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

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Filoni grew up in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1974. He graduated from the Mt. Lebanon High School in 1992 and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He was in the marching band at school and was also the starting goaltender for half of his senior year on the hockey team.

Prior to his work with Lucasfilm Animation, Filoni worked as a storyboard artist and/or assistant director for various animated series, including Mike Judge's King of the Hill, Phil Walsh's Teamo Supremo, and Disney's Kim Possible, before moving on to direct many of Nickelodeon's first-season episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender. In mid-2020, Lucasfilm promoted Filoni as executive producer and executive creative director for the studio.


  • 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.
  • Dave Filoni plays World of Warcraft, where he is a Night Elf, and ice hockey. He is also a fan of both Godzilla and the Pittsburgh Steelers.