-Who is Kami Shefer?
I am a 26-year-old designer and filmmaker from Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel. In 2022, I finished my Bachelor’s degree in visual communication design at the Holon Institute of Technology. Over the last few years, I have been working in the field of animation, advertising and creative, while also trying to develop myself in the field of film and storytelling. Throughout my life, I have managed to travel to many different places around the world, and I feel that every new place I visit helps me enrich my aspirations and personal style. I believe that the best sources for our stories come from the small things that surround us in our everyday lives, as they have the strongest impact on our surroundings. Besides the film and design industries, I also love music, food, and the ocean, and I try to use them in my creations.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
The field of cinema, and the animation field in particular, has always interested me. I am stunned every time by how, even in a few minutes of a movie, you can create a whole new world, reinvent the reality we are living in, and change the way we think. My father is an artist, and I grew up in a house surrounded by art and design. My love for animation comes from him; ever since I was a little girl, he used to sit me down to watch animation movies from festivals all over the world, and this is where I fell in love with the art of motion. Our ability to tell stories to the world and convey ideas and important messages through them is one of the biggest gifts we have. I grew up in a household that encouraged me to pursue my dreams and enrich my creativity and thinking in any way I can, and I hope to continue developing myself in these areas and use them to make the world a better place.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
The field of film is one of the best platforms to convey an idea and a story in the most touching and precise way. I believe that through films, we have an amazing ability to make people feel different emotions and learn about themselves and the world around them. This way, we can encourage a dialogue that can definitely change the way we look at things and open a platform that gives us the opportunity to relate to more difficult and sensitive things in our lives.
–What would you change in the world?
If I could put all the people in the world in one place for a day and make them engage in civil dialogue with each other, I would. Especially with everything that’s going on in the political field of Israel right now, it feels like our ability to create a conversation and listen to one another is decreasing every day. It feels like the dialogue has turned into a game of who has more power and who can speak the loudest. I hope we will eventually gain the ability to live in this world peacefully and equally.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
Honestly, I have no idea. The whole art world is changing so much right now because every day we have new possibilities for creation that arise. On the one hand, I feel like there is a trend of returning to the more classic world, but on the other hand, all the interactive and technology worlds are starting to seep into the film world. I imagine that the next phase would be to bring in the wonders of technology that are advancing as we speak into the film world to help increase the experience and connection to the creation in front of us.