Laura Wadha is a half Scottish/ half Syrian documentary filmmaker. She will soon graduate from the National Film and Television School where she is studying an MA in Directing Documentary.
In 2013, she graduated from Edinburgh College where she studied HND Television for two years. Her short documentary ‘Saved By Shrapnel’ was shortlisted at the Creative Loop Awards, the student showcase run by Creative Scotland and her graduation film won the Audience Award at the college degree show screening. It went on to be nominated for a ‘BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Award 2014’.
Shortly after leaving college, she submitted a short film idea to ‘Bridging The Gap’ – a documentary development scheme run by the Scottish Documentary Institute. She was shortlisted to the final ten and spent six weeks developing her film. ‘Flight’ is a personal documentary about how the conflict in Syria has affected her family, she is half Syrian and has family living in the centre of Damascus.
After this, she developed the same film through ‘Fast Track To Features’ with the Sheffield Doc/Fest. It was a six-month process and began with the selection of sixty projects across the UK. To make it to the final six they had to pitch to a panel consisting of top industry producers and documentary filmmakers in the UK. Her project ‘Flight’ was selected for the winning six and she then had the opportunity to pitch at the Festival in June to a panel consisting of BBC Storyville, Sky, Britdoc and Discovery.
From 2013-2015 she volunteered with the University of Edinburgh’s student radio station, FreshAir.org.uk. As the ‘Head of Arts’, she managed a team of students covering events like the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Fringe Festival.