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"The Principle of Grace" and "Be Happy Tonight" won the first prizes at NYC Shorts festival

Two of the school's graduation films won the first prizes at the prestigious NYC SHORTS film festival that took place this month in New York.


The Principle of Grace, Maya Kessel's graduation film, won the Best of Fest award at the NYC Shorts festival. It previously won the Best Student Film award at the Haifa International Film Festival and the Critics Forum award at the Tel Aviv Internation Student Film Festival. It was screened at the Adana International Mediterranean Film Festival, Early Bird International Student Film Festival, Cinemaiubit Short Film Festival and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.



Rita, a nurse for the Social Welfare Department, is accompanied by Mali, a student, as she makes her house calls. Rita explains to Mali that it is important to be tough and unsentimental with each client, no matter how heartrending their situation may be. But at the end of the day, in an act of uncharacteristic kindness, Rita decides to revisit one of her patients.


Be Happy Tonight, Leah Tonic's graduation film, won the Best Foreign Language Short award. It was previously screened at the the International Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE and the Cinemaiubit Short Film Festival.



Shuli and Moti are a young Orthodox couple with three children. On a night out together, they travel to the other side of town and decide to change their identities. They want to feel the freedom and temptations that night life has to offer. They slowly start to do things previously forbidden to them. Exposed and confused, they will have to deal with the consequences.


In 2014 TormusSari Bisharat's graduation film, won the Best Student Film award at the festival.


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