Payman Maadi was born in 1970, and is primarily known as an actor, especially for Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009) and A Separation (2011), both…
Winner, Best Screenplay, 2018
Dan Kleinman is a screenwriter known for his genre works in the 1970s and ‘80s including Rage (1972) with George C Scott, and television series Tales from the Darkside. He has taught filmmaking at New York and Columbia universities and has mentored the Sundance Screenwriting Lab.
Sameh Zoabi was born in Palestine. A graduate of Tel Aviv University, he pursued further studies in the United States and participated in a Cannes Film Festival residency as well as the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Filmmaker Magazine named Zoabi one of the “Top 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.” He co-wrote APSA-winning film The Idol (2015) and in 2018 was awarded the Venice Film Festival’s Interfilm Award for Tel Aviv on Fire.
APSA Winner Clip
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