Yonatan fell in love with filmmaking at a very early age – by 14, he already completed his doc feature debut which showcased in international film festivals and was sold for broadcast on Israeli National Television.
After serving for three years as Video Editor and Director in the Israeli Air-Force Film Unit, Yonatan enrolled at NYU Tisch where he has focused on directing and writing for fiction film & television, and minored in Entertainment Business.
Throughout his studies, Yonatan trained and worked with the BBC in London, worked in development for Protozoa Pictures (Aronofsky) and crewed on multiple feature film and television sets internationally.
He was also one of two directors chosen annually at Tisch to direct a full half-hour TV pilot, Easel R., involved from the very first script draft to the final cut. His second thesis project, LEECHER and most recent short Goodnight Eulogy (shot on 35mm), have completed the festival circuit
and are now available for viewing online.
Since graduating with honors, Yonatan has worked as an Assistant to
Wes Anderson, before going on to serve as Director of Development for Yaron Zilberman's (A Late Quartet) Opening Night Productions.
In 2016, Yonatan has also made his theatrical directorial debut in
New York with 'MARY V', a new female-driven full length play (inspired
by Shakespeare's 'Henry V'), which featured a cast of 25 actors and received nods from Broadway World, Playbill & The New York Times.
Yonatan was majorly involved in the making of Zilberman's latest feature film Incitement as Editor and Associate Producer, earning himself an Israeli Academy Award nomination for Best Editing. The film, which had
its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto Int'l Film Festival, won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Feature Film and was Israel's submission for Best International Film at the 2020 Oscars. Incitement is distributed in the US by Greenwich Entertainment (Free Solo).
Most recently, Yonatan worked as Editor on Valley of Tears, a limited series drama about the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Created by Ron Leshem (HBO's Euphoria) and directed by Yaron Zilberman, Valley of Tears is the largest scale production of its kind made in Israel to date.
Its opening double-episode, edited by Yonatan, was accepted as one of ten contenders in Series Mania's prestigious International Competition.