Michèle Ohayon is an award winning director, writer and producer. Born in Casablanca and raised in Israel, Michèle graduated from Tel Aviv University (Film & Television), after serving in the army. 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.
In 2013 Ohayon made the Academy of Motion Pictures tribute film for ANGELINA JOLIE, narrated by Morgan Freeman, for Jolie’s Governor’s academy award for her humanitarian work, and this year (2014) tribute film for Jean Claude Carriere, Academy Award, narrated by Jeremy Irons, with Irons, Richard Gere, Natalie Portman, Juliet Binoche and Isabelle Huppert.
Michele is also a Co-CEO of Alliance Cinema, producing commercial feature films with A list cast. She co-founded the Kavana Entertainment with a mission to bridge between Hollywood and Europe, and offer seminars, lecture and consulting for filmmakers around the world.
Michele 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 was a member of the jury of various festivals, including Berlin and Sarajevo.
Michele 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 the 1996 and the 1998 Artist’s Grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and was recognized for her fiction writing in the
Chesterfield Writing Competition 2000. Michèle is one of the founders of Cinewomen. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures where she serves on the International committee, foreign film committee and the educational/grants committee. She is also a member of the WGA, PGA 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.