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.
Most recently, 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,
has won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Feature Film and will be contending for an Oscar nomination for Best International Film.