PROJECTS

 

Rolla Selbak

Filmmaker, Podcaster, Storyteller 
Rolla Selbak is a Sundance 2017 filmmaker, and a triple- minority in the film industry: a queer, Muslim-American woman.
 
She is a writer/director of film and TV drama, and is known for bringing strong female characters to the forefront of her work. She imprints her fresh point of view as a queer Arab immigrant having moved to the U.S after the first Gulf War, and often focuses on socially controversial topics.

Her credits include writing and directing "Choke", about a rising MMA fighter who hides her Syrian refugee status from her small American town, starring Jessica Damouni, and helming the internationally acclaimed feature film "Three Veils", a first of its kind to confront homosexuality within the Muslim-American subculture.

Selbak's most recent project, "Ya Bint", a dramedy TV series she co-created with Jack Ryan's Dina Shihabi, is in development with 20th Century Fox.
 

BIO

 

Awards

WINNER

OUTSIDER'S AWARD

OUT NORTH

THEATER 2011

AUDIENCE AWARD

B E S T  F I L M

PORTLAND WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL 2011

WINNER

RAINBOW

AWARD

Honolulu LGBT

International 2011

JURY AWARD

B E S T 

F I L M

AFFMA 2011

JURY AWARD

B E S T 

FEMALE FEATURE

Long Island LGBT

International 2011

WINNER

B E S T 

SCREENPLAY

San Diego LGBT

International 2012

 Outstanding 

ARTISTIC 

ACHIEVEMENT  

San Diego LGBT 

International 2012

JURY AWARD

B E S T  F I L M

S.F WOMEN'S

International 2011