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Avi Nesher, Israel (2014)


Avi Nesher's acclaimed films have played a major part in Israeli cinema's success and rise to international prominence. His films have netted multiple Israeli Academy Award wins and over two dozen nominations. Each of his most recent three features - The Secrets, The Matchmaker and The Wonders - had its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and all three were welcomed with critical acolades.

Nesher's earlier films include Turn Left at the End of the World, which was nominated for seven Israeli Academy awards and was the biggest Israeli box office of the decade; The controversialThe Troupe has become a cult classic; and Rage & Glory, another politically-charged film was recently selected by the Lincoln Center Film Society as one of the most important films in Israeli cinema history.

After seeing Rage and Glory, legendary producer Dino De Laurentis (Blue Velvet) convinced Nesher to come to Hollywood, where Nesher wrote and directed Timebomb for MGM andDoppelganger for 20th Century Fox. Both films won prizes at the Avoriaz Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival in France. Nesher also wrote, produced and directed the independent featureThe Taxman which opened to extraordinary reviews.

Currently Nesher is in pre-production on Past Tense – written by Nesher and award winning novelist Kate Walbert and produced by Anthony Bregman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

Nesher has received the Cinematic Excellence Award at the Haifa Film Festival, the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival and a star on the Avenue of the Stars – an honor rarely bestowed upon directors.

Koby Gal-Raday, Israel (2013-14)


Koby Gal-Raday serves as head of Drama, Documentary and Cinema Department – Reshet, Channel 2 – the major commercial broadcast channel in Israel.


Prior to joining Reshet, Gal-Raday served in several executive positions such as head of the Screenwriting Department, Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem; director of Greenhouse – a Mediterranean Development Project for feature-length documentaries, funded by the EU; founding co-manager of July-August Productions, where his producer and script editor credits include numerous award winning and internationally acclaimed cinema and television titles, such as The Band’s Visit and The Champagne Spy.


Gal-Raday graduated with outstanding distinction from The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem and won over 20 personal prizes and awards over the last ten years.


Gal-Raday is a member of the European and Israeli Film and Television academies.

Gino Ventriglia, Italy (2012-13)


Born in Naples in 1954, Gino Ventriglia got a Fulbright Fellowship and achieved a double Master of Fine Arts in Directing and Screenwriting at USC - University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

He works as a script consultant for cinema and television production companies (Rai Cinema, Lumiere, Studio Canal Urania, Tao2, Cattleya, Sintra, Eagle Pictures, Grundy, Filmmaster, IDF, Istituto Luce, Italian International Films, Bavaria).


He has co-written three movies. He has also written and developed a number of TV movies, TV series and long series. He teaches drama theory at the Corso RaiScript, Scuola Holden, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He edited three books about screenwriting and since 1994 he is member of the editorial staff of the quarterly magazine, Script.


He currently works as a tutor with the Torino Film Lab Writers’ Room (Transmedia Projects) and with the Biennale College Cinema, Cinema Festival of Venice.

Hagai Levi, Israel (2012) 


Hagai Levi was born in Israel in 1963. He is a producer, director and screenwriter.

He created, co-produced and co-directed the Israeli TV series In Treatment (Be’Tipul, 2005) which was widely praised in the Israeli media as “the best Israeli drama series ever”, and won all major awards at the Israeli Academy Award.


The series was adapted in many countries –including an American version for HBO – In Treatment (2007), which won several Emmy and Golden Globe awards; Levi is an executive producer of the series and director of some episodes.

Levi wrote, directed and co-produced the feature film August Snow (1993). Later on, he created, co-produced and co-directed the drama series Short Stories About Love (1997) which won twice the best drama award at the Israeli Academy Awards.

He co-created and co-produced the daily drama series Love Around the Corner (2002). He co-created and directed the mini-series 101 (2000) and the single drama Premiere (2002).


Levi served as head of the drama department at Keshet, Israel’s largest commercial channel (2004-2007), was a film critic of various newspapers (1990-2002).


During 2013-2014, Levy created two hit television series. The first, The Cursed, a mocumentary style mini-series following some of Israel's most proliphic thinkers, aired on Israel's prime cable channel, and The Affair, which premiered in late 2014 on the the prime US cable channel, Showtime.


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