Ari Folman, an Israeli director, is one of the world’s leading film authors.Ari Folman’s graduate film, COMFORTABLY NUMB (1991) documented his close friends taking cover on the verge of anxiety attacks during the first Gulf war while Iraqi missiles landed all over Tel Aviv. Film won the Israeli Academy award for Best Documentary. Between 1991-1996 Ari Folman directed documentary specials for TV. In 1996 he wrote and directed SAINT CLARA, a feature film based on a novel by the Czech author Pavel Kohout. The film won seven Israeli Academy awards, including Best Director and Best Film. SAINT CLARA opened Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama and won the People’s Choice Award. The film was screened throughout America and Europe to critical acclaim. Folman continued directing successful documentary series and took time off for his second feature in 2001 - MADE IN ISRAEL. A successful attempt at documentary animation prompted Ari Folman to develop the unique format of WALTZ WITH BASHIR, which won numerous awards including Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, six Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, and award of Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Animated Feature. Film was nominated for Academy Award in category of Best Foreign Language Film.