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Independent Feature Films

Rationale behind the independent feature film competition The Cinema South Film Festival has recognized a new and fascinating trend in Israeli cinema: More and more Israeli filmmakers are producing full-length feature films with a minimal production budget. This trend is facilitating creative filmmaking that is free of external limitations. We believe that the trend could have a powerful impact on the Israeli film industry. For that… Read more

Documentary Program

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Forces of change: The New Israeli Cinema

Something quite extraordinary has taken place this year in Israeli cinema. After years of anxious anticipation, when one could detect brief flashes of rebellion and change, Israeli cinema has exploded this year with a critical mass of new vibrant and diverse energies. A group of young, courageous filmmakers have brought to the screen new and different perspectives that place those who are different, exceptional, marginal… Read more

Dover Kosashvili Retrospective

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Mania Akbari

Mania Akbari In her book, Illness As Metaphor, Susan Sontag writes in connection with the cancer from which she suffers: “Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use the good passport, sooner or later each of us… Read more

Gustavo Fontán

A SHOT THAT PlUNGES: ON GUSTAVO FONTAN CINEMA By Roger Koza According to the Royal Spanish Academy and its dictionary, the verb “abismar” has four different definitions: 1) to plunge into an abyss; 2) to be confused, downhearted; 3) to plunge into contemplation and pain; 4) the be surprised or moved by something unexpected or unique. Apart from the second definition, all the others help us to… Read more

Dominga Sotomayor

Dominga Sotomayor was born in Santiago, Chile. After directing a number of short films that were awarded prizes in international film festivals, Sotomayor directed her first full-length feature film, "De jueves a domingo" ("Thursday till Sunday"; 2012), which won a major award (the Tiger Award) at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2012. Her debut as the director of a full-length feature film is about… Read more

Aleksei German

Alexey German (1938-2013) is one of the most courageous and least compromising of directors in the history of Russian film. German established his career in the 70's as a member of a group of important directors working in the famous Lenfilm studios in Leningrad. The Leningrad creators usually enjoyed more freedom than their colleagues who worked in Moscow under the central government's supervision. However German,… Read more
Cinema South Festival Introduction to Graduate Program From its beginning, the Graduate Films Program at Sapir College has been a central feature of Cinema South Festival and its reason d'etre. In our view the Student Film Competition is the backbone of the festival and our students' first step out of the sheltered environment of our college into the real world of filmmaking. The grauduate films, whose quality… Read more
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