Student from the "Minshar for Art" School Wins Bernstein Documentary Prize

Student From The Minshar For Art School Wins Bernstein Documentary Prize

The Jerusalem Foundation will award NIS 40,000 to Elia Schwartz for her film "Pandora" which will be screened at the next Jerusalem International Film Festival


Elia Schwartz, a fourth-year film student at the Minshar for Art school in Tel Aviv, is this year's recipient of the Bernstein Prize for her documentary film,  "Pandora," which will be screened at the next Jerusalem International Film Festival. The prize has been awarded by the Jerusalem Foundation for the past four years in memory of Lord Alex Bernstein of England, a long time friend of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Cinematheque.


The Bernstein Prize is granted to students who create documentaries as part of their studies. The jury, which received 23 submissions, is comprised of documentary filmmakers Netally Brown, Naftali Glicksberg and Ora Maimon- Pilavsky.


Schwartz's film, "Pandora," is a "docufantasy" in which the director, whose family life was shattered following the death of her mother when she was 10, adopts the viewpoint of the girl that was. Using an animated version of her diary to create a journey between reality and imagination, she explores her family dynamics from the past, after years of silence. The jury was impressed with Schwartz's rich film language and bravery in addressing issues relating to her childhood.


The award is administered in conjunction with the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, which will assist Elia professionally until the completion of the film and its gala premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 2015.


"We are thrilled by the range of social issues that young film directors choose to engage with," said Eyal Sher, Director of the Jerusalem Foundation's Art and Culture Department. "We are delighted to be able to help them realize their vision and look forward to seeing the final product."