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 from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University where he is also currently a PhD student. He lectures at Tel Aviv University, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and Sapir College. His Column “Relevant” was published (2014-2017) in the Gallery supplement of Haaretz daily newspaper. Eyal is also a researcher and content editor for television and documentary projects since 2001. He served as a judge for the Sapir Prize for Literature (2016-1017), as lector for the Rabinovich Foundation’s documentary film track (2016-2015), and as juror and lector for the Docaviv Festival (2018-2017). Arabic Movie (2015), co-directed with Sara Tsifroni, was his debut film.

Anne Georget

Anne Georget is a French documentary film director. She was chairwoman of LaScam, French author’s guild (2015-17). She is chairwoman of FIPADOC, international documentary film festival taking place in January in the city of Biarritz.

Daan Vermeulen

Daan Vermeulen (1985) works for the Dutch documentary film distributor Cinema Delicatessen. He is responsible for the acquisition of new documentary films, and the marketing and distribution strategies for theatrical-, outreach-, DVD- and VOD-releases. Titles he worked on include The Cave, The Act of Killing, CITIZENFOUR, I Am Not Your Negro, Kedi, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie, Maidan, Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, Weiner. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Netherlands Film Academy and has been a member of selection committees for the IDFA Forum and IDFA Bertha Fund. Before joining Cinema Delicatessen, he worked at IDFA. Vermeulen holds masters degrees in Cultural Analysis and Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Tali Shalom Ezer

An award-winning screenwriter and director. Born and raised in Israel, she studied film at Tel Aviv University where she lectures today, having gained international recognition when her critically acclaimed debut PRINCESS premiered in competition at Sundance Film Festival 2015. It won the Grand Prix at the 2015 Kiev International Film Festival, Best Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2014, and Best Debut Feature at the Raindance Film Festival. Her film MY DAYS OF MERCY, starring Elliot Page and Kate Mara, premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2018 she adapted and directed the Israeli remake of Showtime’s WEB THERAPY.

Rohan Berry Crickmar

Rohan Berry Crickmar is a Scottish documentary producer and festival programmer who works with Edinburgh IFF, Cork IFF and with filmmakers including Carla Shah Laroche, Tasos Giapoutzis and Léa Luiz De Oliveira through his production company Everything Was Decided In Movement Productions (EWDIMProductions).


The Frank Lowy Award For the Best Israeli Film

Courtesy of: Frank Lowy
The award is made possible by the generous donation of Frank Lowy
Equipment Rental Grant: Glikson
Editing Shift Grant: Edit Studios
The Art & Culture Council of Mifal Hapis Grant:A marketing grant courtesy by The Art & Culture Council of Mifal Hapis , the Israeli lottery , will be awarded to the Israeli Competition winner for submitting their film for the Academy Awards

The Yossi Kaufmann Award for Best Director

Courtesy of: Makor Foundation for Israeli Films

Mayor of Tel-Aviv Yafo Award for Debut Film

Courtesy of: Mayor of Tel-Aviv Yafo

Special Jury Award

Courtesy of: Harel Insurance Investment and Financial Services

Best Research Award

Best Cinematography Award

Courtesy of: Ministry of Culture and Sport – The Israeli Film Council

Best Editing Award

Courtesy of: Ministry of Culture and Sport – The Israeli Film Council

Kadar Foundation Award

This Prize awarded by the KADAR Foundation (established by Dr Avraham Kadar) that focuses on creativity in Culture, Art and Science.

Courtesy of: KADAR Foundation (established by Dr Avraham Kadar)



Yair Lev

Director, writer and professor-lecturer at Bezalel and Sam Spiegel. His latest film You Only Die Twice (2018) won numerous awards in more than 30 international festivals (including Audience Choice and Research awards at Doc Aviv), and has enjoyed exceptional commercial success. Two-time winner of the prestigious Ministry of Culture’s Art of Cinema Award

Radu Ciorniciuc

Romanian film director, cinematographer, and investigative journalist. Ciorniciuc’s debut feature documentary film, Acasa, My Home, premiered at Sundance 2020 where it won the Special Jury Award for Cinematography. The film had an exceptional festival run, and has been selected for a nomination by the European Film Academy Awards. He co-founded the first independent media organisation in Romania; Casa Jurnalistului, a community of reporters specialising in in-depth, long-form, and multimedia reporting. Since then, Radu has worked as a long-form writer and undercover investigative reporter. His research is focused on human rights, animal welfare, and environmental issues across the globe.

