The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced Karen Pearlman and Joel Kohn as the recipients of the 2019 JIFF Short Film Fund. The two filmmakers will each receive a $5,000 grant to make a short film to premiere at the 2019 Jewish International Film Festival.
"There were a number of strong applications but the two projects chosen stood out for the strength of the ideas and the quality of the presentations. The judges also felt that they were very well suited to the short film format." - industry judges Mike Selwyn and Dr Mitzi Goldman
"After the success of our 2017 and 2018 Short Film Funds, we are thrilled to once again be a catalyst for the production of two new and diverse Australian films, and are looking forward to sharing them with audiences at JIFF 2019." - JIFF Artistic Director, Eddie Tamir
In 2019, JIFF is thrilled to support Australian filmmakers with their third Short Film Fund: a funding initiative aimed to encourage and support the production and exhibition of diverse short films on themes that engage with Jewish life, history and culture. JIFF is committed to supporting and championing local filmmakers, and stories reflecting the global Jewish experience.
The high calibre entries from around Australia were adjudicated over by industry professionals Mike Selwyn, former Managing Director Paramount Australia and Vice President Australia/ New Zealand and current Distribution Consultant; and documentary director, producer and editor Dr Mitzi Goldman, who is founder and CEO of Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF).