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"Decompression" by Yona Rozenkier won $50,000 at the Lab's closing events

Last night, on 9th of July at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the jury of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab announced the two Film Lab projects that will receive the Beracha Foundation prizes totaling $70,000 in production grants.


The first prize of $50,000 was awarded to the project "Decompression", by director Yona Rozenkier and producer Kobi Mizrahi from Israel.

The second prize of $20,000 was awarded to Gonzalo Tobal and producer Benjamin Domenech for their project "Dolores" from Argentine.

Special mention was awarded to "Life is Anywhere Else" by Margarita Linton- Blakalav and producer Estee Yacov- Mecklberg.


Yona Rozenkier & Kobi Mizrahi - "Decompression" Gonzalo Tobal - "Dolores" Margarita Linton-Balaklav & Estee Yacov-Mecklberg - "Life isAnywhere Else"


The chairman of the jury, Oscar nominated cinematographer, Slawomir Idzak, shared the jury's reasons for their decision:

"The jury was impressed by the genuine and emotional father and son story from north of Israel to south. The mix between drama and humor is very well balanced. The very visual metaphoric ending is so powerful, you will not forget it"


The stellar jury included Hengameh Panahi - Founding Director, Celluloid Dreams, Charles Tesson -  Artistic Director of the Cannes Critics' Week, Kirsten Niehuus - General Director, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Katriel Schory - Director of The Israel Film Fund, Eric Lagesse - President, Pyramide Films, Carole Scotta - Founding Director, Haut et Court and Roberto Olla - Executive Director, Eurimages.


Click here to read Screendaily's coverage of the event.

Click here to read Variety's coverage of the event.


Due the Lab's unique concept of improving the scripts and strengthen the projects production's feasibility:  75% of the Lab's projects were already shot in USA, France, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Ivory Coast, Uruguay, Argentine, Montenegro, Italy, Sri Lanka and Iceland and had their world premiere in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and other film festivals. 


The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab was launched in December 2011. Its Founding Director is Renen Schorr, and it is co-directed by Ifat Tubi.



The Lab is supported by The Israel State Lottery's Culture & Arts Council, The Beracha Foundation, The Jerusaelm Film & Television Fund, The Jerusalem Development Authority, The Sam Spiegel Foundation, The Israel Film Fund and The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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