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The Yad Vashem Visual Center at the International Jerusalem Film Festival

Call for Submissions The Jewish Experience
The Jerusalem International Film Festival

Jerusalem Cinemattheque. Israel Film Archive

The Joan Sourasky-Constantiner Holocaust Multimedia Research Center of the Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive and Yad Vashem’s Visual Center invite filmmakers to submit their films to the “Jewish Experience” competition at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, held each year in July.

The awards, endowed through the generosity of Michaela and Leon Constantiner, are granted in the following categories:

The Yad Vashem Visual Center presents:
The Avner Shalev - Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award
For Artistic Achievement in Holocaust-related Film

The Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive Joan Sourasky-Constantiner Multimedia Center presents:
The Lia Van Leer Award
For Artistic Achievement in a Film on Jewish Heritage 

  • The nominees, whether documentaries or fiction films, must be at least 50 minutes long; their Israeli premiere will be at the Jerusalem International Film Festival (i.e., films which have been distributed theatrically in Israel, shown on any local Israeli television channel, or screened at any festival or public venue in Israel are not eligible to compete).
  • Both Israeli and international productions may compete.
  • Films must be submitted to the festival management’s selection committee by the date publicized each year on the website.
  • The screening copy must include English subtitles.
  • The jury will include members from Israel and abroad.
  • The nominated films will be screened before paying audiences and invitees, at a time and place determined by the Jerusalem International Film Festival management.
  • Registration and submission forms: http://www.jer-cin.org.il/Wolgin.aspx
  • The awards ceremony will take place at the festival’s closing event.

“Since 2006, the Visual Center has granted The Avner Shalev - Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Artistic Achievement in Holocaust-related Film, to acknowledge that film has become the most compelling international language, whose influence will only grow with time. The award enables the Visual Center to maintain its ongoing commitment to excellence in the field of Holocaust Cinema.”
Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate