SJFF Awards

2020

1st Golden Or (Light) Jury Prize
PICTURE OF HIS LIFE | Dir. Dani Menkin
World renowned wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum has one final photographic dream remaining – to photograph a Polar Bear underwater. As the journey unfolds, so does an intimate and painful story of dedication, sacrifice, and personal redemption.

Audience Choice Award: Best Documentary Feature
PICTURE OF HIS LIFE | Dir. Dani Menkin

2019

Audience Choice: Best Narrative Feature
SHOELACES | Dir.
The heartwarming story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son.

Audience Choice: Best Documentry Feature
ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ | Dir.
In 2015, 94-year-old former German SS officer, “The Accountant of Auschwitz,” admitted his guilt and went on trial.

Audience Choice: Best Animated Short
THE DRIVER IS RED | Dir.
The search for a mysterious, Nazi war criminal extends to 1960s Buenos Aires, Argentina, in this animated true-crime documentary thriller

Audience Choice: Best Narrative Short
THE TATTOO | Dir.
A mortuary artist can’t cover all old wounds.

Audience Choice: Best Documentary Short
WENDY’S SHABBAT | Dir.
A Jewish boy tries to impress his Jamaican girl crush and her family.

2018

Audience Choice: Best Narrative Feature
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE | Dir.
A courageous lawyer defends Mandela’s inner circle—some black, some Jewish—in 1963 South Africa.

Audience Choice: Best Documentry Feature
SAMMY DAVIS JR:. I’VE GOTTA BE ME | Dir.
A toe-tapping, star-studded homage to this immensely talented, black-Jewish Puerto-Rican, Rat Pack entertainer. Watch on PBS Masters

Audience Choice: Best Narrative Short
OUR BROTHERS | Dir.
A heated discussion at a bus stop between a secular former IDF soldier and an Orthodox man leads to an unforgettable turn of events. Watch on YouTube

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