Director and screenwriter Talya Lavie won the Israeli Academy Awards for writing and directing “Zero Motivation”, an Israeli blockbuster which received multiple international awards including Best Film in Tribeca Film Festival and the Nora Ephron Prize; the film broke the Israeli box-office record of the past two decades, won six Israeli Academy Awards, was awarded Best Film by the Israeli Film Critics Association, and was selected to be one of the three Best Israeli Films of All Times. Lavie graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem after studying in the animation department in Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Her short film “Sliding Flora” screened at New York City’s MoMA, Paris’s Louvre, and in over 40 film festivals worldwide. Her short film “The Substitute” received several international awards, notably the Audience Award in the Berlinale. Her second feature film “Honeymood” is about to be released.