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JIFF Short Film Fund

The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2024 JIFF Short Film Fund. First presented in 2017, the Fund provides funding to Australian filmmakers for the completion of a Jewish-themed short film (narrative, documentary or animation).

Filmmaker Yael Grunseit is a recipient for her project 1, 40, 400 alongside Aimee Tracton and Melissa Anastasi for the short Soft Gaze. Each project will receive $5,000.

1, 40, 400 brings a feminized, sexually-positive, and Jewish voice to the rich landscape of sci-fi short films. The individual concerns of sexuality, gender, belief systems and relationships are thrown into question against the backdrop of public institutions like science, the patriarchy and Judaism. This is an optimistic short film about a future where oppositional forces can coexist.

Soft Gaze is an intimate and tensely captivating narrative that promises to be thought provoking, exploring complex, timely themes of vicarious healing, self-image, and vulnerability within relationships. 

The two short films will have their Australian Premiere at the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF), returning to cinemas across Australia in October 2024.

For further information, including interview requests, please contact:
Jewish International Film Festival manager Paulette Arvizu

Questions? Get in touch here.

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