Rotterdam Lab

Aya Hamdan

Aya Hamdan is a Palestinian-American producer based in New York. 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 NYU Tisch MFA candidate 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 and was selected to take part in the 2022 Film Independent Producing Lab.

10 MILS Productions - USA

10 MILS Productions is an independent production company founded in 2019. It focuses on both narrative short and feature films by emerging SWANA (South West Asian and North African) writers and directors.


Projects in development

Out of Water by Karina Dandashi (feature) 

Cousins by Karina Dandashi (series) 


Projects in post-production

Cousins by Karina Dandashi (short)

Sweet Refuge by Maryam Mir (short)


Released films 

Dunya's Day by Raed Alsemari (short)

Dress Up by Karina Dandashi (short)

Aya Hamdan - photo

Rotterdam Lab

Rotterdam Lab participants 2023

See the names of the emerging producers joining us for the Rotterdam Lab 2023.