A Letter to David

Director Tom Shoval, Producers Roy Bareket, Maya Fischer, and Alona Refua
A Letter to David


A cinematic letter to director Tom Shoval’s friend David Cunio, who was abducted from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7th, A Letter to David mines raw behind-the-scenes footage from Shoval’s earlier film, Youth, and present-day images to create a poetic, existential essay about a dire, unimaginable situation.

Phase of Support: Production

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Tom Shoval

Tom Shoval - Director

Israeli film-maker and screenwriter Tom Shoval has won rave reviews for his sharp visual style and storytelling abilities. His debut feature, Youth (2013), a social drama and thriller, premiered at the Berlinale and was, among other awards, named Best Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Alejandro González Iñárritu, two time Academy Award® winner, has personally chosen Shoval as his protégé and produced Shoval’s feature film Shake Your Cares Away, starring Berenice Bejo, which won the main award at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2021. He wrote and directed a ten-episode TV series – a music drama, The Echo of Your Voice for the Israeli Kan 11 channel. The series was selected in official competition in the Series Mania Festival and won the prestigious acting award. Shoval also wrote June Zero (2022) for director Jake Paltrow to be released in the US in 2024. Tom is currently in post-production on his third feature-length film, Life without Credit, to be completed in 2024.

Roy Bareket

Roy Bareket - Producer

Roy Bareket graduated with honors from The Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in an initiative production program and is currently a producer at Green Productions, a boutique television and motion picture production company specializing in high-end storytelling. During his studies, he served as a producer at The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab (JSFL) team and produced 10 short films screened at film festivals worldwide.

Maya Fischer

Maya Fischer - Producer

Maya Fischer is an Israeli Producer, Head of TV & Film at Green Productions. She produced award-winning series and films such as: Cinema Sabaya (Israel’s Official Oscar entry in 2023, winner of 5 Israeli Ophir Awards), the drama series One on One for Kan 11 starring Tomer Capon (The Boys), the 2021 hit comedy Saving Shuli (the most successful Israeli movie in the last 20 years), Menashe (Israeli co-producer, Berlinale & Sundance 2017, distributed by A24),Scaffolding (Cannes,TIFF, Best Film JFF 2017). She was also selected to Screen Daily’s Future Leaders European Producers list (2018).

Alona Refua

Alona Refua - Producer

Alona Refua is a producer who graduated with honors from The Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. During her last year of study, she initiated and produced a series of short films, Love Letter to Cinema, directed by 10 leading Israeli directors, including Nadav Lapid, Avi Nesher, Eran Riklis, and more. The films were screened in commercial cinemas before major feature films nationwide and participated in hundreds of festivals, including Berlinale and Locarno. Alona began her career as a line producer in several ambitious projects, including the three feature films The Love Trilogy directed by Academy Award Nominee Yaron Shani. In the past six years, she was the Head of Productions at Black Sheep Film Productions and produced TV series such as Dismissed by Atara Frish and several documentaries, feature films, and shorts. Alona is also an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2019).

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