Omer Ben-Shachar Discusses the Importance of Breaking Barriers in “Tree #3”

We can all relate to wanting to connect, to belong to something bigger than ourselves.
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, writer/director Omer Ben-Shachar won a 2019 Student Academy Award® for his film “Tree #3″, a story about an ambitious and imaginative immigrant boy breaking through barriers after he’s been cast (again!) as a background tree in his annual middle school play.
The film was also nominated for a Student Emmy, won Urbanworld’s Best Young Creator Award, the Palm Springs ShortFest’s Audience Award, and HollyShorts’s Best Student Film Award, among other accolades.
Named to Forbes Israel’s 30 Under 30 list in 2020, Omer is a graduate of the American Film Institute, where he received the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award and is currently a 2020 Warner Bros. TV Directors’ Workshop participant, a 2019-20 ViacomCBS’s ViewFinder Emerging Directors Program Fellow for the Nickelodeon network and a BAFTA LA Newcomers Program participant.
Growing up between Tel Aviv and Texas, ballet training, army training, art school, and sea scouts, Omer found that cinema was the ideal home for living in all worlds. He enjoys telling honest, character-driven stories that reveal the comedy in our insecurities and fears as outsiders, and that ultimately celebrate the joy of individuality.
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