About us

Cléo Media is an independent production and distribution company founded by the Egyptian filmmaker Mayye Zayed in Alexandria in early 2020, to focus on projects with women in front of and/or behind the camera across all media outlets and all genres with a special focus on projects that can have a big impact and help creating social change.


Mayye Zayed

An Egyptian independent filmmaker based in Alexandria. She's a film director, producer, editor and cinematographer whose work was screened in various venues and film festivals across the world including TIFF, Berlinale, Dok Leipzig, DOC NYC, AFI Fest, Cinemed, .. etc.

After studying Telecommunications & Electronics Engineering in Alexandria University, Mayye studied filmmaking in the Jesuits Film workshop in 2009/2010. Then she received the Fulbright scholarship and studied cinema and media studies in Wellesley College and Innovations in Documentary in MIT in 2011/2012 in the US. 

She is the recipient of the Getty Images ARRAY grant in 2017 and Film Independent's Global Media Makers Fellowship in 2017 and 2019. She’s also an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Mediterranean Film Institute, Documentary Campus Masterschool, DOX BOX and the American Film Showcase documentary program in USC School of Cinematic Arts.


Cleo Media's first production Lift Like a Girl is having its festival run at the moment. The film has had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2020 in Canada, its European premiere at Dok Leipzig 2020 in Germany where it received the Golden Dove Award for Best Film in the German competition. 

The film also had its US premiere at DOC NYC 2020 in the USA and MENA premiere at Cairo International Film Festival 2020, where it received 3 awards; Bronze Pyramid Award for Best First or Second Film, Audience Award and Isis Award for Best Egyptian Film representing the women's role socially and economically.

Our services

What we do


Focusing on female-driven content, our work ranges from art house films to online educational videos.

  • Screenwriting
  • Casting
  • Location Scouting
  • Production
  • Post-production
  • Consultation


Believing in the power of media, we focus on stories that empower women and break stereotypes, creating social change.

  • Impact Campaign Strategy
  • NGOs Networking
  • School & Community Screenings
  • Educational Resources & Screening Guides


Being an independent production company, we try to find our way to have our films and stories presented to the audience across the MENA region and the world.

  • Festival Strategy & Management
  • Promotional Material
  • Marketing & Social Media Campaign
  • Film Distribution in Egypt


You can support our work when it comes to impact by taking these actions.

Host a screening

Take our films to schools, youth centers, sport clubs, community centers, universities,.. etc.

Invite Us to Speak

Invite our team behind the campaign for a screening followed by a Q&A and/or workshop at your class, team, ... etc.

Support our work
You can support us financially or technically or just by giving us access to your network and resources.
Become a partner

Collaborate with us to have more outreach and bigger impact to more communities.

Join our team
Be part of our impact team whether at a national or international level.
Spread the word

By sharing news about our films and impact campaigns on social media.

Previous Work (SELECTED)

During the period (2009 - 2019), Mayye Zayed has worked in various film projects either as a freelance filmmaker or as part of Rufy's Films; the collective that she co-founded in 2013 with 5 other filmmakers in Alexandria.

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