Award winning music composer/ sound designer/ and voice artist.
Layal watfeh was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1980. She is now residing and working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her journey with music started so early when she was only 9 years old and got accepted inot the music conservatoire in Damascus to learn the violin, but later that year moved to Dubai with her family. At the age of 11, she focused on learning the piano for two years. At the age of 17 layal started her voice over career by recording for many programs, shows, and countless tv and radio commercials as well as recording many jingles for famous brands and products. 20 years later and she is still one of the very well known voice talents in the Middle East. Layal launched her career as a music composer at the age of 21, after working in several music production studios in Dubai, During this period Layal was keen on fulfilling her passion for music through learning whatever in related to sound and music techniques, She spent extra hours training on sound equipments and started composing her own music. A turning point in Layal's life came in 2002 when mbc group offered her a job as a post production sound engineer, sound designer and music composer. Layal accepted the job and worked for 6 years, making her way up to become the senior manager of this department in mbc. in 2009 Layal Watfeh decided that it was about time to start her own studio and pursuit her ultimate dream of composing for tv and Film. Later that year she resigned from mbc and focused on composing music for several different mediums including advertisements, tv series, documentaries, short films and feature films, in addition to other projects across the Middle East, the U.S.A, Canada, and U.K. Besides recording for tv commercials, layal has been the voice for many tv channels and networks across the middle east such as mbc2, mbc4, osn, Abu Dhabi tv and D.M.T.V. An album under the name of Lemonada was released in the Middle East back in 2004 featuring Layal as the main singer. Published by E.M.I. Music Arabia and sold and distributed via Virgin Megastores. Layal was one of 300 handpicked talents from around the world to attend the Berlinale 2014 in Berlin, Germany. In 2016 Layal signed a contract with Score A Score in Los Angeles, U.S.A. as one of their composers and since then has been assigned jobs in all different mediums ranging from tv commercials to feature films and theatrical trailers, in America and Canada. Layal is a winner of 8 international awards for her work in music and sound, and her latest award was at the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Awards, for Best Score in Trailer, category. She has also been nominated for another award at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2017 for her composition on the Invasion Game trailer.
Name: Layal Watfeh
Lives in: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Occupation: Music Composer, Sound Designer, Voice Artist and Singer
Unique traits: Middle Easter Have a vast interest in different cultures and their music
Film (Drama) Composer Where do you see yourself in five years? A standard question Mahmoud is asked in a job interview, only to open up deeper questions within him about his life's purpose. A former manual worker in a printing press whose job has become obsolete due to the growing use of computers, Mahmoud is at point in his life where he begins to relate to the extinction of dinosaurs. He leads a routine life that revolves around the photocopy shop he owns, his pension, always late, and his neighbors and customers who, like him, are warm and affectionate. Nothing clouds this pretty picture except for the greedy landlord, who harbours no compassion for Mahmoud's financial difficulties, and is constantly nagging him about his late rent. Meanwhile, Mahmoud grapples with developing feelings for his neighbor, Safeya, a widow, who in turn grapples with loneliness. Their budding romance hits many roadblocks, from their advancing years, to Safeya's son's disapproval of the relationship, to Safeya's own troubled ... Written by Amir Ramses
Motel fin de la route
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Qabl Zahmet al-Saif
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Film (Drama) Composer Every day Nawara goes to work along a path that takes her between the alleys of the poor neighborhood and the roads that lead to the villas within a luxury compound. Every day, on her way to work, she carries the worries of the people in her neighborhood and their simple dreams. Little does know that the spring of 2011 will bring her something unexpected. Written by anonymous
Dhakerah Men Waraq
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Television (Crime, Drama, Romance and Thriller) Composer Magnificent Egyptian series about a murder and a detective is on the case whom will discover shocking events behind the case
I Hugged the Berlin Patient
Film (Documentary, Adventure and Comedy) Sound department A documentary film-diary about a spirited cancer survivor from Singapore, Edgar Tang, who plunges into a spontaneous quest to find Timothy Ray Brown a.k.a. 'The Berlin Patient' - the first man in the world actually cured of HIV. With his old friend Dzul Sungit behind the camera, Edgar embarks on a raw and reflective exploration spanning three continents, retracing the medical marvel's life through his favorite city Berlin, the doctor who cured him, and his friends. As details emerge about Timothy's ordeal, beginning with his first risky bone-marrow transplant in 2007, Edgar finds lyrical parallels to his own recovery from Stage III Hodgkins' Lymphoma that same year. Armed with only his instinct and quirky personality, Edgar fleshes out an illogical plan to travel farther, just to hug the man. I Hugged The Berlin Patient is an organic journey about taking chances and making choices, culminating in a riveting face-to-face meet between the two survivors. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short, Drama and Family) Sound department Chaptered according to the Five Pillars of Islam. A recently divorced couple try to deal with change in a changing society.
Video (Short, Drama and Mystery) Composer Like a hallucination, four unlikely characters converge at their final destination - a private club called ACID - to be vindicated, whether they like it or not.
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The Road of Death
Film (Documentary and News) Sound department This short documentary was shot in Somalia and Dadaab camp in extremely dangerous conditions. The short film focused on the true and painful story of a Somalian mother, Amna Ahmad Adjo who was forced to leave her village in the drought stricken area of Djin and walk the Road of death to find water for her desperate children. But the journey is too long. Along the way her children die from thirst and exhaustion. She is forced to bury them one by one in the hard earth. In Dadaab Camp she meets a man from the Red Crescent who tries to make a difference. With over 12 million Somalians facing starvation this story needed to be told. Written by Anonymous
Butterflies of Trip City
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A Journey to Tripoli
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Baram & Hamza
Film (Short and Drama) Composer After an unusual morning, two 6-year-old boys, Hamza a Palestinian, and Baram an Israeli, leave their homes under usual circumstances. While each of their mothers is planning a new life for her child, the boys walk a great distance as Hamza chases the towns stray dog and Baram shakes off a fight he had with his sister, leading the two to meet at a hillside above an Israeli Settlement. Despite the fact that both boys come from strongly opinionated families, in which the rights for the land have been longed, and regardless of having no common language, Baram & Hamza become fast friends playing with nothing but dirt, rocks and an abandoned barrel. Innocently exchanging concrete items of their their identity, and before they even know it, they become part of the viscous cycle where humanity has become a luxury that is hard to achieve. Written by Zaid Abu Hamdan
The Strange Case of Salman abd al Haqq
Film (Short and Action) Composer The use of a foreign policy established in the mid-1990s by the US government has begun to spiral out of control since 9/11. Stories of Extraordinary Rendition, dubbed "the outsourcing of torture," have damaged America's image as a bastion of human rights advocacy with one scandal after another. The Strange Case of Salman abd al Haqq is a fictional short film based on the testimony and experiences of torture victims who have fortunately been released to tell their tales. It tells the story of its fictional protagonist Salman, who finds himself jailed and interrogated by the brutal Egyptian secret service in Cairo because of his alleged involvement with three suspected terrorists. Meanwhile, through flashbacks, we learn about Salman's past, from his up-bringing by devoutly Muslim parents in the wake of 9/11 to an identity crisis exacerbated by a year studying at a religious school in Saudi Arabia. The Strange Case touches on issues such as the morality of torture, the effectiveness of ... Written by Tim Gregory
Gold for best music New York festivals
Gold for best voice performance New York festivals
PROMAX Asia SILVER for best sound design
PROMAX world GOLD for best sound design