Talent Guide

Omer Ben-Shachar

  • Discipline:Writer/Director
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2023, Project Involve 2023, Screenwriting Lab 2024


Omer Ben-Shachar is a queer Los Angeles-based writer/director. His short Tree #3 (2019) won a Student Academy Award, was nominated for a Student Emmy, and received top prizes at UrbanWorld, HollyShorts and Palm Springs, among others. His experimental short Down Here (2023) was a Webby Award Winner, a Vimeo Staff Pick and was nominated for a Cannes Lions Young Director Award. Omer, a directing alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, was a recent participant of Film Independent’s Project Involve Program, Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop and Paramount’s Viewfinder Directors Program.

Current Project

Role Play


A struggling actor agrees to help a powerful casting director boost her newly-out son’s confidence by posing as the most supportive guy on Grindr. But as he starts developing feelings for her son, they all realize that even the most well-conceived plot can’t protect you from the realities of love.