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  • Name: Aya Hamdan

    Recipient Year: 2022

    Sponsor: ISF Film Grant|Palo Alto Networks Group

    Name of Film: Sweet Refuge

    Description: Aya Hamdan is a Palestinian-American producer based in Brooklyn, NY. She founded 10 Mils Productions, through which she leverages her business background, the power of story, and her commitment to representation in the media to support storytellers from her communities. Aya co-produced DUNYA'S DAY, which won the short film Jury Award for International Fiction at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She produced DRESS UP which premiered at the Oscar®-qualifying film festival Aspen Shortsfest in 2022. Her short films COUSINS by Sundance Ignite fellow Karina Dandashi and SWEET REFUGE by Maryam Mir are both aiming for a 2023 film festival run. Aya’s upcoming debut feature film by writer/director Karina Dandashi, OUT OF WATER, is in development. Aya is a 2022 Film Independent Producing Lab fellow.

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