Tamar Kay

Tamar Kay is a three-time Israeli Academy Award nominee. Her Thesis film, The Mute’s House, was shortlisted for the 2017 Best Short Documentary Academy Award (Oscars) and won numerous awards in prestigious festivals. Unchained, an Israeli TV drama Tamar co-created, premiered in 2019 on the Israeli KAN channel and was purchased by SBS in Australia. Tamar has edited a number of documentary films & TV series, some of which won Israeli Emmy awards. Currently she’s working on a feature-length film with the support of the Rabinovich Foundation. Tamar is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. Prior to her film studies, Tamar completed a dual degree in Psychology & Philosophy.


Best International Film Award

Courtesy of: Ministry of Culture and Sport – The Israeli Film Council



Darko Nabakov

Darko Nabakov is an actor and art historian living and working in Skopje, Macedonia. In the past nine years has been actively involved in the MakeDox association for promotion of creative documentaries and since 2019 he is the Executive Director of the MakeDox International Festival for Documentary Films.

Levi Zini

Levi Zini Levi Zini is a leading documentary filmmaker with over 40 years of experience in creating independent films and television documentaries. Between 2009-2013, Zini served as Chief Commissioner of Israel’s premiere documentary channel – Channel 8. Zini was awarded Israel’s Minister of Education Award for Documentary Filmmaking in 1999 and 2012.

Alma Beck

Alma Beck is the founder and co-manager of the Solidarity Culture social movement and the Restaurants in Solidarity program. She has worked with documentary filmmakers, organized pop-up film events with Israeli culture and nightlife giant, and produced the Israeli documentary program at Docaviv 2019. She has a master’s degree in liberal studies and critical theory from The New School, New York.

Beyond the Screen Award

Courtesy of: Tsur Family

In the name of Ilana Tsur Docaviv Founder



Ellyott Ben Ezzer

Israeli musician,dj and film composer In a delightfully contrasting career spanning almost four decades, Ellyott has released 10 albums, djed all over the world, remixed some of Israel’s best loved artists, composed the score for many films and tv series, and is a teacher, a radio show host, and an innovator. Ellyott started out in the late 1980s as singer, song writer and drummer of Tel Aviv band ”Pollyanna Frank”, notorious for its daring, satirical lyrics and genre-defying music. A strong, clear voice for equality and justice, Ellyott was the first musician, male or female, to come out as gay in Israel, in 1989. Ellyott then moved to London and was the singer for queer-core band ‘’Sister George’’ . Her time in London was captured by recent documentary ‘’REBEL DYKES’, winner of the 2021 Iris prize. Ellyott began composing for film and TV in 2005 upon returning to Tel Aviv. Her latest project is a new score for the classic film Nosferatu, upon its 100th anniversary, performed live, solo, and currently touring world wide.

Anat Even

Anat Even is an independent filmmaker, her works are concerned with themes of memory, identity and belonging. Through them, she researches and observes reality and Israeli society. Anat is a co-editor of an Israeli internet documentary magazine “Takriv”, and has won the Cinema Prize awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture in 2004 as well as the Landau prize for excellency in cinema 2011. Her films have been shown at international festivals and exhibitions in Israel and around the world. Among her films: Duda 1994, Compromise 1996, Avram’s Grocery Store 1996, Detained 2001, Saturday at Janine 2002, Preliminaries 2005, Closure 2009, Disappearances 2017.

