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Aviva is a Swedish/American filmmaker living in New York. She is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s MFA program in screenwriting/directing. She also holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied Creative Writing, Film and Art History. She was also an assistant to writer/director Yaron Silberman, “A Late Quartet” (2012).

Aviva Neuman is best known for writing and directing the short My Cousin Klara, which was selected for a number of international festivals such as Bath International Film Festival, Williamsburg International Film Festival, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, Vail International Film Festival and Manchester International Film Festival where she received jury mentions.

Her second narrative short film Aaron was selected to New York Short film Festival, Vail International Film Festival as well as Marfa Film Festival.

Aviva is the writer of the short film 20 Minutes, which was selected for Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival and Boston International Film Festival. In 2016 Aviva was awarded a fellowship by the American- Scandinavian Foundation. Aviva was accepted into the Alfred P. Sloan Mentorship Program at Columbia University (2017). She was also selected with her feature script JONI to the New York Women in Film and TV (NYWIFT) mentorship program.


It’s the last week of summer vacation, Alice, a Swedish teenage girl, bored and influenced by her family sets a Syrian refugee home on fire, only to find herself helping Nizar, one of the displaced people towards his road to freedom.