for best short film
David A. Stein
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.
David A. Stein
DIRECTORS: KINERET GILLOR, MAYA TIBERMANMore
is the co-founder of Riddle Films, an award-winning company dedicated to the creation of arts, culture and the creation of digital content. Other credits include the Gemini Award-Winning Carry Me Home and Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, which was nominated for an International Emmy in 2018. Most recently, he produced RE:COLLECTION, a non-linear digital experience that weaves together the stories of Canadian Holocaust Survivors for the Azrieli Foundation.
is a documentary filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Her directorial debut Mermaids about a group of women who strongly identify with the powerful aquatic archetype premiered at Hot Docs 2017 and has since been broadcast in Canada, Israel, Brazil, France, and Germany. In 2018, she co-directed The Impossible Swim for TSN, directed #BLESSED for CBC Docs POV and produced Lulu Wei’s There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace for CBC Docs POV. Ali holds an MFA in Documentary Media Studies from Ryerson University and is a proud board member of Breakthroughs Film Festival, Canada’s only festival devoted to showcasing work by emerging women and non-binary directors.
is Director of the New York Jewish Film Festival, at the Jewish Museum. The NYJFF is co-presented by the Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center annually in January. At the Jewish Museum, she has served as curator for various film and video installations, including Chantal Akerman’s NOW (2018). She has also coordinated the New York presentations of exhibitions, including Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side: Photographs by Bruce Davidson (2007-08). She has published and spoken on Yiddish and Jewish culture, film, photography, and performance.
The Micki Moore Award
The Micki Moore Award is a $5,000 prize presented to the Best Narrative Feature Film directed and / or written 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)
The Micki Moore Award Winner:
Directors: ARTURO PEREZ TORRES, AVIVA ARMOUR-OSTROFFMore
is a screenwriter and director living between Paris and Tel Aviv. Her first feature film Virgins (2018), has won several festival awards like best actress at Tribeca film festival, Fipresci critics award at Jerusalem film festival. The End of Love (A cœur battant) is her second feature film. Developed through the Biennale college cinema, it was first screened at the Venice film festival and won TJFF's Micki Moore Prize in 2020.
graduated from the Theatre Department of Tel Aviv University. She directed several award-winning feature films, including Dreams of Innocence (1994), Three Mothers (2006), and The Fifth Heaven (2012). She has also directed numerous documentaries, including Ma’abarot: The Israeli Transit Camps (2019).
is Professor of Women & Gender Studies at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS. Her work is about media, culture, and identity, with a particular focus on television. Her most recent publications are: “Playing with Time: Linguistic Resurrection and the Disruption of Contemporary Jewishness” (2018); “Who’s Late?: Degrassi, Abortion, and Televisual History" (2021); and “The Dead and the Abhorred: The Return of Mother-Blame in Contemporary Serial Killer Narratives" (with R. Collins, forthcoming).
for best short film
for best short film Winner:
Directors: Tamir Aharoni & Gil McNeilMore