the Ma'aleh school of television, film & the arts, Jerusalem

Omri Levy / Teacher

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Omri levy - Writer and Director. Born 1970 in Berkley, California. Raised and lives in Jerusalem. Graduated with merit from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem in 1997. His graduation film, “Bedouin Sand” has won eleven international prizes at various film festivals around the world, including Mexico City and Chicago, was nominated for an Academy Award for Student Films in Los Angeles in 1998. It was chosen by 50 filmmakers around the globe (including Paul Newman, Pedro Almodavar, Paul Auster, William Dafoe and many more) as one of Sam Spiegel's 10 best films of all times. Upon completing his studies, he directed the highly praised television series “The Secrets of Kineret,” which won first prize in 2000 at both the San Francisco Festival and the Prix Jeunesse Festival in Munich. He also directed the 50-minute television drama “The Snow Man”.

“Miss Entebbe” - his first full-length feature film – was first shown at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival where it had received a special mention. It was commercially screened in Israel and was accepted to more than 50 international film festivals, including Montreal, Seattle, Palm Springs, Zlin, Taiwan, Los Angles and many more. The film won various prizes. In 2006-2012 he directed two short films: "A Moment before Takeoff" (2010), and" The Black Bag" (2012). He is now working on a new full length feature film script "Room 237", on a short film "Castles in the sand" and on a TV series, "The Ciber Man," starring actor Aki Avni. In 2007 he established the first international children's film festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Omri has been  the Academic Director of the Maale Film School in Jerusalem since 2007.