Media Practice Lecturer

Division: Media, Communication and Performing Arts

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Walid Salhab is a Media Practice Lecturer in the Media, Communication and Performing Arts Division.

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Walid Salhab, Media Practice Lecturer at Queen Margaret University and award-winning filmmaker 

Walid Salhab, a Media Practice Lecturer at Queen Margaret University, has made several films to date, all of which have received critical acclaim in local, national and international press, as well as from film and music festivals. His unique style of stop-motion/time-lapse filming has helped promote Edinburgh at home and internationally, and his portrayal of the construction of the Kelpies in Falkirk has boosted visitor numbers to the Falkirk area and put the town on the international tourist map.

Walid grew up in Lebanon but came to Scotland to further his education. He studied information technology at Queen Margaret University and Television Broadcast at Jewel and Esk Valley College in Edinburgh for four years. After graduation he started work as a graphic artist, eventually becoming a TV producer at various local television stations in the Middle East.


In 1990, Walid returned to Scotland and worked for a variety of broadcasters and corporate companies as a freelance film-maker and graphic designer, including the BBC, MTV and Channel 4. He also worked as a consultant for the Saudi Arabian Government, doing a feasibility study for the creation of a television station and an crowd control system relating to the Pilgrimage to Makkah.

His short films have been screened and won accolades at media festivals and competitions around the world. His work has also featured on television on BBC Reporting Scotland, STV Scotland Today and STV Scotland Tonight. He has been interviewed for his work on various tv and Radio station (BBC, ITV, STV) In print media he has featured in the Edinburgh List, The Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News (front page), The Sun, The Daily Record, the Scottish Film Magazine and Lebanon’s Al Adib newspaper. He has also made a range of adverts and educational and co-operative films.  

For over 10 years Walid has been a lecturer in Media Practice at QMU. Aside from teaching, he makes films as part of his work at the university and in his own time. In recent years, his short films have received many awards on the international film circuit. In 2012, his film project 'Bra-et Al Rouh', aka 'Innocence of the Spirit', premiered and won two awards at the AFI World Cinema Festival at the prestigious Palais during the Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win seven awards worldwide. In May this year, Walid’s stunning stop motion film ‘Avaritia’ – a live action animation - premiered at Cannes. Avaritia has also already won an Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Competition and will continue to be shown at other film festivals around the world.

In order to make ‘Avaritia’ Walid has spent the last three years perfecting a unique stop-motion/hyperlapse photographic technique. His film Kinetic Edinburgh II received over five millions on hits on YouTube. Following much media interest in his kinetic suit of films, Walid secured a commission from the Helix Project to capture the five month construction phase of the momentous Kelpies structures – visually documenting a period in Scotland’s history. His film of the Kelpies and Falkirk can be viewed on Vimeo at:.

Winner, (liberation/social justice/protest), Award of Merit, Best Shorts, March 2012

Winner, Best Leading Actress (Katherine Abuaglain), Award of Merit, The Indie Fest, April 2012

Winner, Best World Peace Relations (short film), Cannes Artisan Festival International, World Cinema Initiative, June 2012, Cannes, France

Winner, Best Actress (short film) (Katherine Abuaglain), Cannes Artisan Festival International, World Cinema Initiative, June 2012, Cannes, France

1st Runner Up (Audience Award - Narrative Short), Woods Hole Film Festival, August 2012, Cape Cod, USA

2nd Runner Up (Best Short Film Award), Vegas Cine Fest, October 2012, Las Vegas, USA

Winner, ‘Collège au Cinema’ Award, Travelling Film Festival, February 2013, Rennes, France

Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner 2015

Best Shorts, (Award of Excellence) 2015

Award of Merit Indie Fest 2015

Official selection woods Hole 2016

Official selection New Hope Film festival 2016

Official selection BuSho Budapest film festival 2016

Codaworx award winner 2014