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 raison 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 graduate films, whose quality and professionalism improve from year to year express of the tremendous energy and dynamic creative power at Sapir College. The Films expose a broad and rich range of experiences, voices and words that express the lives of our students, society and the complexity of our lives and spirit of our time. Like the themes, the forms and genres are extremely varied: animation, documentary, short feature films and television pilots. Our consistent encouragement of cooperation between our various creative tracks is apparent in some of the graduate films which are clearly the product of such collaborations. Graduates of the sound track program write music and design soundtracks for films, television and animation, students in the script and production tracks work together and sometimes there are collaborations among animation, film and television students.
Despite the richness and unique variety of each creator there is common ground that expresses the spirit of the department: the films are human, personal, observant and searching. The students connect to themselves, to their personal truths, to their personalities and worlds. They are part of a family, a community and the wider circle of Israeli society and their films are a reflection of their afflictions and hopes. These are expressed in their work through the use of a personal cinematic perspective relevant for the subject, as an alternative to the dominant “mainstream” without compromising on professionalism and the drive for perfection.

Because we are located in the periphery, in the desert, a heterogeneous population of students and teachers from varied cultural backgrounds, a lively dialogue between teachers and students is possible and creates the special atmosphere of the Film and Television Department that is expressed in the films screened at the festival.

Prof. Aner Preminger, Head of Film Track
The Department of Sound and Screen
Academic College, Sapir

Moving

As I Go

Roni's brother died during the army service and her mother is in a deepening depression. Roni draws and her drawings come alive out of the pages. Seeing her mother's sorrow Roni decides that through...

Hannael

Hannael

Hannael, a young settler with a mischievous smile and a golden forelock, is banished from the Jewish settlement, in which He lived his whole life, for performing an unforgivable act. With his...

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Haunted

Aya is afraid of the dentist since he hurts her in ways she didn't know could cause pain and in places that aren't supposed to hurt. Possessed by violent visions of rage, Aya understands that she...

Between

In Between

In the first days of winter, Omer finds herself in between... She wanders from her mothers home, where she has to protect her from loneliness. To her boyfriends apartment where she can choose a life...

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Intertwine

This is the story of two close friends of different spheres, who live their lives almost entirely without words. The flow of life draws them into an infinite dance in the new reality they create with...

Oy anat

Oh Anati

At 25 of age Anat’s parents informed her they are getting divorced. If she had a boyfriend she would cry on his shoulder but she doesn’t so she’s trying to find one. The men don’t play along....

Samsara

Samsara

Samsara in Sanskrit means constant movement. The term refers to the cycle of death and rebirth in Hinduism. passing through the revolving doors of life and death. Before us, two souls, trapped...

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Sashka

Sashka is a 13 year-old-boy from Sderot. His family emigrated from Russia and though they struggled to adjust, Sashka's unique perception of reality kept him going. But at some point the ground...

shoshana

Shoshana

Aliza is not a happy person. She is paralyzed by fear and locks herself in her apartment, from which she won't come out. Aliza is not a loving person. She lost her family long time ago. Friends she...

Signs

Signs

Yaffa, a woman in her fifties, feels one day that something is happening inside her stomach. This revelation shocks her peaceful life and confronts her with what is and isn't, with reality and...

shorahim

Uprooted

Yehuda and Moti are a father and son who run a business of discreet rooms to let, on a family farm in a village. The unique business affects not only them but also the rest of the family, while the...