Director, A Quiet Heart
Eitan Anner is a writer and a director born in Jerusalem in 1969. He is a graduate of the Sam Speigel Film Institute, and a teacher at his alma mater. For the last 20 years, Anner has directed numerous television series for commercial Israeli channels, while writing and directing his own feature films and medium-length TV dramas. His works include A Quiet Heart (Grand Prix Tallinn Black Night IFF 2016),Love and Dance (official selection Berlinale/Generation K+, 2007), and Poker Face (Best TV Drama Award, Banff International TV festival 2002).
Director, Mr. Predictable
Roee Flortentin was born in 1975. After serving in the army, he began his career as a video editor and worked on many series and programs. For the last 14 years, he has been working as a director of television shows for broadcast channels in Israel, and he recently directed an upcoming Netflix series, The Greenhouse (HaChamama). He has a film coming out in the upcoming months,The 90th Minute , his second as director. Florentin lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, three children, and two cats.
Dr. David Milch
Producer, Past Life
Dr. David M. Milch, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Stanford, and Amherst College, moved to New York City after completing his research to pursue his business career. He was principal of Bermil Industries, a corporation controlled by the Milch Family, until 1989, when he began to dedicate his time to venture investments in technology and the life sciences. He is Founder and Vice Chairman of Allium Medical, a fully integrated publicly listed medical device company in Israel.
Dr. Milch has a long history supporting the arts, investing in and producing live theatrical performances including Avenue Q, In The Heights, West Side Story, and Finian’s Rainbow, for which he received a Best Musical Revival Tony Award nomination as producer in 2009. He is presently involved with three documentaries, and recently completed principal cinematography for a feature film. He is also an active philanthropist, participating in and funding charitable organizations such as ADL, Middle East Forum, The American-Israel Friendship League, The New Group, Demos, The Metropolitan Foundation, Jazz Foundation of America, Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth and The Brotherhood-SisterSol via The Dr. David M. Milch Foundation and its Ars Veritas initiative, “Arts for Social Impact.” Dr Milch currently resides in New York City with his wife and son.
Producer, Four by Four
For the last 15 years, Ofer Naim has been involved in film production, camerawork, editing, and directing in the feature and documentary film industry in Israel. In 2005 he directed and edited the documentary Secrets, the story of the life and death of the renowned singer Ofra Haza. This film created such a stir that it caused the reopening of the trial surrounding her last will and testament. This film was aired on YES DOCU to commemorate the first year passing on the day of her death, and afterwards on a number of other channels. In 2007, Naim made the series Hollywood Dreams, about famous and successful Israelis who emigrated to Film City, L.A., to try to make it to the top of the film industry. The series was five episodes long, featuring Noa Tishbi, Mili Avital, Michal Yanai, Mark Ivanir, Mike Burstein, Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, and others. The series was broadcast on HOT CABLE TV during the summer of 2007 and is still on access on their V.O.D. list.
Writer, The Women's Balcony
Shlomit Nehama grew up in Jerusalem, in a religious family. She worked for many years on Israeli TV, mainly in children's programs and animation series. The Women's Balcony is her first feature film, inspired by the story of her family and their neighborhood. Shlomit is 47 years old, and is a mother of two children.
“When I was 12 years old, we moved from central Tel Aviv to the Bukharin neighborhood in Jerusalem. It was a place full of life. Years later, when I returned to the neighborhood, I was surprised to see the many changes and the religious extremism that had all but taken over. In The Women’s Balcony, I wanted to tell the story of moderate people who are forced to deal with growing religious extremism. The film also offers comfort that religion can be different, and can still provide a rational community with compassion and love.”—Shlomit Nehama.
Actress, The Women's Balcony
Einat Sarouf is an Israeli TV host, actress, singer, and recording artist, known for “bringing an Israeli atmosphere to all the places she sings.” Sarouf learned music at the school “Rimon,” where she instantly became famous, mainly due to her hit singles for Thelma Aligon. She expanded her music style to modern and Mediterranean. In 2004, her first album “Shirim with Einat Sarouf” was released, and sold over 50,000 copies. In 2007 she participated in the TV show “ha’kasefet” as a guest star. In 2012, together with the hostess Aliraz Sadeh, Sarouf worked with the morning show “Kochav Be’Tzharaim,” which focused on the reality TV show “Kochav Nolad,” and was broadcasted on Arutz 24, in addition to Tel Aviv and Haifa radio. The two continued the broadcast, and developed a special spinoff—“Kochav Nolad 10-Galgal Hatzala”—which broadcasted on Channel 24.
In 2013, she performed on Channel 24’s “Yam shel Ahava,” and in 2015 she took part in the Hanukkah performances “Hop-Motek shel Festival.” In 2016, she was seen in The Women’s Balcony as Marglit. Sarouf currently lives in Tel Aviv with her partner Tamir, and is a mother of two children from her previous marriage.
Director, Home Port
Erez Tadmor is a writer and director born in 1974 in Tel Aviv. He graduated from Camera Obscura Film School Tel Aviv. His first short,Moosh , won over 40 international film festival awards including World Fest in Houston, Palm Springs, and many more. He recently made Strangers, a 7-minute drama for 20th century Fox Searchlight, with Guy Nattiv. Strangers won the online short competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2004, and also went to the Berlin Film Festival competition. Another short, Offside, also made with Nattiv, won the award for best short film in the Manhattan International Short Film Festival in 2006.
Tadmor’s first feature film, Strangers, based on the short, was accepted to the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition in 2007. A Matter of Size was his second feature-length movie, directed with Sharon Maymon, about four overweight men who learn to love their bodies through the world of sumo wrestling. It won the Audience Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2009, Grand Prix & Special Jury Award at Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival, and Best Comedy at Traverse City Film Festival. In 2014, he madeMagic Men , also with Nattiv, which won the award for best actor at the Ophir Awards. In 2015 he madeWounded Land , which won awards for best director and best actor at the Ophir Awards.
Actress, Our Father
Rotem Zisman-Cohen is a graduate of the Performing Arts Studio founded by Yoram Lowenstein, She is a seven-time Ofir Award nominee for Best Actress. She starred in films such as Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi, A Gift from Above, The Loners, Gei Oni, Dusk, The Fifth Heaven, God’s Neighbors, The World Is Funny, Hunting Elephants, A Place in Heaven, Hill Start, and The Kind Words. Rotem also appeared on TV shows such as Strike, Miluim, Adama, and Scarred.
Rotem wrote and directed the short film Matat, which was screened at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, 2013 St. Louis Festival, 2013 Mumbai Women's International Film Festival, and has been nominated for 2014 Best Foreign Film at NewFilmmakers LA Festival. The second film she directed, Roots, a family documentary, was screened at the Haifa International Film Festival, in Women’s Film Festivals, and more.
Rotem is married to Israeli actor Morris Cohen, and is the mother of Hadassa.