Tomer Heymann's Biography

Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film “It Kinda Scares Me”. “Paper Dolls” won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and the audience’s award at the Los Angeles Festival. The film and TV series "Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival's prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer's new 8-part series "The Way Home" was recently broadcasted by the Yes Doco Channel in Israel and won the best documentary series award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival. 



2011 – The Queen Has No Crown 82 / 85 min. (Berlinale premiere, Krakow International Film Festivals, Frameline, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, NewFest)

2010 - I Shot My Love 70/56 min. (Berlinale premiere, Best Documentary Award - HotDocs, Audience Award - Taiwan  Documentary Int’l Film Festival, Best Documentary - Side By Side GLBT Film Festival, Best Director & Best Film - Madrid GLBT Film Festival, Special Jury mention - Queer Lisboa GLBT Film Festival, Grand Prix & Best Documentary - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Sheffield DOC/FEST). Co-produced with WDR/ARTE 

2009The Way Home  8 X 30 min. (Best Documentary Series Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and Best Documentary Series at the Israeli Documentary Competition.)

2007- Debut 5 X 22 min. (first prize — Israeli documentary competition)

2007- Out of Focus 52 min. (MONTPELLIER DANSE festival, SF Jewish FF, Haifa Int'l FF)

2007- Black Over White . 50 min. (Mississippi International Film Festival, USA, Barcelona Jewish Film Festival, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival)

2007- Cinderellas 4 X 30 min. (Channel 2, Israel)

2006- Paper Dolls 80 min. ( 3 awards at the Berlinale Film Festival, 2 awards at the Identities Film Festival, the “Best International Feature“ award at the Los Angeles Festival, “Best Documentary“ at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in the Philippines, first prize in Jewish FF in Warsaw) 

2006- Bridge over the Wadi 55 min. (IDFA premiere, sylverdocs, golden award Shanghai Int’l TV festival, Audience award ONE WORLD FF in prague, first prize DOCUDAYS FF in Kiev, Audience award WATCH DOCS human rights FF and many more). Co-produced with ITVS 

2005- Bridge Over the Wadi 4 X 30 min. (first prize — Israeli documentary competition)

2004- Paper Dolls 6 X 30 min. (Best original score - Israeli documentary competition)

2003- Aviv-Fucked-up Generation 74 min. (HotDocs, Bangkok, Minneapolis, Greece)

2001- It Kinda Scares Me 57 min. (Best Documentary Award – Taipei Int'l FF, Best Documentary Award – Haifa Int'l FF, Best Documentary Award – Melbourne Int'l FF, Best Documentary Award – Turin Gay&Lesbian FF, Audience Award – Israeli FF, Israeli Academy Award)

2000- Laugh till I cry 45 min. (DocAviv Int'l Film Festival)


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