The Kavana Entertainment team is involved in the International as well as the Hollywood Film and TV scenes. Combined, they communicate in 7 different languages, have won awards ranging from Oscar Nominations to Film Festival awards, and have shared knowledge on expert panels, seminars and at Universities around the world.
Michèle Ohayon is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kavana Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, with a mission to bridge between Hollywood and the rest of the world. Kavana offers consulting and production services for filmmakers around the world.
Michèle is an award winning director, writer and producer. Born in Casablanca and raised in Israel, Michèle graduated from Tel Aviv University (Film & Television). In 1984, she received the Israeli Best Film Award for Pressure, one of the first dramatic films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 1987, she moved to Los Angeles, where she went on to direct many acclaimed documentary features such as: It was a Wonderful Life (1987, PBS) narrated by Jodie Foster, Colors Straight Up (1997, PBS) nominated for an Academy Award, Directors Guild of America, Spirit awards and won 13 National awards, Cowboy del Amor (2005, Showtime) winner SXSW both jury and audience award, nominated for WGA award, Steal a Pencil for Me (2007), produced with Netflix, winner Jerusalem Film Festival, and Sonoma Film Festival audience award, S.O.S./State of Security (2010) premiered in Berlin Film Festival and Solar Roadways at Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2013, Ohayon made the tribute film for Angelina Jolie's Governors award, for the Academy of Motion Pictures, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and in 2014 the tribute film for Jean-Claude Carriere's Governors award, narrated by Jeremy Irons, with Irons, Richard Gere, Natalie Portman, Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert.
In 2016, Michèle was a supervising producer on CNN's Believer, hosted by Reza Aslan, and is currently producing the feature documentaries 100 Years and Power, which she is also co-directing. Michèle has recently completed her new documentary Cristina (Palm Springs ShortsFest, 2016). She's currently in post-production on a Netflix Original feature documentary.
Michèle has also moderated the first TV summit for the Berlin Film Festival 2014, followed by "Hollywood Inside and Out" at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2014, and served on juries of various festivals, including Berlin and Sarajevo as well as participated in talent campuses all over the world. In 2019, she returned to Berlin for the European Film Market, speaking on the "How To Navigate The Award Season" panel.
Michèle is also a fiction film writer with numerous screenplays developed by major studios such as MGM, FOCUS FILMS and STARZ cable. She has been a guest speaker/lecturer at various schools and colleges, including UCLA, AFI, USC, UVA, Georgetown, Wesleyan, Stanford, Chapman, Kenyon and more. For her body of work, Michèle received twice the Artist's Grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and was recognized for her fiction writing in the Chesterfield Writing Competition.
Michèle is one of the founders of Cinewomen and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where she serves on the Academy Executive Committee of the Foreign Films, the Documentary Branch, and the educational/grants committee. She is also a member of the WGA, DGA and IDA.
Sebastian Heinrich is the COO and Co-Founder of Kavana Entertainment. A German citizen, Sebastian now has 8 years of experience in the Film/Television industry, maintaining a fresh perspective in the Hollywood scene. Sebastian received a Bachelor of Arts in Film/Cinema/Video Studies at MHMK, and a Certificate of Directing and the Certificate of the Business and Management of Entertainment at UCLA Extension.
Sebastian is an editor and director, known for Kiss (2011), Angst (2010) and Inflagranti (2012). Sebastian was Chief Editor at Diamond Lane Films, Advertising Monitor at Defend Music Inc., Video Editor at Aligned Signs, and Assistant at Magnet Media Group. Sebastian offers a strong understanding of the production process and holds a strong foothold in the European Film and Television Industry.