Born in 1973, Shani is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Film Department. His debut feature length film Ajami (2009, co-created with Scandar Copti) was an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film; it has received a special distinction in Cannes, and dozens of Israeli and international awards. Since 2012, Shani is working on his highly ambitious project – Love Trilogy – a world of intertwined human stories.