Yuri Alves is a writer-director of various short films, including a feature film at the age of twenty. He has directed commercials and other projects for several production companies in New York and overseas. He is credited with being the first filmmaker to produce and exhibit a film about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, screening “The Day the World Changed” on September 18, 2001 to an audience of 2500. Alves was born in Brazil to Portuguese parents and grew up in Newark and surrounding areas in New Jersey. He was a semi-finalist in the Steven Spielberg-produced television show, ‘On the Lot’, Alves is the director of two episodes, ‘A Armadilha’ and ‘Mano a Mano’ of the Portuguese RTP primetime television mini-series Tempo Final, which premiere in late April 2011. In addition, he recently completed his most ambitious short film to date, Broken Clouds, which has won Best Film at film festivals around the world. Alves is the co-founder and Creative Director of DreamPlay Productions, a TV / multimedia and video production company based in New Jersey.