Michèle Ohayon, an award winning writer, director and producer, has over fifteen years of professional filmmaking experience all over the world. Born in Casablanca and raised in Israel, she graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in Film/Television, with an emphasis on Directing.
Ohayon produced, directed, and edited her first film "Lo Naim" at the age of nineteen. Several fiction and non-fiction works followed, including the dramatic film "Pressure." Critically acclaimed, "Pressure" won the 1984 Best Israeli Film Award and aired on American and European television. After living in Europe for several years, producing numerous films and commercials, Ohayon moved to Los Angeles in 1987, where she continued to make films. For her body of work, Ohayon received the 1996 and the 1998 Artist’s Grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and was a finalist in the Chesterfield Writing Competition 2000.
Ohayon is currently developing feature and television projects with producers Hawk Koch, Morgan Freeman, Mary Jane and Harry Ufland, Michael Philips and Juliana Maio, Janet Yang, Alex Rose, Sid Ganis, Anthony Edwards and others. She is also developing "Straight UP!" at MGM (director) and "Steal A Pencil for Me" for Starz (writer-director.) She has currently completed writing a screenplay based on the book "Little Boy Blue" by Ed Bunker for producers Michael Philips and Juliana Maio.
Ohayon is a founding board member of Cinewomen and an honorary board member of Colors United/Living Literature, as well as YKO. Her goal as filmmaker is to tell good, truthful stories about real people and to make films that open hearts and minds.