Mahaliyah Ayla O is an award winning filmmaker from the Bay Area. She holds an MFA in Film & Television Production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Her MFA thesis film, Masks, experienced an extensive festival run, during which it won 3 awards in the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival and was a Finalist in the Student Academy Awards®.
She is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment.

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NBCUniversal 2018 Short Film Festival
Outstanding Drama
Audience Award
Critics Choice Award

2018 Student Academy Awards


Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

AT&T Audience Award for Best Short

Iris Prize


BENT: the 27th annual Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival

Best Short

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Lesbian Short Film

Dayton LGBT Film Festival Audience Award
Best Drama

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

Best LGBT Short

New York Los Angeles International Film Festival

Best Narrative Short

OUTshine - Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Short Film

Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival
Best Student Director

Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage
Golden Tanna Award

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Festival

Best Emerging Filmmaker

DC Black Film Festival
Best Student Film
Best Director