Yoav Shamir


Public bio

I am a director and cinematographer in film and television. I hold a BA in History and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University, MFA in Film and Television from Tel-Aviv University, which I graduated with honours.

My films have screened at international film festivals, and were broadcasted on the following channels internationally: Arte/ZDF, BR, VPRO, BBC, Channel 4, Sundance Channel, ITVS, SBS Australia, CBC Canada, SVT, DR1, YLE, RTS, France 5, Canal+, Israeli Channels 1, Israeli Channel 2, Israeli Channel 8, Israeli Channel 10 and yes DOCU.

Filmography:  Marta & Luis (2001, IDFA, Edinburgh International Film Festival, DocAviv), Checkpoint (2003, awarded the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA; the grand jury prize for Best International Documentary Feature at Hot Docs,The golden gate award at the San Francisco International film festival, among 20 other international awards, and was screened at over 140 film Festivals, and was sold to more than 30 territories), 5 Days (2005, Sundance, IDFA, Hot Docs, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Gothenburg, CPH:Dox, Seoul), Flipping Out (2007, Berlinale, Thessaloniki, Buenos Aires, Krakow, San Francisco), Defamation (2009, Tribeca, Hot Docs, London Film Festival, IDFA, Grierson Award at the Times BFI London Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Asian Pacific Screen award, a Special Jury Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Audience Award at Documental Madrid, the Research Prize at DocAviv, The Peoples’ Award for Best Documentary at Festival dei Popoli in Florence and the Stanley Kubrick Award at the Traverse City Film Festival, by Michael Moore.), Full Gaz (2011, 25 Min Doc about Israel’s Most promising Go-Kart race driver that has severe ADHD, Made for Israeli Channel 2), The Rebbe (2012, 60 Min TV DOC about the Lubavicher Rebbe, made for Israeli Channel 10)  and 10% - What Makes A Hero? - Executive produced by Michael Moore (2013, Vision du reel, Nyon, Jerusalem film festival, Warsaw International film festival, CPHDOX , SFJFF, TCFF, Encounters).


I was the Israeli correspondence for the Dutch VPRO channel for 8 years (2008-2016), directing and producing dozens of reports. I’ve directed and produced reports for many outlets including other TV channels in Israel and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.

My  English is excellent, I speak fluent Spanish and decent French (and obviously Hebrew).