Avner Faingulernt

Avner Faingulernt – Director, Cinematographer, Scriptwriter
A film maker and scholar, lives at the south of Israel at the Gaza border. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the Seminar HaKibbutzim in Tel Aviv; founder and Dean Emeritus of the School of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College; initiator and founder of Cinema South international Film Festival at Sderot Cinematheque; guest lecturer at Columbia University in New York, FAMU film school in Prague, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, and the graduate program in Culture and Film Studies at the University of Haifa; studied Film and Psychology at Tel Aviv University; his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of East London presented a Lacanian reading of European cinematic odysseys.
Among his films: In the Desert – A Documentary Diptych, comprising Avidan’s Dream and Omar’s Dream (2018), an Israeli - Canadian coproduction in cooperation with Kan 11 the public Israel TV, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, and Mifal Hapais; won the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Director at the DocAviv 2018; was screened at the Filmfest Hamburg, the Viennale, and the Doc Buenos Aires and many other more. War Matador (2011) produced in cooperation with Israeli TV Channel 1, with Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and Gesher Multicultural Film Fund; the official choice for the international competition at the DOC Leipzig, was screened at the Cinema South Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival, and at dozens of film festivals around the world, and broadcasted by various TV networks worldwide. Matador of War – Cinematic Installation (2010), a multi-screen projection onto several spaces presenting the travelogue of a journey along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip during 2008-9 war - Cast Lead; displayed at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art and the Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery at Tel Aviv University. Men on the Edge – Fishermen’s Diary (2005) produced in cooperation with Israeli Channel 2, the New Fund for Cinema and Television; opening film at the fifth Cinema South Film Festival; broadcasted by TV and screened at film festivals all over the world, among others participating in the official competitions at the Visions du Réel in Nyon (Switzerland), the Cinemed in Montpellier (France), and the Lincoln Center in New York. Eva (2002) produced in cooperation with Israeli TV Channel 1, with the financial support of the New Fund for Cinema and Television and Makor Foundation; was awarded the Silver Olive at Montenegro Film Festival, was broadcast by Channel 1 and screened at the DocAviv, the Cinema South Film Festival, as well as at cinematheques and cinemas all over Europe.