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Awards for promising young directors at Sam Spiegel film lab

Top prize goes to Israeli filmmaker, with runner-up split between films from Cyprus and Brazil and new artistic vision prize

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From left: Sam Spiegel director Dana Blankstein Cohen, prizewinner Netalie Braun and film lab director Aurit Zamir at the 9th edition of the Sam Spiegel film lab, August 28, 2021 (Courtesy Yossi Zwecker)
From left: Sam Spiegel director Dana Blankstein Cohen, prizewinner Netalie Braun and film lab director Aurit Zamir at the 9th edition of the Sam Spiegel film lab, August 28, 2021 (Courtesy Yossi Zwecker)

Take note of three new directors from Israel, Cyprus and Brazil who were awarded the top prizes in the 9th Edition of the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film Lab.

The top prize went to Israeli director Netalie Braun’s “Oxygen” and the Emerging Filmmaker Award was shared by Myrsini Aristidou’s “Iris” from Cyprus and “Sisters” by Brazilian director Marianna Brennand Fortes. A new additional prize this year was the FACTORY 54 Artistic Vision Award, presented to “Seven Chapters in Survival” by Israel’s Odeya Rosenak.

The four winning projects were chosen from 12 entries submitted from Israel and abroad, and were chosen by the jury, which included Tribeca Festival’s Frederic Boyer, Maya Amsellem of the UK’s WestEnd Films, Sandrine Brauer from Compagnie des Lamas in France, Aranka Matits of Featurette, Netherlands and Ziv Naveh from Israel’s Gesher Multicultural Film Fund.

Each of the Israeli projects submitted to the film lab also received four mentoring sessions of mentorship with an inspiring cinematic figure of their choice, an opportunity created by the Jerusalem Film Fund.

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab has become a leading force in the development of groundbreaking feature films, including Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid who recently won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2021 for “Ahed’s Knee.”

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