About the competition

The Israeli Competition is an excellent platform for filmmakers, and for audiences – it offers a unique opportunity to encounter the outstanding film creations produced by students in Israel over the past year. These are films that offer a fascinating glimpse into a less familiar stage of the work, and an introduction to young and talented filmmakers – some of whom we will undoubtedly hear much more about in the future – just before they set out into the real, wide world. The number of film schools in Israel is growing,and this year we are proud to present films from eleven schools that represent a wide range of cinematic worldviews. We believe that it is important to showcase films of different genres and categories, from the city and the periphery, thought-provoking films that open a window into new worlds. We are excited to share with you our selection of films, and wish that the festival will be a gate to many more years of creative filmmaking.

Hila Chessen and Ayelet Michaeli Walk

Directors of the Israeli Competition.

Participating Schools
Steve Tisch School of Film & Television, Tel Aviv University
The School of Audio & Visual Arts, Sapir College
Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem
Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem
Beit Berl College Faculty of Arts - Film Department
Musrara, the Naggar Multidisciplinary School for Art and Society
Minshar School of Art
The Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & the Arts, Jerusalem
Oranim Academic College of Education
Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts
Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art

13 Keren Hayesod

Ofir Peretz / 25 min.
It is the night of Yom Kippur. Keren Hayesod Street lies in sacred silence, but David, a


Boaz Frankel / 20 min.
Another nearly-ordinary winter day in the life of 64-year-old Doron, director of a municipal nursing home for

A Fire Will Burn

Tohar Lev Jacobson / 22 min.
An experimental documentary on public leisure culture at Saker Garden in Jerusalem. The park is a meeting

A Night with No Dawn

Sara Bozakov / 20 min.
Five men from Darfur arrive at the Holot Detention Center for asylum seekers after receiving a summons.

Above and Below

Liron Narunsky, Oved Poran / 9 min.
Prehistoric findings from the Galilee inspire this tale of a parting ritual performed by an elderly shaman


Hila Amir / 25 min.
Anna has built herself a free world, full of passions and freedom. She plays with time. When


Efrat Dahan / 4 min.
A story about Adam, alone in the garden of Eden. Desperate for company, he falls in


Liron Barchat / 10 min.
Efrat arrives at the dentist for a tooth extraction while she’s in an emotional, unstable state. The


Nelly Feldman / 10 min.
Dorin has been taking care of her hospitalized ill father for a while now. Her boyfriend, Adi

Home Made

Shira Meishar / 13 min.
Helena, who works at a small restaurant in Jerusalem, is celebrating her 50th birthday today. Instead of


Omer Radak / 27 min.
Avi and Adi are a young couple, aspiring for a better future. The chance to reach their

I Am Billy

Moshe Gilboa / 4 min.
Billy, a joyful and optimistic nomad, makes his way to a mysterious orchard. There, he discovers the

It is what it is

Gal Efodi, Tamar Odenheimer / 6 min.
Talia and her husband live in an isolated town on the edge of a forest. She treats


Rawan Salalha / 15 min.
Jannat is an art student who deals with a tough reality of being a victim of domestic


Yael Arad Zafrir / 19 min.
An elderly devoted wife takes care of her paralyzed husband, maintaining a normal life for them.


Daniel Wiesmen / 10 min.
Dalia gives her young daughter Ella a head lice treatment in the bathroom. When Ella's father arrives


Or Bendavid / 15 min.
Tom wakes up on the living room couch. For a moment, he doesn’t know where he is

Madre Tierra

Shir Newman / 17 min.
Tamar, her partner and their daughter live in a traditional tent in nature, disconnected from civilization. The

My Memorial Day

Daniella Meroz / 5 min.
What starts out as a regular Israeli memorial day turns out to be an avant-garde freak show

No Child Left Behind

Rani Avidan / 28 min.
Sigal, a cynical high school teacher, makes a bet that she can make her worst student pass

Onion Rings

Uri Margalit / 27 min.
Ben the bar owner and Moran, his waitress are involved in an undefined relationship. A quarrel sends

Place to Be

Ido Chen / 29 min.
Harus, Nuki and Anyah, three homeless friends from the fringe of society, are traveling to Tel-Aviv in

Poetry is A Ladle of Meaning

Anat Kremien / 15 min.
Moran Katrin arrives at an underground poetry slam in Tel Aviv. As the evening unfolds, she

Private Lesson

Adam Kramer / 15 min.
Tomer makes his living through music. He is a private guitar teacher and records jingles and sound


Jonathan Hashiloni / 13 min.
A horror-love story between Penny, a young and lonely girl, her shy neighbor Izzy and a troublesome

Timor’s Show

Tamara Mamon / 30 min.
Opera singer Timor never thought that, at 37, he would go back to live with his parents.


Michal Hajaj / 20 min.
Avraham, a middle-class man in his 50's, wakes up one night with a pain in his chest,

Cord Dueppe

Jury member of the Israeli competition

Head of Sales for interfilm Berlin. Cord Dueppe is responsible for licensing an ever-expanding catalogue of internationally successful and outstanding short films. He is also a member of the selection committee for the interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival, curates special programs, and manages projects for interfilm’s agency. Educated at the Free University of Berlin and New York University, Cord earned a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and was a film programmer and editor for 15 years at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York before moving to Berlin in 2010.

István Borbás

Jury Member of the Israeli Competition

Swedish commercial and feature film cinematographer who began his work with the acclaimed director Roy Andersson in 1984. During the past 30 years at Studio 24, Andersson and Borbás have created countless commercials and films of different lengths, from 15 seconds to 2 hours. Borbás has also participated in the creation and shaping of books, exhibitions, commercial, and billboard campaigns. All of these projects had the ambition to portray human joy, sorrows, and vulnerability in environments and situations we can all identify with. If shown in a specific way, even the most trivial situation (space, light, characters) can succeed in giving us a very precise description of human existence. Most of these projects received much attention in Sweden and internationally. His most recent work with Roy Andersson, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Its Existence received the Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

The cinematographer István Borbás will hold a masterclass during the festival.

The film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Its Existence and a program of Roy Anderson’s short films and commercials, shot by Borbás will be screened.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Its Existence will be followed by a Q&A with him.

Mr. Borbás’s participation was made possible thanks to the ACT – Israel Association of Cinema & Television.

Joseph Cedar

Chairperson of the Jury for the Israeli Competition

Israeli director and screenwriter and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Joseph Cedar is a five-time Ophir Award winner, won the best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Cedar wrote and directed Time of Favor (2000), Campfire (2004), Beaufort (2007, screenplay co-written with Ron Leshem) which was nominated for an Oscar, and Footnote (2011) which was also nominated for an Oscar. In 2017, his film Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer was released in theatres

Anne Parent

Jury Member of the Israeli Competition

Manager of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival’s Short Film Market, one of the world’s most important short film festivals. Anne Parent studied advertising and communication and worked in the performing arts and events in Paris. In 1996, she joined Clermont-Ferrand’s founding team. As of today, 35 countries who are part of the market and it is attended by various professionals in the short film industry, including buyers, distributors, and programme managers from around the globe.