Ophir Ben Shimon
Filmmaker, Performer, Multidisciplinary Creator
Graduated from the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University,
and Visual Communication Studies at WIZO Haifa.
His short films, Women's Services (2007) A man asleep (2010) and
Elevation (2013) participated and won prizes at various festivals throughout Israel and
the world and were screened as well on Israeli and international television channels. In 2016, Ophir participated in the residency program - Short in the Desert - a creative incubator for developing scripts.
These days he is releasing his fourth short film Intimacy (2022) and working on his first feature-length film I Am This.
Ben Shimon's artistic projects connect and combine screen art with the performing arts.
Between 2013-2019 he created, directed and filmed the project Balconytv Tel Aviv, a global viral project documenting music performance on the rooftops of Tel Aviv. Among the participants: Neta Berlizi, Esther Rada, Marina Maximilian.
During those years he directed videoclips for the musicians Yehu Yaron, Sun Taylor, Gabriel Balachsan Tonic Clonic and others. In April 2019, he gave a lecture in a conference at Capsule Film Workshops Center about the video clips trilogy “Sadness Rhythm” he created for the Tonic Clonic band. His
videos have resonated widely and won many awards.
In the Stage field Ophir is the creator, founder and soloist of the Tonic Clonic band, a multi-disciplinary ensemble that combines music, performance and visual. After three years of activity and performances at the last InDNegev Music Festival, the band's debut album HaBaita Kvar (Home Already) has been released in February 2019.
In addition, he created and performed together with choreographer Merav Dagan, the stage performance I Can’t Hold It (2015) which premiered in the official competition of the 35th Acre Fringe Theatre Festival 2015 and won the award for Best Video. It continued to perform regularly at the Tmuna Theater (Tel Aviv) between 2015-2017. In addition, the video work is presented separately in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad. In 2019 the video presented at the Fresh Paint Exabition.
In 2013 Ophir served as a dramaturge and appeared in the work I See Them Coming by Merav Dagan.
It won the Gvanim BeMachol (Shades in Dance) Competition 2013.