Winners of the 7th MJFF announced

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Winners of the 7th MJFF announced

Jury members announced the 2021 Festival award winners.

The 7th Moscow Jewish Film Festival concluded in Moscow. At the Closing ceremony at the Oktyabr cinema, the Jury announced winners across seven categories.

  • Best Film: Sign Painter, dir. Viesturs Kairiss (Latvia, Czech Republic, Lithuania)
  • Jury Prize: Thou Shalt Not Hate, dir. Mauro Mancini (Italy)
  • Best Narrative Short Film: Her Dance, dir. Bar Cohen (Israel)
  • Best Documentary Feature Film: Love It Was Not, dir. Maya Sarfaty (Israel)
  • Best Documentary Short Film: 263 Nights, dir. Irina Tarasova (Belarus, Israel, Russia)
  • Special Community Award of the 7th MJFF to the Most Cinematically Active Jewish Community of Europe: 1618, dir. Luis Ismael (Portugal)
  • Special prize for the Film with the Biggest Educational Potential of the 7th MJFF by the Genesis Philanthropy Group: The Windermere Children, dir. Michael Samuels (UK, Germany)

Vadim Perelman, Head of the Jury of the 7th MJFF:

I am very grateful to the Festival for the invitation, for the honour of heading the Jury and work with incredible Jury members. I would say that there were three or four terrific films, among which it was difficult to choose the best one — but in the end, our opinions coincided. Sign Painter is an epic film, but at the same time, it is finely made and speaks to one’s feelings. It is a phenomenal work.

Love and Stuff, directed by Judith Helfand (USA) and The Love and Death of Yosef and Zilli, directed by Dean Gold (Canada), received the Special Documentary Jury Mention.