Hayat Aljowaily 
Filmmaker. Changemaker. Cultural Programmer
Hayat Aljowaily is an Egyptian filmmaker, changemaker & cultural programmer based between Paris & Cairo. 
Having grown up between Washington D.C., Cairo, Geneva, and New York, Hayat has always been interested in issues related to global politics, cultural exchange, and identity. Hayat completed a BA in Social Sciences with a focus on law & Middle Eastern studies at Sciences Po, Paris, Menton Campus, and a BA in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University. 

Throughout her time at university, Hayat pursued her passion for social issues while interning with UN Women and the Lebanese NGO March Lebanon. She also delved into the world of film while interning with the film agency Mad Solutions in Cairo, film production company Maven Pictures in New York & J’aime Ce Garçon in Paris. Additionally, she gained experience in media & communications interning with Nineteen84 Management in Cairo and working with Columbia University's School of General Studies’ communications team. 

After graduating in May 2020, Hayat joined Mediawan’s documentary international sales team as an intern. Shortly thereafter, she was hired by Marvel Studios as a director’s assistant (to Mohamed Diab) on their series "Moon Knight" streaming on Disney +.  

Aside from her work as a film professional, Hayat is also a filmmaker. Hayat’s bachelor's thesis film, Maybe Next Time, has screened at over 10 events and festivals around the world. Most notably, it won the Audience Award at the Tripoli Online Film Festival in Lebanon. She is currently developing a number of independent projects, including short films and documentary projects. She is producing most of these projects under the Le Hangar label. 

Hayat is also the founder of Kalam Aflam, an association that aims to create a space for Arab & North African arts and culture in Paris (and beyond!) while supporting emerging artists from the region.
Hayat also freelances in different positions with various organisations. Most notably, she is the MENA advisor and creative consultant at Crtve Development, and the Cinegouna Bridge program manager at El Gouna Film Festival.