Two Film School Graduates Granted 60,000 Shekels from Jerusalem Foundation at Jerusalem Film Festival

60 אלף שקל לסרטי סטודנטים

 

 

Two Film School Graduates Granted 60,000 Shekels from Jerusalem Foundation at Jerusalem Film Festival

 

A total of sixty thousand shekels will be distributed by the Jerusalem Foundation and the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund (GMFF) on July 16 to two film students on the basis of their documentary submissions. The distinguished Alex Bernstein Student Documentary Film Production Prize, now in its fifth year, is awarded each year at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in memory of Lord Alex Bernstein of England, a long time friend of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive. Recipients receive funding as well as expert guidance from Gesher towards the final completion of their documentaries, which are then screened at a gala opening at a future Jerusalem International Film Festival. The film “Jerusalem Boxing Club” by Helen Yanovsky, recipient of the 2011 prize, will be screened this year on July 17.

 

Maya Sarfaty, a graduate of the MA program in the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University is one of the 2015 grant recipients in for her film "The Most Beautiful Woman," a heart-rending French documentary about a romance between an Auschwitz camp prisoner and camp guard who helps her to rescue sister from her impending death, but is unable to rescue her sister's children. Maya will receive 40,000 shekels towards the completion of her film. The jury, this year comprised of documentary filmmakers Amit Goren, Nurit Kedar and Rafael Balulu, were impressed with Maya's talent and "uncompromising" ability to cover the complex matter at hand, including a love story between an executioner and his victim.

 

Sapir Academy College student Maayan Shwarz will receive a 20,000 shekel grant towards production costs for his film "Yaniv," whose eponymous character is a fascinating and funny 27-year-old dealing living with an extreme physical disability and in the advanced stages of  muscular dystrophy disease. Against all odds, Yaniv fills his day-to-day life with creativity, friendship and in search of love. The Jury were impressed with the "sensitivity" and "accessibility" demonstrated by this young filmmaker.

 

For more information about the Jerusalem International Film Festival and the Alex Bernstein Student Documentary Film Production Prize, visit the Festival website.

http://www.jff.org.il/