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Short Film Competition

The Miami Jewish Film Festival's inaugural Short Film Competition presents some of the most prestigious international short films and many new discoveries. Presented in partnership with Film Movement, a renowned US Distributor, one winner will be selected to receive a distribution deal and a cash prize. Together, the Miami Jewish Film Festival and Film Movement seek to discover and develop independent artists, and to provide a platform for them to showcase their works to a global audience.

Inaugural Short Film Competition Lineup:

70 Hester Street
Florida Premiere | Directed by Casimir Nozkowski
US | 10 minutes | 2015

A documentary about director Casimir Nozkowski’s childhood home and how much of the past he could still see in it after he left.

BORN IN JERUSALEM AND STILL ALIVE
North American Premiere | Directed by Yossi Atia
Israel | 8 minutes | 2015
Hebrew with English subtitles

A dark comedy about guided tours of terror attack sites on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Street, a single street that has been targeted by the most terror attacks in the world.

THE BROTHER MIKE TAPES
Florida Premiere | Directed by Mike Cohen & Rod Perry
US | 3 minutes | 2015

A young man’s love of rock & roll told through secretly recorded conversations with his parents.

BRUT
North American Premiere | Directed by Svetlana Filippova
Russia | 13 minutes | 2015
Russian with English subtitles

A haunting parable on the way humans exert authority and superiority over our fellow creatures and selves.

GERMAN SHEPHERD
Florida Premiere | Directed by Nils Bergendal
Sweden | 10 minutes | 2015

As a Jew growing up in Baltimore, David’s vision of Germany was shaped by the stories of his Holocaust-survivor mother; later in life, he reflects on whether it is possible to overcome this history.

GROUND FLOOR
North American Premiere | Directed by Asya Aizenstein
Israel | 3 minutes | 2015

A noirish urban environment illustrates the inner reflections of a city walker.

INSIGHT
North American Premiere | Directed by Elad Ayzen, Gil Leron, Shahar Madmon
Israel | 9 minutes | 2015

Hebrew with English subtitles

A brilliantly animated, strangely touching story about a love kept apart by a magnificent mystery locked just behind a thin layer of glass.

LINE OF GRACE
North American Premiere | Directed by Rotem Kapelinsky
Israel | 32 minutes | 2015
Hebrew with English subtitles

An unflinching portrait of Grace as she fights and struggles her way through hardship after hardship, determined to stay afloat.

LOVE IS BLIND AND DEAF
Florida Premiere | Directed by Gur Bentwich
US | 4 minutes | 2015

An animated adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s short story “Love Is Blind and Deaf” that revisits the story of Adam and Eve with a twist.

MATICES
North American Premiere | Directed by Saul Masri
Mexico | 5 minutes | 2015
Spanish with English subtitles

Two old strangers play a friendly game of chess in the park and discover they have more in common than meets the eye, unmasking a history with two different sides.

PARIS ON THE WATER
Florida Premiere | Directed by Hadas Ayalon
Israel | 29 minutes | 2015
Hebrew with English subtitles

A former movie star is finally offered a part in a new film by a celebrated director, but something unexpected happens just before the audition that forces her to reexamine her life..

PUZZLE
North American Premiere | Directed by Stav Levi
Israel | 3 minutes | 2015

In this metaphoric film, a strange character is trapped in the seemingly never-ending piecing of a puzzle the size of the world itself.

THE TRAIN
Florida Premiere | Directed by Asher Grodman
US | 10 minutes | 2015

A meeting with a Holocaust survivor (Eli Wallach in his last performance) teaches a self-consumed young man that life can change in a heartbeat..

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