Israeli Competition Jury

Era Lapid

Edited dozens of feature and documentary films. Served as a lecturer on film editing at Tel Aviv University, Beit Zvi and Camera Obscura School of Visual Arts. Winner of the Israel Film Academy’s Best Editing Award for Tzaleket (Scar), Docaviv’s Best Editing Award for Hessed (Grace) and the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Best Editing Award for the documentary film Aharei ha-Hatuna (Just Married). Director (with Haim Lapid ) of the documentary film “Kindergarten” that participated in the Jerusalem Film Festival 2016.

Laura van Halsema

Laura van Halsema is a senior programmer at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where she has developed special programs on topics such as sound and editing, media, and democracy.

Nir Evron

Nir Evron is a video artist and photographer currently based in Tel Aviv. Evron has exhibited extensively, both domestically and internationally in galleries, museums, biennales and festivals. Recently he had a solo show at the Tel Aviv Museum and was awarded the Ministry of Culture Video Art Award for 2016. Evron holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy where he is currently teaching, and a MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art, London.

Jim Kolmar

Jim Kolmar programs documentaries for SXSW, and is part of the Experiential interactive storytelling program. He has worked with Cine Las Americas and the Austin Film Society, and served on juries, panels and committees in a wide range of prominent film festivals around the world.

Nicole Tsien

Nicole Tsien is the Associate Producer at POV, where she started as an intern at POV’s Community Engagement and Education Department, and afterwards worked as an administrative assistant, organizing special events such as MoMA Selects. She has participated on panels and juries worldwide, including DocBarcelona, IDFA, and RiverRun.

International Competition Jury

Gürata Ahmet

Gürata Ahmet is a Professor of Film Studies at Bilkent University. His work is on film history, archive and documentary. As a film critic he writes regularly for a number of publications. He also works as a programmer for the Festival on Wheels and affiliated with Docedge: Asian Forum for Documentary.

Eyal Sagui Bizawe

Eyal Sagui Bizawe is a researcher of Egyptian Cinema and Popular Culture. He holds a BA in Arabic Literature and Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Cultural Studies. His film “Arab Movie” (co-directed with Sara Tsifroni) won the Docaviv award for Culture and Art Films in 2015. Eyal is also a lecturer in various academic institutes and the author of the column “Relevant” published in the Gallery supplement of the Haaretz daily newspaper.

Maya Zinshtein

Maya Zinshtein is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist. She holds a BA in Cinema and French studies, and an MA in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. Maya directed and produced Forever Pure (2016), as well as other award winning documentaries. For years as an investigative journalist at Haaretz newspaper, she covered many of the ills of Israeli society and directed investigative stories for Israeli television channels.

Dan Sickles

Sickles is a filmmaker, actor, and writer best known for directing Mala Mala (2014), and for a 2011 stage production of Hamlet in which he played the title role. He is currently living in New York City and Paris. Dina (2017) is his second film with Antonio Santini and their production company, El Peligro.

Anath Kandell

Film producer and owner of One Light Productions. Her credits include “A crime called man”, “17 beginnings of Talia”, “Fluchkes”, “The Actors vs. the Audience”, and the documentary series “Makom Batzameret”, “Dancing with Tears in our Eyes”, and “Pasha”. She is a graduate of the Film and Television Department at Tel-Aviv University.

Depth of Field Competition Jury

Inge de Leeuw

Inge de Leeuw works as a programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and acquires films for the French world sales company Stray Dogs. In these capacities, she has curated thematic programs that focus on the relationship between cinema and other disciplines such as fashion, politics, and propaganda.

Noam Enbar

Noam Enbar is a singer, musician, and performance artist, who creates ritualistic compositions infused with a local mythic energy. He is a founding member of the rock group Habiluim, musical collective Oy Division, and The Great Gehenna Choir. His diverse body of work also includes scores for plays and films.

Ran Slavin

Ran Slavin is a digital video artist, editor, composer and filmmaker. He has had solo exhibitions at the museums of Herzliya and Haifa, and participated in exhibitions in Poland and Britain, at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and the film festivals of Turin, Kassel, and Jerusalem. His work combines new cinema, video-sound-light installations, and avant-garde electronic music.

Student Competition Jury

Maya Amsellem

Maya Amsellem was head of Legal and Business Affairs at Capitol Films in London, and is a co-founder of WestEnd Films, a production company involved in productions featuring A-list talents such as Neil Jordan, Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Frears, Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino and many others.

Morgane Delay

Morgane Delay studied Cinema and specializes in International Cultural Management. She joined Wide House in 2016 as Festivals Manager, where she handles the festival strategy of the films, and is also in charge of the non-commercial distribution of the company’s film catalogue.

Elad Keidan

A filmmaker, screenwriter, and film teacher whose films (“Anthem”, “And On He Walks”, “Afterthought”) have been screened at leading international festivals. He is the winner of three Ophir awards, and of the Best Film award at the Haifa Film Festival. Currently completing his second feature film, “500 Years at Sea”.


We are proud to welcome, for the first time, a panel of judges from FIPRESCI, The International Federation of Film Critics, to present the direction award in the Israeli competition.
The Federation was founded in 1925 by film journalists from Paris and Brussels, in order to support the film industry by writing about it and hands out awards at international festivals with the purpose of encouraging young filmmakers. In association with the Israeli Film Critics Association.

Iryna Gordiichuk

Iryna Gordiichuk is a journalist, translator, author, creator and host of TV shows about cinema where she also interviewed leading filmmakers. She has been honored by festivals in the Ukraine for her exposés of various socially significant topics. She has been program director at the Kiev Film Festival, and jury member at festivals in the Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Russia, and Georgia.

Dr. Ohad Landesman

Dr. Ohad Landesman is a film scholar and critic who is currently teaching at Tel Aviv University and at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. His academic writing has been published in leading journals and cinema magazines. For the past three years, he has been writing about local and international documentary cinema for his blog DocTalk and Takriv magazine.

Sanjin Pejkovic

Sanjin Pejkovic is a film scholar and critic based in Sweden. He writes mainly for Swedish film magazines FLM and Filmrutan, but also for various international film magazines and scholarly film journals. Currently, he teaches Film studies at Linnaeus university and cooperates with film festivals in Scandinavia and Balkans.


Joëlle Alexis

award-winning senior documentary and feature film editor (“Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem”, “The Green Prince”, “A Film Unfinished”).

Xiaolu Guo

Guo is a Chinese British filmmaker, essayist and novelist. She received her MA in art from Beijing Film Academy and studied documentary directing at UK’s National Film School. Her feature SHE, A CHINESE received the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival in 2009. She has written and directed several feature films and documentary essays and published a dozen books, among them the novel A CONCISE CHINESE ENGLISH DICTIONARY FOR LOVERS. Guo has also been named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

Matthijs Wouter Knol is Director of the European Film Market (EFM) and was previously Programme Manager of the Berlinale Talents Programme. Originally from the Netherlands, he worked several years as a documentary producer and for IDFA, focusing on international co-productions.

Peter Jaeger

Peter Jaeger founded the Vienna-based distribution company Autlook Filmsales, serving as its CEO until 2014. Peter is a jury member of the Flemish & Vienna Film Fund and a Professor at the Vienna Film Academy. In 2016 he launched Jaeger Creative, focusing on innovative distribution & financing solutions.

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