Haya Waseem


Haya Waseem is a Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker, raised in Switzerland and living in Brooklyn. Constantly adapting to new environments and people, Haya developed a keen sense of observation that she weaves into her work. Haya's intuitive sensibilities absorb the undercurrent of a moment and concentrate them into singular frames, creating a dreamlike, sensory experience.

She began her career as a documentary editor, allowing her to shape stories and interact intimately with rich, character-driven narratives. Haya carried those principles of honesty and perspective into her creative work as a director. Her short films have screened at prestigious festivals such as TIFF, Cannes, Berlinale and across all Air Canada flights. She is an alumna of the Director’s Lab program at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. Most recently, Haya wrapped principal photography on her first feature film through Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch program.