An Initiative of the International Student Film Festival in collaboration with the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund
“Life is a sum of all your choices”
At what moments in life do we turn to soul searching? In times of trouble? On the Day of Atonement? Before death? Or rather, when facing a new beginning? When it comes the time for change or making an important choice.
What does one look like in a space of self observation? Is introspection merely a personal act, or can a group, family, society, and state experience the process of an internal dialogue in an attempt to understand why something has gone wrong. “Introspection” seeks to place these dilemmas at the base of a dramatic short story that has a poignant, social, personal, or national statement.
The project “Short on the Way” is the result of a joint initiative taken by the International Student Film Festival in collaboration with the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund. The aim of the project is to strengthen the status of the short film and enable young filmmakers, graduates of film schools, to express themselves while remaining within the professional milieu, on their way to making their first feature film.
As part of the annual project, early this year, young filmmakers were invited, to submit short films on the subject of reckoning. Of a record number of 148 submissions, five of them were awarded development grants and guidance in scriptwriting and will present their projects in a reading event during the festival.
On the evening of the reading, the artists will present their projects and hold readings of a number of scenes, performed by the actors. Among them, two projects will be selected and awarded a production grant courtesy of
the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund. The films that are produced will be screened at the International Student Film Festival in June 2019. The winners will be announced on the closing night.
Kobi Mizrahi – Graduated from the Film and Television Department of Tel-Aviv University. Produces Fiction and documentary features and shorts, among them: WATER (Opened critics’ week, Venice), Shmama (Pardino d’argento award, Locarno) and Open your eyes (Clermont Ferrand).
Miki Polonski – A director, screenwriter and film lecturer. His latest films—Shmama and 1 Building and 40 People Dancing—have won awards at Locarno, Docaviv and The Israeli Documentary Film Competition. His short film Ten Buildings Away was selected for the Cinéfondation competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2017, his short films were featured in retrospectives at several international film festivals.
Mor Eldar – Head of Movies Channels – YES Satellite
Jackies/ Adi Kutner
Eden and Dana, two 15 year old girls, discover that their celebrity idol, Michael Regev, has opened a new bar in Tel Aviv. One night, they decide to sneak into the bar to ‘hunt’ him down. The two spend the night desperately trying to prove their maturity, lying about their age and identity, not realizing the price they will have to pay.
The Accident / Omri Dekel-Kadosh
Omri is trying to reunite his divorced parents, Ayelet and Meir, and his three younger brothers, by traveling to the heart of the desert, to the place where the family fell apart.
Birthright / Inbar Horesh
Natasha, 21, participates in a “Birthright” trip accompanied by two Israeli soldiers. The girls in the group announce a competition: to be the first to get a soldier into bed during their trip to the desert.
Third look / Efrat Rasner
On a bus ride between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Shira makes a brave decision to change seats. A decision that in a few minutes will become dramatic and cause Shira to move on the fine line between guilt, compassion and relief and force her to take a reckoning and act again unexpectedly.
Something of yours belongs to me / Elinor Nechemya
On a sunny day, chaos is unleashed at a disastrous meeting between two young women, and their mother, who deserted them.