SHIRA ARAD - FILM EDITOR
In 2016, Shira won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Picture Editing of "Our Father" by Meni Yaesh.
Shira also won the Best Editing Award at Haifa International Film Festival, 2016, for editing the feature film "Antenna" by Arik Rotstein.
In 2019, she was nominated for Best Picture Editing of "Incitement" by Yaron Zilberman in the Israeli Academy Awards 2019.
In 2022, Shira was nominated for Best Editing of "After Midnight: The Darkest Secret in Town", by Keren Shayo and Mika Timor in the Israeli Academy Awards 2022.
Shira is a member of the European Film Academy since 2020.
Selected Editing Projects:
Feature Length Films
"Catasterism in Three Movements" (2022): a film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler.
"Incitement" (2019): a feature film by Yaron Zilberman. The official selection of Toronto International Film Festival. "Incitement" was nominated for 10 Israeli Academy Awards, one of which was Best Picture Editing. It won Best Picture and became Israel's Oscar submission.
"Empathy, Inc." (2018): a feature film by Yedidya Gorsetman (Rigel Films) - Premiered in Cinepocalypse Film Festival, 2018 and screened at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2018 as well as Austin and Philadelphia Film Festivals.
"Our Father" ("Avinu") (2016): a feature film by Meni Yaesh (Transfax Productions), winner of Best Actor Award in the Jerusalem Film Festival 2016.
"Our Father" was nominated for 12 Awards in the Israeli Academy Awards (Ophir Awards), and won the Best Actor and Best Editing Awards.
"Antenna" (2016): a feature film by Arik Rotstein (Transfax Productions). Winner of Best Editing Award at Haifa International Film Festival 2016. The film was also selected to participate in Warsaw Film Festival 2016.
"Room 514" (2012): a feature film by Sharon Bar-Ziv. Selected to participate in several leading film festivals such as Rotterdam, Tribeca, Cannes, Tokyo Filmex, Karlovy Vary and many more. Won a Special Jury Mention in Tribeca Film Festival 2012, director's prize in Granada Film Festival, Best New Narrative Director in Tarkovsky Film Festival among others.
"After Midnight: The Darkest Secret in Town" (2021), a documentary series by Keren Shayo and Mika Timor (EGG Films), yesDocu. Shira was the editor of the series as well as the script advisor and music consultant. She also wrote the theme song for the series with the musician Gal Lev.
In 2022, Shira was nominated for Best Picture Editing of the series in the Israeli Academy Awards.
"Family in Transition" (2018, Additional Editing): A documentary feature film by Ofir Trainin. Winner of the Best Israeli Documentary Award at the Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, 2018. The film qualified for the 2019 Oscar submission and the U.S. theatrical rights sold to Abramorama. It screened at Village East Cinema, NYC and received critical acclaim.
"Firing Line with Margaret Hoover" (2018): Production of The Documentary Group for WNET, PBS.
"NAMRUD:TROUBLEMAKER" (2017): A documentary feature film by Fernando Romero Forsthuber. Premiered in Dok Leipzig 2017. (Soleil Film, Austria) - Script Consultant.
"Family Business"(2015): a documentary series for Yes Docu, the Israeli Documentary Channel. Director: Tzvika Binder, Efrati Productions (Ayelet Efrati).
"The Walking Man" (2009): a short documentary by Noam Pinchas. Winner of the Editing Prize in the "DocoChallenge" International Documentary Challenge.
SHORT FILMS AND MORE
"Wednesdays" (2022): A short film by Rona Segal. The film premiered in Jerusalem Film Festival 2022.
"Up in Arms" (2022): A short film by Shelly Carmel and Marion Cohn.
The film premiered in Jerusalem Film Festival 2022.
"Under the Heavens" (2019): A short film by Gustavo Milan. The film won Best Latino Student Filmmaker Award of the DGA. The film was in the 94th Academy Awards' shortlist.
"Beyond Our Mountains" (2018): A short film by Madeline Johnson. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the Nevada International Film Festival 2018, Best Writer/Director at Austin Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the NYWIFT Online Shorts Film Festival.
"The Apartment" (2015): a short film by Yotam Wax. Selected for the Portland Film Festival 2015 and Seattle International Film Festival 2016. Winner of Best Short Film in Marbella International Film Festival 2016.
"Mind The Gap" (2013): a short film by Tom Darom, winner of Best Film in Impro Action Festival of short films. Participated in numerous international film festivals.
"A Letter From The Past" (2012): a drama by Ofer Zingerman (Cassis Films Production), participant in Haifa International Film Festival 2012.
"Bright Night" (2011): a short film by Liat Glik, took part in the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Video art pieces for various theater groups, dance companies and art festivals such as - Gesher Theatre, Goethe Institut, Tamar Borer, Noa Dar, Avital Dvory, Arkady Zaides and many more.
Music videos for various musicians, such as: the Palestinian rapper Saz, Borgore, the electronic duo Polar Pair.
Shira is also an experienced music consultant, one of her major projects was music research for the critically acclaimed feature film "Borat" (20th Century Fox). Being a former DJ and having a profound knowledge of music, Shira has assisted in the choosing and editing of music for several of films she has edited.
Shira is also a former actress.
Jump Cut – School for Post Production, Graduated with Distinction (2004).
Took part in Berlinale Talent Campus #11 (2013).
Member of the Israeli Film Academy and the European Film Academy.
Was a member for Jury at Cinema South Festival 2021.
Winner of the Editing Award in Doco Challenge
for editing the short film "The Walking Man" by Noam Pinchas, 2009.
Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Award for Best Editing of "Our Father" by Meni Yaesh, 2016.
Winner of the Best Editing of "Antenna" by Arik Rotstein at the Haifa International Film Festival, 2016.