TLVFest Jury 2013

Best Israeli Short Film

Manuela Kay
Journalist, writer, publisher. Born 1964 in West-Berlin, living and working in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Journalist for LGBT-issues since 1986. Chief-editor of queer city magazine Siegessäule 1996 –2005. Chief-editor of lesbian magazine L-MAG since 2003. Initiator and editor of LGBT-travel magazine Queer Travel in 2010. Publisher of the above mentioned magazines plus CEO of Germany’s biggest LGBT- publishing house Special Media SDL in 2012. Focus in her work: film, sexuality, lesbian lifestyle, travel. (Co-) author of the books:
“Out im Kino”, queer film guide
“Schöner Kommen” lesbian sex guide book
“Diese Liebe nehm ich mir” , a guide to better lesbian life
Also made some independent films around sexuality, such as lesbian porn „Airport” 1994. Worked for many years at Berlin International Film Festival and its queer film award Teddy. Is now programmer and co-organizer of the International Porn Film Festival Berlin.
Co-produced short film compilation “Fucking Different XXX” and made the short film “Blümchensex“, a gay boy’s fisting romance
Travels frequently to LGBT-film festivals and gay prides around the world, gives lectures, talks and hosts panels or does film Q&A’s.
Hobbies: motor biking, traveling, going out.
Werner borkes
Werner Borkes is the Festival Director for the Roze Filmdagen, the Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. 12 years ago he started as a
programmer out of love for short films. Today the 11 days festival is one of the cultural highlights of Holland’s capital and was twice nominated as
‘Best Film Festival’. It will celebrate its 17th edition next year. Prior to his festival job, Werner graduated as a drama teacher and afterwards he
worked as a writer and director’s assistant for several popular TV drama series.
Fernando Tielve
The star of “Lose Your Head, had his first leading role at the age of thirteen in Guillermo der Toro’s „The Devil’s Backbone“. In Spain, Tielve is not only known for big international productions like Milos Forman’s „Goya’s Ghosts“, but also for the tv series „Internado“. Tielve played the lead in Alexis Dos Santo’s „Unmade Beds“ and can be seen in the new Spanish film „Seis Puntos Sobre Emma“.

Best International Narrative Feature

Rob Williams
Rob Williams is an award-winning filmmaker, and co-owner of Guest House Films. With an impressive six movies under his belt (Long-Term Relationship, Back Soon, 3-Day Weekend, Make The Yuletide Gay, Role/Play and The Men Next Door), Rob is one of the most prolific professionals within the gay film industry. In 2012, Rob was honored with the “PRIDE In Cinema Award” from the QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Awards, and was named the “Filmmaker In Focus” at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Along with partner Rodney Johnson, Rob was named to Instinct Magazine’s “Leading Men of 2008” for their contributions to gay cinema. He is currently developing his next feature film and acquiring short films for the series of gay themed short-film collections distributed by Guest House Films. In addition, Williams and Johnson are overseeing the programming at Guest House Theaters at Krave Massive in Las Vegas, which opens in June 2013 and will be the only dedicated LGBT movie theater in the United States.
Moran Rosenblatt
26 years old. Graduate of “The Way” School of Acting and the Ruth Deiches Studio for On Camera Acting; Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival for her role in “Lipstikka” (“Berlinale” 2011), and nominated to the Israeli academy awards for Best Supporting Actress category.
Alon Rosenblum
Has been working in film for the last 30 years. starting his career as an assitant cameraman he went on to screenwriting and then producing, teaching and being a film critic. He has been the chief editor of SERET Israel`s biggest independant movie site for over a decade. since 2008 he is the program manager of THE HOLON CINEMATHEQUE.

Best International Documentary Feature

Ibtisam Mara’ana
For the past 10 years Ibtisam has been creating documentary cinema that advances women and speaks to the relationships of women within Palestinian-Arab society in Israel. Among her award winning films are Lady Kul el Arab,IDFA Silver Wolf Competition, The Netherlands, 2008, Special Jury Award; Three Times Divorced, Best Documentary – DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2007. Badal, HOT DOCS 2006, Best mid-length documentary.
Claus Matthes
Since the early 2000s Claus Matthes is working – first as production assistant, later as production manager and producer – on several movies for directors such as Jürgen Brüning, Bruce LaBruce, Todd Verow, Jörn Hartmann, Maria Beatty or Cheryl Dunye. Since the very first Porn Film Festival Berlin in 2006 he is part of the organization and programming team.
Alexandra Carastoian
Has graduated Cinematography at the University of Theatre Arts and Film, Bucharest in 2012. She is a photographer, likes to meet new people and visit large cities and she is in the present focused on directing documentaries. She is now working on a documentary on the transgender issues. Alexandra has been an LGBT activist for a few years now by organising events in Bucharest, one of the main ones being the LGBT History Month Festival. Also has represented the Accept Association which deals with LGBT issues in Romania by participating at difference conferences around the world.

Best International Short Film

Orr Sigoli
Film critic for the website “Achbar Ha-ir” and a regular contributor to the cinema blog “Srita”. A graduate of Sam Spiegel Film School, he has written and directed two short films: “A Bed for Sleeping” (TLVFest, Mexico and France) and “Keep Breathing” (TLVFest, Sao Paolo and London). Currently, he is working on a feature.
Aya Shwed
Multidisciplinary artist, musician and performer, who creates and cooperates in social art projects and directs documentaries and short videos. Recently, she released her first album “This Silence”, with was produced by Korin Elal. Aya also directed the films “Please Love” and “Home is You”, and launches the website “” together with her partner Yael Shwed.
Ben Hakim
A young director, soon to receive his B.F.A. in film from Tel Aviv University.
His film “The Elevator” was awarded first prize in the Italian MIFF, best short in the NY Short Film Festival, Audience Choice Awrad at Hamburg, Pink Peach Award at Atlanta and special mention at the Haifa Film Festival.
His latest film, “Dr. Sharon”, starring Limor Goldstein, opened the short film program at the 2012 Haifa Film Festival. Currently he edits the film website “” and is shooting a new film about the LGBT community.