Born in 1977 in Israel, Avishai Sivan is a filmmaker, visual artist, and published author. His film Tikkun won the Silver Leopard Special Jury Award at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival, with a Special Mention for Cinematography and the IFFS Don Quixote Prize. Tikkun also won Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Actor (for Khalifa Natour) at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival. Sivan’s first feature film, The Wanderer, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and won Best First Feature Film and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Jerusalem Film Festival. His second film Visa, won Best Independent Feature Film at the 2013 Cinema South Festival. Sivan’s documentary, Soap Opera of a Frozen Filmmaker, a seven-part video diary, won Best Experimental Film at the 2007 Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2010, Sivan received the Israel Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize. His first book, Musings on Filmmaking Whilst Cycling through the City, was published in 2011. Sivan is currently developing his next feature film, The Pirate, a spy thriller based on the novel The Smell of Blue Light by Nir Hezroni. Sivan also exhibits artwork in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad.