Miami Jewish Film Festival Announces $18,000 Prize, a First for Any Jewish Film Festival

Miami Jewish Film Festival Announces $18,000 Prize, a First for Any Jewish Film Festival

JUAN ANTONIO BARQUIN | SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 | 9:31AMK

The Miami Jewish Film Festival announced today it will launch a competition sidebar in which select films will be judged and compete for the $18,000 Grand Jury Prize. This cash prize marks the first such award to be offered by any Jewish film festival in the world.

Sponsored by the American real-estate firm Crescent Heights, the new Grand Jury Prize will be open to any filmmaker whose feature film work, both narrative and documentary, either presents a substantial portion of its content as Jewish interest or is produced in Israel. The prize is to be split equally between the film's lead production company and the U.S. distributor (and if no distributor is available, a 30-day window will open for a U.S. theatrical sale to be made). A jury of international film professionals and scholars, to be announced at a later date, will judge the competition.

“Crescent Heights is proud to support the Miami Jewish Film Festival’s mission to present the best international Jewish cinema to South Florida audiences and to bridge communities through film," Russell Galbut, managing principal of Crescent Heights said in a statement. "We hope our sponsorship of the festival’s Jury Prize contributes to the festival’s discovery of new talent, recognition of established filmmakers, and its aims of creating cultural understanding, promoting tolerance, and encouraging artistic development through film.”

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