Born and raised in Jerusalem, Vania’s body of work has quickly made him a household name in the interactive and digital world. Aside from his many technical skills, in which he often shoots, edits and designs the VFX of all his own projects, Vania’s work is often noted for his ability to capture humanity with a sense of humor, depth and stunningly detailed imagery marrying traditional storytelling with cutting-edge technologies as an invitation for viewers to experience film in an imaginatively new way.
In 2013, Vania directed a music video for Bob Dylan’s era-defining anthem, “Like a Rolling Stone.” Almost fifty years after its initial recording, Vania employed the latest in interactive technologies, placing the video’s creative control in the hands of the viewers, allowing them to surf through sixteen ‘television channels,’ each one featuring different characters lip-syncing the lyrics. From a famous comedian, rapper and game show host to a tennis player in the middle of a match, a financial analyst and a children’s cartoon character, each person seamlessly sings you the legendary tune without skipping a beat as the viewer flips channels at their own will. Among its many praises, the video was named Time Magazine’s Video of the Year for 2013 and earned four Gold Lions, including one for direction, at the 2014 Cannes Festival where he also received the rare honor of being featured twice in Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase. Vania’s interactive interpretation of Dylan’s classic also took home Silver Clio Music medals for film and innovative media as well as a regular Clio for innovative media in 2014 and most recently the SHOTS award for New Director of the Year. He recently received a Best Direction nomination at the 2016 VMAs for Coldplay “Up&Up”.
Having been recognized for his progressive approach to filmmaking and magical style of storytelling, Vania has since directed commercials for Pepsi, American Express and other high-end clients.