Talent Guide

Aya Hamdan

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Producing Lab 2022


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 was supported by Sundance Ignite and The Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture Fellowship. In 2022, it screened at Oscar®-qualifying festivals and The Museum of Modern Art as part of The Future of Film is Female film series. Dress Up explores themes present in Aya’s upcoming debut feature film in development, Out of Water.

Current Project

Out of Water


A coming-of-age about the childhood, teendom, and adulthood of a young woman growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to an American mother and Syrian-born Muslim father. When Layla’s grandpa arrives from Syria, her relationships with her family members and her identities, including her sexuality, are tested.