Pini Tavger, graduate of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Won the Sixth Edition of Sam Spiegel Film Lab 2017 with ‘Pinhas’ receiving a production grant worth $50,000.

The second prize was won by Maya Dreyfus, another graduate of the Steve Tisch Film & Television School with her project “Highway 65".
13 August 2017
Pini Tavger, graduate of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Won the Sixth Edition of Sam Spiegel Film Lab 2017 with ‘Pinhas’ receiving a production grant worth $50,000.
Pini Tavger, graduate of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Won the Sixth Edition of Sam Spiegel Film Lab 2017 with ‘Pinhas’ receiving a production grant worth $50,000. Photo credit: Yossi Zviker, Sam Spiegel School

Pini Tavger, graduate of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Won the Sixth Edition of Sam Spiegel Film Lab 2017 with ‘Pinhas’ receiving a production grant worth $50,000.

The second prize was won by Maya Dreyfus, another graduate of the Steve Tisch Film & Television School with her project “Highway 65".

Pini Tavger’s “Pinhas,” a film project exploring the Jewish identity through the eyes of a 12-year old boy, won the top prize at the sixth edition of Sam Spiegel International Film Lab, a program running alongside Jerusalem Film Festival.

The project centers on a young boy, Pinhas, and his hard-working, heretic mother who are new immigrants from Russia living in Israel. The story revolves around Pinhas’s relationship with a religious man who helps him find a sense of belonging and initiate him to Judaism against his mother’s will.

From the Jury's arguments:  “A fascinating sensitive and conflictual script based on semi-autobiographic hardships beautifully presented through a scene for the upcoming film; and an emotional presentation that touched the audience."

The second prize for $ 10,000 was given to Maya Dreyfus. Maya Dreyfus's psychic thriller “Highway 65" follows the disappearance of a young woman in the midst of a hot summer in Afula. No one from her family is looking for her and only a police investigator does not let the matter go. The script won a development grant on behalf of "Women in the Picture" for 60,000 NIS in 2016.

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