21st Toronto Jewish Film Festival | May 1-11, 2014

2014 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.


Bernice Eisenstein is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic memoir, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, which was adapted into an NFB animated short film. Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Karen Levine is the author of the bestselling book Hana's Suitcase and the Documentary Editor at CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition, as well as a veteran radio documentary maker.

Alan Zweig is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker. His films include Vinyl and I, Curmudgeon and the recent When Jews Were Funny, which won the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

David A. Stein Memorial Award Winners

2014 Farewell Herr Schwarz
2013 Altina
2012 The Flat
2011 Ingelore
2010 Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust The Lone Samaritan
2009 My First War
2008 Stealing Klimt


The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is pleased to announce the inaugural year of The Micki Moore Award. This year's prize of $5000 is presented to the Best Female Director of a Narrative Feature Film screening at this year's Festival.

"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).


Judy Gladstone spent 15 years developing Bravo! FACT into a world-acclaimed incubator of Canadian filmmakers and new media talent. Prior to that, Judy worked in the Middle East running CIDA's Canada Fund for Dialogue and Development, and as Cultural Attaché for Canada in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Laurie May has just launched her new production company Elevation Pictures, after serving as Alliance Films Executive Vice President as well as the co-founder of Maple Pictures

Jon Slan is an award-winning film and television producer. His feature credits include Wyatt Earp, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and The Wrong Guy. Television credits include 2014's Canadian Screen Award winner for best television movie, Borealis.

The 2014 Micki Moore Award Winner
For a Woman

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