Alon Daniel’s “Time” short film to screen in New York at IFFNY 2018

“Time” is a short film, directed and written by Alon Daniel, produced by Noah Ackerman & Alon Daniel. The talented cast includes: Alon Lior, Shmoel Eidelman, Naveh Tzur. The film is an official selection at the 7th International Filmmaker Festival of New York, and it will have its New York premiere this Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 6:00PM at Producers Club Theaters (358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036). 

Alon Daniel pic by Guy Doenyas

Alon Daniel (Photo by Guy Doenyas)

Alon Daniel 26 years old from Israel is a young creator, mostly known in Israel as the director of most of the HIP HOP music videos, also Alon is a cinematographer, editor & creator. He started filming & editing at age 13, and since then he never stop doing it. He tried to get accepted to film studies in high school but was rejected for behavior problems in middle school. At the age of 22, after serving three years in the Israel Defense Forces, Alon began his film studies at Minshar College in Tel Aviv. At the age of 23, Alon opened his production company AD PRODUCTIONS.

His short film “Time” won great acclaim in Israel and internationally, it won first place in the best student film competition in Miami Independent Film Festival. These days, Alon is working on the pre-production of his next short film “Bobale Hotel”, a hip-hop musical, filming in northern Israel.

NY Elite Interview with Director Alon Daniel

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an official selection at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. What are your thoughts about being accepted at IFFNY 2018 film festival and having your film screen in New York City?

Wow! I was so happy to hear that I was accepted to A New York film Festival!
New York is one of my favorite places in the world. I have a lot of friends there that I really miss and have not seen for 8 years .. 😦

NY Elite: Out of the 500 submissions world-wide, your film was selected as the top 40 for IFFNY. What does this mean for you in terms of representing your country/city at this international film festival?

This film touches me especially because it is a personal film, but as I connect to it I am sure that a lot of people will feel a connection to it and I am excited that it will be screened outside the borders of Israel.

NY Elite: With what project are you partaking at IFFNY 2018? What is it about?

I present my short film “Time”. A film about a day in the life of Amit, a young 22-year-old who studies cinema and works as a photographer for companies that hire him to photograph people’s interviews. In the film we see Amit experiencing difficulties during a simple day that just keeps getting entangled.

NY Elite: Who else is involved in the making of this project? Tell us a little bit more about the story and who is in it. 

The people involved in this project are my friends, some of them studying cinema and the rest are working in the field. My girlfriend, Daniel Shefer made all the Art design and the Styling.

My friend, Michael Swissa, that I make his music videos and participated as a telephone friend in the film. The other details about the film I’ll leave you to see in the film.

NY Elite: What message do you want to convey with this project?

Sometimes you need to say no.

NY Elite: The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony and the Awards Gala will take place at the renowned Kaufman Astoria Studios of New York. Do you plan to attend the IFFNY Festival taking place on May 25-29, 2018? What do you want the audience at IFFNY to take away from this film?

My dream was to be there with you at the festival in New York, but unfortunately I can not come because of the constraints of producing my new film, but do not worry, I sent you the film’s ambassador, Yahav Trudler.

NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

A good movie for me is a film with all the elements in it, whether it’s sound, photography, art, styling and of course the script.

Alon Daniel while shooting Mashina's Music video Pic by Guy Doenyas

Alon Daniel while shooting Mashina’s Music video (Pic by Guy Doenyas)

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite films/projects you have been involved in?

–           “Lyla’s Night Out”

–           “Eden Derso & DJ Mesh – BUSSES”

–           Ellblaze “Drumz”

NY Elite: What are your career highlights and achievements thus far?

I made a film that I’m very proud of and happy to be traveling around the world. I took a video clip of a legendary rock band from Israel that was active in the 1970s and 1980s.
What I am most proud of is that I am surrounded by talented and good people who are fun to create with them. 

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Right now I concentrate on photography and directing. I also enjoy photography very much.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?

I do not think you’re asking the right person. I’m still getting started. The most important thing is that you do what you love and believe in.

NY Elite: What’s next for you?

I’m filming my new film in two weeks and already working on the next film that will probably be filmed outside of Israel


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