24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival | May 4-14, 2017

2015 Filmmaker Awards



This award is presented in memory of gifted Toronto filmmaker David A. Stein, who passed away in 2004 at age 34. The “Tzimmie”—named after his production company, Tzimmes Entertainment—is an annual $5,000 award given to the Director of the Best Documentary making its Canadian Premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. This award supports documentary filmmakers in creating works that
would have interested David, and that carry on his passion for storytelling.

This Years Jury


Kevin Courrier is an author and former writer/broadcaster and film critic with CBC Radio. He lectures regularly on film at Ryerson University as part of the LIFE Institute, as well as at the JCC Prosserman and the Miles Nadal Centre. Courrier is also the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the online arts journal, Critics at Large

Gary Topp's colourful career began with founding Toronto's first rep cinema, The Original 99-Cent Roxy, in 1972. Introducing artists like the Ramones, Dixie Chicks, The Police, Tom Waits and Jerry Seinfeld won him/The Garys a Toronto Arts Award (Music) in 1995.

Gail Singer is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter whose works have been presented worldwide at festivals, in theatres and on television. Among her productions are the films Watching Movies, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Lady, Wisecracks, and sequences in Destiny in Space (IMAX). Her next production is a multi-platform film/book/theatrical project, set in 1930s Germany and Canada.

2015 David A. Stein Memorial Award Winner
Shoah, The Forgotten Souls of History



The Micki Moore Award is a $5,000 prize presented to the Best Narrative Feature Film directed by a woman. “I think film is the highest form of art, combining so many disciplines; words, music, pictures, sets, costumes, continuity. A great director needs to be master of all, working to bring out the best in her cast and crew. With this award, I want to acknowledge that creativity, talent and tenacity. I hope this grant will help open one more door, remove one more obstacle, so that the winner of the Micki Moore Award can flourish and continue on her cinematic journey” (Micki Moore).


Amit Breuer is an Israeli-Canadian award-winning documentary and digital media producer, whose works have been presented on prestigious, traditional and emerging media platforms. Among her award-winning films are: The Specialist, Purity, Junction, Sentenced to Marriage, Checkpoint, Between Two Notes and The Guantanamo Trap.

Ric Esther Bienstock is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker best known for her investigative documentaries. Her films, including Tales From the Organ Trade, Sex Slaves and Ms.Conceptions have garnered dozens of awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and a Dupont-Columbia Award.

Jack Kuper is an award–winning filmmaker, author and former Creative Director of an advertising agency. He produced commercials and documentaries through his own Kuper Productions Ltd. He also spent 13 years at CBC where he was head of Graphic Design, Animation and Still Photography.

The 2015 Micki Moore Award Winner
Once in a Lifetime

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