Originally from Palo Alto, California, Jonathan Wald first came to Australia on a Fulbright Award to study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The short film he made there, Lillian & I, won a Silver Remi at Worldfest Houston, Best Short, Direction, and Cinematography at the Student Film Festival in Santiago, Chile, and was nominated for a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Jonathan's three previous shorts, made as part of his directing MFA at UCLA Film School, have between them screened at over 70 festivals around the world. In My Secrecy (1999, 16mm, 8 mins) won a Cine Eagle Award and the Best Narrative Short Award at the Reel Affirmations Festival; Just Out Of Reach (1998, 16mm, 3 mins) was a finalist in the Independent Film Channel's National Student Shorts Competition; while Lives of the Pharaohs (2001, 16mm, 15 mins) won the Audience Award for Narrative at the Planetout Queer Shorts Competition and was purchased by the Sundance Channel. In addition, Jonathan produced Carl Pfirman's Student Academy Award-winning short film The Confession.
Jonathan's most recent film, the 30 minute drama What Grown-Ups Know, has played at nearly 50 international film festivals and won several jury awards for best short. It's available on short film DVD compilations in France and Germany, and on the US cable station Here TV. The film is distributed by Big Film Shorts.
In addition to making films, Jonathan works in theatre and writes poetry, stories, and reviews.