Asaph Polonsky - Director


Asaph started his second year at The American Film Institute Conservatory in the Directing Program in Los Angeles. Asaph's feature film screenplay, “Ending Song" , was recently selected as one of the 12 screenplays to be developed in The Jerusalem International Film Lab 2011-2012. In Israel, where he grew up, Asaph directed, wrote and independently produced two shorts films, both of which have been official selections of the Jerusalem Film Festival: "ZIPPER" (2009, funded by The Rabinovich Foundation), which was also screened in various Cinematheques, art houses and film festivals, and "IN BED AT 10 P.M." (2010, funded by The Makor Foundation - Israel) that later was screened also as an official selection at Toronto's 2011 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest and The Milano International Film Festival. Asaph also directed award-winning music videos, worked on various television projects and taught filmmaking classes for teenagers. Asaph was awarded an Irwin and Sheila Allen Scholarship and an America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.

Asaph was born in Washington, DC to Israeli parents. When he was 8 years old his family moved back to Israel. 20 years later Asaph returned to the US to attend the AFI Conservatory in the directing program. "SAMNANG" for him is about loneliness and the never-ending search for love, and how those two powerful human elements are magnified while being far away from home.

Prior works: Zipper, In bed at 10 p.m.