Yoni studied Cinema and Media Studies at York University in Toronto where he focused on screenwriting and film history. He continued his studies at Sheridan College’s Advanced Television and Film program, where he specialized in producing and editing. In 2017, Yoni was selected to participate in the Jerusalem Film Workshop, an intensive documentary film workshop in Israel for international filmmakers.
It was at the Jerusalem Film Workshop where he produced the short documentary HaMavdil, which portrays the daily life of Jerusalem’s famous market, Mahane Yehuda, and its transformation from day to night, and a feature, Travellers, which explores unique and diverse stories in the heart of Jerusalem. The films premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2017 and screened in festivals across the United States and Europe, and HaMavdil in China. Yoni later served as the Jerusalem Film Workshop’s assistant director.
Yoni’s latest film as producer and director, For A New Generation: An Anti-Hate Documentary, is now in post-production. The film centres on a group of students and Holocaust survivors in Toronto who created an immersive, 360-degree audio-visual exhibit within a replica WWII cattle car to educate about the horrors of hatred, prejudice, antisemitism, and racism.
He recently completed, Lanterns Flicker, a short documentary about a Canadian veteran who served in Afghanistan, who turned to music to help in his battle with PTSD and to raise awareness for veteran suicide and mental health. The film will be released in 2023.