After graduating from Concordia University's communication studies program, Nicolas worked in corporate communications and public relations for two years before taking the leap into film and television, and completing a masters in scriptwriting at the Universite de Montreal.
He has since produced different types of projects such as short films, documentaries and fiction pieces. He has also helped shape Locomotion Distribution, a frontrunner in distributing short films worldwide. Last year, he produced Made in MTL, a short subject documentary series about Montreal, helmed by various up and coming directors, as well as the highly acclaimed web site Madeinmtl.com that has since then received 15 awards and distinctions worldwide.
Nicolas is presently producing and directing a feature length documentary about Globalisation and Identity Into the Mix, and developing several projects with other writers and directors. He is particularly interested in projects that explore multimedia.
Mouna joined BlueSponge in 2001 after she received a Bachelor's degree in Arts from Concordia University with a focus in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts. At BlueSponge, Mouna worked on more than 40 (many of them award-winning) mandates for a diverse range of clients from both the corporate and cultural world, including Bell Canada Enterprise, Bombardier, CBC/Radio-Canada, Tele-Quebec, FIND (International Nouvelle Danse Festival), Seville Film Pictures, and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.
She also wrote and directed the more experimental web project SavedByTheBelles.com.She has been invited to present her work in numerous venues across Canada and abroad, including INIS (Quebec film and multimedia professional school), Concordia University, the Banff New media Institute, the FCMM (New Cinema and New Media Festival), Horizon Zero (BANFF), Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Aichi, and was appointed to the jury of the Bell Fund Cyberpitch 3.0 prize. Her latest project, madeinMTL.com - a co-production between BlueSponge and Locomotion Films- recently won 15 international awards and disctinctions among which a Best of Show & Best of Art at the South By South West web awards, a CyberLion in Cannes and a BIMA in Art & Culture at the British Internative Media Awards. She is currently completing her Master's degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where she hopes to pursue her work on physical interactive experiences and product design.
Chosen by Playback magazine as one of their gTop Ten to watchh, and by the Mirror's Best of Montreal readers' poll as gBest Local Filmmakerh (after Denys Arcand of course..), Ziad Touma is one of Canada's fastest rising filmmakers, working in film, television and new media.
Through his production company Couzin Films, Ziad produced, directed and co-wrote Saved by the Belles!, an award-winning feature film starring local nightlife celebrities and debutante starlets, which won Best Feature Film at Toronto's Inside Out Film Festival (2003) and was nominated for three 2004 Genie Awards (Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Music - Original Song).
Amongst its many adventures, the Belles' journey introduced the innovative web site www.savedbythebelles.com, co-produced with BlueSponge, which won the Boomerang Awards for Best Arts & Culture Website and was nominated as Best Extreme Entertainment Site at the SXSW Awards.
From 1995 to 2001, Ziad delved into a wide range of topics and events involving cinema, music, fashion, pop culture, politics and lifestyle as a producer, director and on-air videographer for Canadafs music television station MusiquePlus/MusiMax. His most recent television projects include directing TVAfs popular weekly entertainment magazine Star Syste`me Showcase's hit docu-soap series Webdreams produced by Galafilm, Showcasefs third season of Kink (2004) for Paperny Films, writing and directing two short documentaries for the series Made in Montreal (2004) broadcast on CTV and TV5 International and produced by Locomotion.
As a freelance journalist, Ziad has reported on the latest tracks and trends of the local and international urban culture for some of Quebec's top publications such as LaPresse, Voir, ICI, Clin d'Oeil and Summum magazines. Ziad also penned a social commentary column for over four years in the monthly magazine Nightlife, after which he acted as its creative director.www.couzinfilms.com