Yuval Shrem was recently the guest in the prestigious podcast StoryBeat, where he was interviewed about his creative process. Check out this long-form deep-dive interview on StoryBeat!
Recently at 2nd Stage (The BLANK Theater)
Yuval directed two different plays simultaneously, both played at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival this June and have been receiving rave reviews!
About Yuval Shrem
A member of the Israeli Academy of Motion Pictures & Television.
A Professional member of The Recording Academy (Grammys).
Awards & nominations:
Winner of 2017 Best Director at LA Shorts Awards for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2017 Best Produced Screenplay at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.
Winner of 2017 Best Indie Short at New York Film Awards for his film THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Best Film at LA Shorts Awards for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2019 Best Fantasy Short at Golden State Film Festival for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2018 Best Short – Sci-Fi at Silicon Beach Film Festival for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2018 Best Sci-Fi Short at Silver State Film Festival for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2017 Best Twist at Top Indie Film Awards
Winner of 2017 Best Short Film (Sci-Fi / Fantasy) at the Southern Shorts Awards Film Festival
Winner of 2018 Platinum Award for Narrative Short at Oragon International Film Awards
Winner of 2017 Spotlight Gold Award at Spotlight Short Film Awards for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2018 Gold award for Best Narrative Short from International Independent Film Awards
Winner of 2018 Gold award for Best Director from International Independent Film Awards
Winner of 2018 Gold award for Cinematography from International Independent Film Awards
Winner of 2018 Gold award for Best Editing from International Independent Film Awards
Winner of 2017 Award of Excellence in Directing from Southern Shorts Awards for his film THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Award of Excellence in Editing from Southern Shorts Awards for his film THE BABIES
Winner of 2018 Honorable Mention: Best Short Film at Global Shorts competition
Winner of 2017 Honorable Mention: Best Indie Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards.
Winner of 2017 Honorable Mention: Best Indie Film at Festigious International Film Festival.
Winner of 2017 Honorable Mention: Cinematography from Top Shorts Film Festival for THE BABIES.
Winner of 2017 Award of Merit from IndieFEST Film Awards for his film THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Award of Merit from Southern Shorts Awards for his Cinematography of THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Award of Merit from Southern Shorts Awards for the Screenplay of THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Award of Merit from Southern Shorts Awards for the Sound-design of THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Award of Merit from Southern Shorts Awards for Producing THE BABIES
Winner of 2016 Award of Recognition from Best Shorts Competition for his film THE BABIES.
Winner of 2018 Award of Recognition from Accolade Global Competition for his film THE BABIES
Winner of 2017 Best Sci-Fi Short at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival for his film THE BABIES
With vast experience in film, television, and theater, Yuval Shrem is a well-rounded director, who can work in a wide scope of genres, and budget levels.
Since 1995, Yuval Shrem has been creatively involved in hundreds of television programs in Israel, before moving to Los Angeles in 2002. During that time, Yuval wrote screenplays for Israeli network TV, directed both for television and for video games, and composed music scores and original songs for many successful network television shows in Israel.
Yuval studied at the drama department of The School of Arts in Tel Aviv, as well as the FIlm & Television departments at the Tel Aviv University, and at the University of Southern California (USC). Yuval also attended numerous writing, directing and producing seminars and workshops, including workshops and seminars presented by Jim Sheridan, Evan Psser, Jang Yeemoo, Tzipi Trope, Phillip Gouliet, Michal Bat-Adam, Edna Mazia, David Freeman, and Steve Kaplan.
In 2009 Yuval became a member of The Actor’s Studio West as a director in the Playwright/Director’s Unit, where he also directed the dark comedy SIZZLE SIZZLE by Stephen Fife, which he later adapted to a feature film project currently in development.
After directing the critically-acclaimed 2013 world premiere of the play “BLUE KISS” by Stephen Fife, Yuval had developed with him a film adaptation of the play, which is now in the packaging stage.
Yuval Shrem has much experience in both single-cam and multi-cam shoots, he is a strong actor’s-director, has deep understanding of VFX, and also has extensive knowledge and experience of cinematography, after D.P.’ing several of his own projects, including THE BABIES, AS NIGHT FALLS and A PLEA FOR TENDERNESS, as well as his new short film INVISIBLE LINES (filming now).
Yuval co-founded FABLE ENTERTAINMENT with his longtime collaborator, Israeli TV mega-producer and V.P. Of content and production at the Israeli Channel 10 television network – Zivit Davidovitch, recently wrote and directed the award-winning short film THE BABIES, and is currently in post-production on his new film project INVISIBLE LINES and on his first feature film as a director – A PLEA FOR TENDERNESS.
Yuval Shrem's December 2013 Extended Director's Reel
This is a long-form extended director’s reel (12 minutes) from back in December 2013. It focuses mostly on single-cam narrative works. It includes clips from both completed projects, projects in post production and even some test shoots of projects in development. To watch more recent works, you are invited to scroll down and watch movie clips from the featured projects below.
THE BABIES is a gripping and mind-bending short film, which pretends to be a science fiction movie, and pretends to be about population size control in a futuristic world, but holds in it many surprises that are sure to both entertain audiences and provoke thought.
THE BABIES is about the abuse of power by those in strategic positions of authority – the clerk, the nurse, the cop. It is also a frightfully truthful glimpse at how the mentally ill experience the world. It takes you on a roller-coaster and disturbs your sense of fairness, challenging both your morality and your very perception of reality itself.
From Southern Shorts Awards:
- Best Sci-Fi Short
- Award of Excellence in Directing
- Award of Excellence in Editing
- Award of Excellence in Visual FX
- Award of Merit for Screenwriting
- Award of Merit for Cinematography
- Award of merit – Production Design
- Award of merit – Lead Actress
- Award of merit – Lead Actor
- Award of merit – Supporting Actor
- Award of Merit – Original Music
- Award of Merit – Sound Design
- Award of merit – Costumes
- Award of merit – Producing
More from Top Indie Film Awards:
- Best Director nomination
- Best Writing nomination
- Best Actress nomination
- Best Music nomination
- Best FX nomination
- Best Cinematography nomination
- Best Editing nomination
INVISIBLE LINES is a short political drama about a Governor on his reelection campaign, who just days before the elections, has allegations of sexual misconduct come up against him, turning his life upside down. The film focuses on the family and on the fragility of everything we take for granted.
This project is in production.
A PLEA FOR TENDERNESS is a feature film project, currently in post production. It is a stream-of-consciousness drama about an American soldier, coming back from war, who is suffering from PTSD. As he comes back home, he realizes that everything he knew, has now changed, including himself. His father had developed an Alzheimer’s, and can no longer recognize him as his son. His ex-girlfriend is pregnant and engaged to another man. He is still estranged from his sister who was upset about him signing up for military service, and he is terrified of connecting with people in general. With the encouragement of Paco – a friend from battle, who also suffers from an acute case of PTSD, Michael prepares himself to assassinate his commanding officer, who gave him orders which he now knows were illegal and immoral, orders that led him to his post traumatic condition, and that had cost the lives of many innocent people. The film goes into Michael’s mind, and his struggles, dreams, fears, imagined events and real ones, and memories from battle, flashing back as a perpetual video game, as his therapy sessions with the V.A. Psychologist help verbalize and lead the audience along this metaphorical journey home.
The project is currently in post-production.
AS NIGHT FALLS is a murder mystery long-short film project currently in post-production. It tells the story of 5 characters who each in their own way, violates their own intuitive judgment call, and ultimately pays the karmic price for it.
The project is currently in post-production.