Riel Roch-Decter

Riel Roch-Decter is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based producer and co-founder of MEMORY along with Sebastian Pardo. Since 2014, the studio has collaborated with artists such as: Zia Anger, Amalia Ulman, Theo Anthony, DIS, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Carson Mell, YACHT, Dean Fleischer-Camp, Max McCabe-Lokos, and Marnie Ellen Hertzler. In 2021, their project ALL LIGHT, EVERYWHERE by Theo Anthony premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Non Fiction. Their most recent films include CROWS ARE WHITE (SXSW 2022) directed by Ahsen Nadeem and THE COMPUTER ACCENT (CPH:DOX 2022), which is Riel and Sebastian’s directorial debut. Riel has participated in the Cannes Producer’s Network, the IFFRotterdam Lab, the Sundance Creative Producing Lab, and in 2020 was awarded the Cinereach Producing Award.


Artistic Vision Award

Courtesy of: Ministry of Culture and Sport – The Israeli Film Council


Yad Vashem Award for Cinematic Excellence in Holocaust Documentary Filmmaking

Courtesy of: Courtesy of: Yad Vashem


Iris Zaki (PhD)

Iris Zaki (PhD) is a Grierson award-winning filmmaker who uses quirky first-person narratives to depict people. Her films were shown at numerous festivals (incl. IDFA, AFI DOCS, CPH:DOX, Karlovy Vary, Hamptons), received many international awards and featured on TV and on NY Times’ OpDocs. Iris received her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she explored her innovative interviewing technique, ‘The Abandoned Camera’. While working on her current project, Iris continues to teach BA and MA students, as well as masterclasses in Europe and the US.

Katharina Wartena

Katharina Wartena is an editor of international feature films and many documentaries (Three Minutes a Lengthening by Bianca Stigter), she received the Dutch award for best editor (It’s All So Quiet by Nanouk Leopold). She directed the documentary Keeping a Distance, selected for the competition of the Cinema du Réel in Paris.

Shady Srour

Shady Srour is an actor, screenwriter, director and producer for cinema, theatre and TV, and a lecturer at the Open University. He has B.A degree from Tel Aviv University in theater acting and M.F.A in filmmaking from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Shady was involved in the film 24 HOURS JERUSALEM (arte), which won the German TV award for best documentary in 2014. He was the lead in the Oscar-nominated short film AVE MARIA. HOLY AIR. His feature debut participated in Tribeca Film Festival in the International Competition. In 2021, he produced the feature documentary GANGSTER CHOCOLATE.


Best Short Award

Courtesy of: Ministry of Culture and Sport – The Israeli Film Council



Duki Dror

Born in Tel Aviv and educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago, Duki Dror is a prolific filmmaker and the creative force behind many award-winning documentaries, over his 25-year career, among them: The Cassandra Prophecy (CBC, KAN, ZDF, ARTE), Inside The Mossad (HOT8, ARTE, Netflix), and Lebanon: Borders of Blood – the grand winner of six Israeli TV academy awards.

Stephanie Fuchs

Stephanie is the Festival Manager at Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and hybrids. She is in charge of festival strategies, coordination of all international festivals, single bookings and educational screenings. She also offers her expertise as a consultant, industry advisor and panelist and has been a part of several juries.

Adi Arbel

A documentary film and television director. Head of Development of the drama department at Endemol-Shein Israel. A senior artistic director and content editor of documentary projects, including Life as a Rumor – the autobiography of Assi Dayan, Awakened – Women on Sexuality, Personal Questions – Gila Almagor and Yaakov Agmon, and Grossman.


In the name and memory of Ruthi Gottesman Beloved and dedicated friend of Docaviv

The awards are made possible by the generous donation of Yoav Gottesman

Equipment Rental Grant

Courtesy of: Glikson

Editing Shift Grant

Courtesy of: Edit Studios

Students Scholarships for excellence in the name of Moshe Lev in the Fields of cinematography and editing


Courtesy of: Ministry of Culture and Sport – The Israeli Film Council

Student Pitching at Docaviv


Gesher Multicultural Film Fund grant

Online editing room grant by Opus Productions

Soundtrack editing grant by Jungle Sound Studios

*All grants are subject to the Israel Film Council’s regulatory guidelines


First Award

Courtesy of: TikTok Israel

Second Award

Courtesy of: TikTok Israel

Third Award

Courtesy of: TikTok Israel

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