for more information.