Producer and Director
Yonatan Nir is a multi-award-winning documentary film producer and director.
His debut film, “Dolphin Boy”, premiered at HotDocs and received, among other awards, the Jury Mention Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Woodstock Film Festival, as well as First Prize at the World Festival for Underwater Images. It was nominated for the Israeli Academy Awards; the International Green Film Awards (Cinema For Peace); the Mind Media Awards and was acquired by Disney Pictures.
His film “My Hero Brother” was the first and only documentary to win both Best Documentary Award and Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
In 2017 Nir won the International Director of the Year Award at the DocEdge Film Festival.
During the past decade, his projects have been screened by significant broadcasters such as ARTE, France Televisions, NDR/ARD, NHK, DR, AVROTROS, Channel 4 and many more.
His Latest film “Picture of His Life”, featuring a wildlife photographer on his quest to swim with Polar Bears was exec produced by Nancy Spielberg and Andy Byatt. It was the opening night film of DocAviv Film Festival and the Winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco International JF Festival.