Roman Shumunov is an award-winning Israeli film director, screenwriter, and editor. With a repertoire spanning various genres, Roman has been actively involved in TV and cinema projects as both a director and writer.

His name gained prominence in 2016 when his documentary «Babylon Dreamers» was selected to inaugurate the International Documentary Film Festival — DOCAVIV, where it also won the first prize. In the same festival, Roman was lauded as the most promising young director.

In 2018, he directed a full-length social drama about young immigrants titled «Here and Now», which garnered the Ophir Award (Israeli Oscar) for Best Music, as well as awards for Best Screenplay and Best Film. In 2020, Roman revisited his passion for documentaries with the critically acclaimed «Back to Chernobyl». This film gained international traction and was distributed to dozens of countries and film festivals worldwide.

His epic and award-winning drama film «Berenshtein — The Last Partisan» was released in 2021, after 4.5 years of production. Based on the true story of Ukrainian Jewish partisan commander Leonid Berenshtein, the film spotlights Berenshtein’s role in locating Hitler’s secret facility, thereby altering the course of WWII. This film has become one of the most successful in its genre in Israeli cinema, dubbed into six languages and screened in cinemas across countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, England, Australia, and South Korea. It has also won first prizes at numerous global festivals.

In 2022, Roman released «Memory Forest», a four-episode series filmed in Poland that follows a group of teenagers on a journey to Poland’s concentration camps, offering them a visceral lesson on the blood-soaked history of WWII. The series made its mark by winning the first prize for Best Series at the BANFF Media Festival, Rockie Awards 2023.

That same year, he worked on «Generation 1.5», a three-episode TV series that quickly became one of the most talked-about series of the year.
Additionally, he directed and co-produced «Munich 72», a new three-episode TV series about the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, in partnership with Global Screen, a German entertainment company, and Israeli broadcaster Ch8.

awards & nominations


  • TV Series
  • 2022
  • Director and Editor
  • — WINNER 2023 BANFF World Media Festival.


  • DocuDrama
  • 2021
  • Director and Script Writer
  • — Best Feature Film Stony Brook Film Festival USA 2022.

    — Audience Award PJFF 2023 USA.

    — Best Feature Film PJFF 2023 USA.

    — Best Director Festival du cinema de Montreal 2022 Canada.

    — Best Feature Film Festival du cinema de Montreal 2022 Canada.

    — 30+ Festivals around the world.

here and now

  • Fiction feature movie
  • 2018
  • Director and Script Writer
  • — Here and Now «Best Screenplay» – Zabaikalsky International Film Festival
  • — First prize on International Jerusalem Film Festival Pitch Point
  • — Best Music Award at Ophir Awards, Israeli Oscar 2018
  • — The Film Nominated for the 2018 Israeli Academy Awards in 3 categories: Best Music, Best sound design and Best Actor.
  • — Official Competition at 35 Jerusalem International Film Festival 2018
  • — Woodstock Film Festival 2018, USA
  • — Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019


  • Documentary movie feature
  • 2016
  • Director and Cinematographer and Editor
  • — Best Feature Documentary Film at Budapest International Film Festival 2018
  • — Best Feature Film at Kiev International Film Festival 2017
  • — Audience Award at Moscow International Film Festival 2017
  • — Opening Film at DocAviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel
  • — Best First Film Award and Promising Director Award, Israel 2016
  • — Best First Film Award: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival — Israel
  • — Best First Film Award at Israeli Documentary Awards 2016
  • — Opening Film: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival — Israel 2016
  • — More than 30 Film Festivals around the world


  • 35 minute fiction
  • 2011
  • Director and Script Writer
  • — Best Short Film, Mexico International Film Festival, 2012, Mexico/USA
  • — Best Actor — Haifa International Film Festival 2011, Israel
  • — Best Original Music — South Cinema Festival 2011, Israel
  • — Best Student Film — For the Development of Social Problems, Israel 2012
  • — More than 20 Film Festivals around the world


  • 2015
  • Director, Cinematographer and Editor
  • — Won Best Short Film Award in Viral competition, Israel 2012
  • — Winner of Cinema South Film Festival, short competition, Israel 2012
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