5 SHORTS +1! (No.6), Sunday, 5 November, 6:00pm:
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Director: Lior Geller | Israel | 2017 | Crime Drama | Hebrew | English Subtitles | 20 mins
Kindly sponsored by Tel Aviv University (TAU) Hong Kong Friends

Kindly supported by the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong 




13 year-old Ismayil searches for a new life for himself and his younger brother outside the Arab drug slums of the city of Lod. When Daniel, a traumatized Israeli ex-soldier comes to the neighborhood looking for drugs in escape of his own reality, an unusual opportunity arises that will change their lives forever.

This short film, made at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University, was nominated for a student Academy Award and played at over 60 festivals in 36 countries, winning 24 awards, including top prizes at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Beijing Film Festival and the International Association of Film Schools. The film has set the Guinness World Record for Most Awards Won by a Short Student Film.

Nominations & Awards

Guinness World Record – Most Awards Won by a Student Film.
Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Student Film, 2008.
Winner – Best Short Film – Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel, 2007.
Winner – Best Film – International Student Film Festival, Mexico, 2008.
Winner – Best Film – CILECT Competition of Film Schools, 2008.
Winner – Best Film – FIKE Short Film Festival, Portugal, 2008.
Winner – First Prize – U. Frame International Film Festival, Portugal, 2008.
Winner – Best Student Film – 23rd Israel Film Festival, New York, 2008.
Winner – Best Asian Short Film – Beijing Short Film Festival, China, 2007.
Winner – Young Audience Award – Montpellier Film Festival, France, 2007.
Winner – Bronze Tadpole for Best Cinematography – Camerimage Film Festival, Poland, 2008.
Winner – Best Cinematography – Belgrade Student Film Festival, Serbia, 2007.
Winner – Georges Perot Short Film Prize – Paris Cinerail Film Festival, France, 2008.
Winner – Best Script – Aubagne Film Festival, France, 2008.
Winner – Best Editing – Seh-Seuchte Student Film Festival, Berlin, 2008.
Winner – 3rd Prize, Best Editing, Best Music & Sound Design – Lenola Film Festival, Italy, 2008.
Winner – RTP2 Award, Special Mention – Circuito Off Venice Short Film Festival, Italy, 2008.
Winner – Audience Award – Nashville Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009.
Winner – Audience Award – Utah Arts Film Festival, USA, 2009.
Winner – Special Mention – Lodz Student Film Festival, Poland, 2007.
Winner – Special Mention – Mediterranean Festival of New Filmmakers, Larissa, Greece, 2008.
Winner – Euromed Scriptwriting Competition, 2007.
The Heart of Jenin premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, played at more than 50 international film festivals, screened on PBS, was theatrically released in Europe and won the following awards:
Winner – Öngören Prize – Nuremberg Film Festival, Germany, 2011.
Emmy Award Nominee – Outstanding Informational Programming Long Form, 2010.
Winner – German Academy Award – Best Documentary, 2010.
European Academy Award Nominee – Best Documentary, 2009.
Winner – Most Valuable Documentary – Cinema for Peace Award, Berlin, 2009.
Winner – Audience Award – Movies That Matter Film Festival, The Hague, 2009.
Winner – DEFA Award & Honorary Mention – Leipzig Film Festival, Germany, 2008.
Winner – First Prize – Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid, Spain, 2008.
Winner – Audience Award – Dubai International Film Festival, U.A.E., 2008.

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