Shelly Skandrani

    Grant Recipient
    • Theater
    • Film

    West Hollywood, CA, United States

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    Shelly Skandrani was born in Israel and moved to London at age seven with her family, at ten Shelly’s parent divorced and that’s when she discovered her huge love for Theater, she performed in eight Theater productions as a child before moving onto Film at sixteen. Shelly’s first role was the supporting role of Leah in The Devil’s Arithmetic, a showtime film starring Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy.

    At eighteen Shelly moved back to Israel to live with and get to know her mother and had to put her career in London on hold. Starting her career again from scratch, Shelly studied at Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts for three intensive years, where she homed her acting, singing and dancing skills and finished her studies as Valedictorian of her year. After Theater school Shelly re-visited her passion for film and TV and after a few roles in TV and Films in Israel she decided to move to a place that offered more opportunities than were available in Israel. Unable to return to her second home London, where her father still resides, due to changes in Visa laws, Shelly fought for an O1 Artist Visa to the USA and is now living in Los Angeles following her dreams of Film and TV. Starting a career again for the third time is a challenging task, especially when her family, friends and credits are all from other countries, but Shelly is up for any challenge.

    “The AICF has been a huge support over the years, not only did Shelly win two consecutive awards from the foundation, which helped both financially and improved her confidence and moral, but upon arrival in the USA, the foundation wrote an incredible recommendation letter which was used in the filing of her O1 Artist Visa. The ongoing support of AICF in the Israeli Art is something that should be valued as what it is, incredible!”

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