filmmaker & illustrator

Daphna Awadish is an Israeli filmmaker and illustrator living in The Netherlands. She specializes in creating animated documentaries and won many awards in international film festivals for her two films Journey Birds and Bear with Me. Daphna is part of the Next Talent Program, 2020-2021.

Having lived in different countries herself, Daphna explores the meaning of ‘home’ in her work and is currently developing a new animated documentary Swimming With Wings funded by the Dutch film fund. She uses mixedmedia to portray personal narratives in a unique andintimate manner. Daphna graduated from Bezalel Academyof Art and Design (BA) and from AKV St. Joost Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MA). She is also a curator of different programs for film festivals and leads creative workshops, while working as an independent illustrator and animator.

The partners in Next: “Daphna has a very authentic artistic signature of her own and uses mixed media to tell her story. Her animated documentaries and the use of archival material in her work stand out internationally.  Daphna had been a filmmaker in Israel for some time when she decided to deepen her knowledge and continue studying in Brabant. After the Master Animation she decided to stay in the Netherlands and continue her freelance practice here. We believe that this passionate maker with an international network should be retained for the Dutch creative industry. Daphna is an absolute gem and shows that the further development of international talent starts in Brabant.”