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The Winners of the 2023 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Awards have been Announced

Three projects won the 2023 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Awards

12 projects participated this year in the 11th cycle of the Sam Spiegel Film Lab. Creators from around the world: from Italy, Greece, North Macedonia, France/Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, and Israel, presented their first or second feature, to senior figures from the film industry, producers, festival directors and heads of film funds. The awards were presented at the “Industry Days” awards ceremony of the Jerusalem Film Festival, held on the roof of the new tabernacle of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in the city center.


The 2023 Sam Spiegel Film Lab Emerging Filmmaker Award in the amount of $20,000, in contribution of the “Bracha” fund, was awarded to the film Checkpoints by Rita Borodiyanski. Producer: Osnat Saraga, Israel.

The film depicts the story of a young woman who chooses to serve in the IDF’s Border Patrol Unit stationed in Tul-Karem, in order to receive a grant from the army, and escape a destructive relationship. The reasoning of the jury states that “This is an energetic story about female empowerment and becoming free. It brings to the screen the story of a woman from a challenging background, who manages to make the best of her situation, in a political reality that does not offer her many options.”


Published on JNews, July 18, 2023