SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL JOY F. KNAPP PRESENTATIONS
In memory of JOY F. KNAPP, beloved aunt of Shane & Daniel Sollender and Griffin & Jonah Schulmam 

 

 

2023 SDIJFF PREVIEW DAY | RECEPTION

Sunday, January 29, 11:00 AM

New to the festival experience this year, we are hosting the SDIJFF Preview Day on Sunday, January 29. It’s your chance to identify the films you most want to see and to make plans with friends for February! Come to the LFJCC for an hour-long viewing experience in the Garfield Theatre and see trailers from the festival films – and stick around for a nosh.

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center | JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Dr,
La Jolla, CA 92037

 


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Jury Awards

 

Grand Jury Prize
Talk Louder
Director: Renzo Esposito

Best Documentary
Paddling for Life
Director: Judy Herbstein

 

Best Animation
The Long-Lost Cheider Book
Director: Nina Frederikke Grünfeld

 

Best Comedy
Minyan Duty
Director: Ivan Kander

 

Best Director | Best Narrative
No Limits
Director: Uriya Kapach


Craig Prater | 2022 JFJSFF Jury Member
Grand Jury Prize
Talk Louder
Director: Renzo Esposito

Any film that warrants a Grand Jury Prize at any film festival in which the film is showcased with other quality films is expected to stand out in many categories:  Message or storyline, directing, editing, cinematography, acting, etc.  Talk Louder accomplishes that task and was the consensus of the entire jury that this documentary stands out above the others in all categories.

Talk Louder is a timely, universal message in today’s world.  The examples being given are Jewish references to the Holocaust but this impressive documentary is a message to the world that current events are repeating history.  Will hatred and bigotry be repeated?  Will ignoring today’s issues make the event or references go away?  The driving message of this beautiful, educational documentary is for everyone to appreciate our differences:  Cultural, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and politics.  Along with this appreciation, we must not be silent.  We must not allow history to repeat itself.  We must speak up and TALK LOUDER so that we may create a positive message for the future.  This is one of those films that you must not miss.

 

Best Documentary
Paddling for Life
Director: Judy Herbstein

This film by Judy Herbstein delivers a message of determination, motivation, and strength on the part of female breast cancer survivors.  This message is emphasized by the words of a young boy to his mother.  “Mom, you are strong.  You will overcome this.”  The director successfully gives the viewing audience a range of emotions.  Everyone is touched by health issues whether it is themselves, a family member or friend.  This documentary showcases a rowing club, The Pink Lionesses, as the analogy of the physical strength of women to move their psychological strength forward.  As the viewing audience watches the film festival’s #1 documentary film winner, ask yourself if you personally have the physical and emotional strength of these women.  The training which these impressive women endure to help conquer their health issues is beyond comprehension.  One of the survivors said, “When I’m rowing, that’s all I’m thinking about at the moment.”


The festival’s #1 Documentary film – Paddling for Life.  Can you measure up to the standards set by these courageous women?

 

Jody Savin | 2022 JFJSFF Jury Member

Best Animation
The Long-Lost Cheider Book
Director: Nina Frederikke Grünfeld

The Long-Lost Cheider Book beautifully weaves animation and live action to tell a very moving true story.  Superbly crafted, form and content support each other seamlessly, transcending their very mechanics.  In this miracle of a film, animation and live action are even married within the frame itself.  Indeed, the body parts of the characters are visually disconnected and connected in a brilliant and visual metaphor that communicates the leaps of faith we all have to take to achieve human connectedness both interpersonally and individually.

Best Comedy
Minyan Duty
Director: Ivan Kander

Comedy is often underappreciated when it comes to awards and festivals, so I am delighted that the Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival has a dedicated category.  Comedy is hard to do well and Minyan Duty does it magnificently.  Moving, anxiety-making, and consistently hilarious, this film delivers on its promise.  The premise of the film itself is smart and provides a uniquely rich situation which the talent both in front of the camera and behind the camera mine for comedy as well as drama.  Minyan Duty manages it all with a whole lotta heart.

Barry Bloom | 2022 JFJSFF Jury Member

Best Narrative | Best Director
No Limits
Director: Uriya Kapach

No Limits uses the landscape as a character to enhance the understanding of how centuries of hatred, mistrust and dividing lines gave way to the preservation of one life. Based on a true story of a young child who was taken from Jewish territory to a Palestinian village during a carjacking, is riveting. The Director’s skill and techniques made me feel the divisions that exist between Jews and Palestinians. The actors’ performances were superb as was the use of a Palestinian village. No Limits is worthy to win Best Narrative film as well as Best Director.