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Dave Filoni is an American film director, writer, and animator. He is credited with directing nine episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender and also worked as a character designer and storyboard artist on the series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits


Storyboard artist

Character designer


Selected other credits

Television work


Biographical information

Personal life

Filoni grew up in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1992. He was in the marching band at school and was also the starting goaltender for half of his senior year on the hockey team. He attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Filoni plays World of Warcraft, in which he is a level eighty Night Elf Hunter, and ice hockey. He is an unofficial Dúnedain, and a fan of both Godzilla and the Pittsburgh Steelers.


  • 2013: Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Outstanding Special Class Animated Program)


  • Filoni keeps a small model of Appa on his desk in his office.


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