TLVFest 2014 Jury

Official Competition – Fiction

Zazie de Paris
A social activist in the LGBT community in Berlin, transgender actress and a singer. She participated in the play “Ghetto” by Joshua Sobol at the Deutsche Schauspielhaus Theater in Hamburg. In 2010 she participated in the film “Kill Me Please”, that won the Jury Prize for Best Film at Rome International Film Festival.

Peter Knegt
A Canadian filmmaker, journalist and film festival programmer at Hotdocs & TIFF. He’s worked with online film magazine Indiewire since 2006, wrote the historical analysis About Canada: Queer Rights in 2011, and in 2014 co-directed and co-wrote his first short film, Good Morning.


Tanner Cohen

An actor, writer, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. He has appeared on TV in HBO’s Looking, and in several films (Were the World Mine, The Life Before Her Eyes, Getting Go). He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, White Girl Problems by Babe Walker, and the upcoming novels, Psychos and Dirty Rush.

Official Competition – Documentary
Goel Pinto
journalist and a tv personality. worked as Ha’aretz cinema correspondent, and presented many other tv shows. Two years ago, his doc film, “one of seven”, was shown in local and international film festivals, including TLVFest.

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Michal Aharonson
A graduate of the Sam Spiegel film and television school, Jerusalem. Director and producer of “Grace” – Winner of the best student film in “Doc Aviv” – International film festival 2012. Winner of the best short Israeli film in TLVFest 2013. Her film was screened and participated in several international film festivals and is broadcast in “YesDocu” Channel on Satellite television. Currently directing a new documentary film supported by NFCT (the new fund for cinema and TV).

Alon Weinstock
Director and producer of documentary movies from Tel Aviv. Few of his movies are: “The looser takes it all” (2003), “The Third Temple” (2006), “Amos and Tehini”(2013), “Thats Gila, Thats Me” (2010) about the life of Gila Goldstein.

Official Competition -Israeli Best Short Competition
Michael Gamilla
is the Programming Director of ImageOut, the Rochester LGBT Film Festival in Upstate New York. His love for movies and desire to serve the LGBT community have fueled his passion to volunteer for the Film Festival for the last twelve years. He has served on the international juries of the Teddy Award in Berlinale and the Toronto LGBT Film Festival.

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Pedro Marum
A film curator of the Queer Focus section in the International Queer Film Festival of Lisbon. Pedro is founder and artistic director of the Rabbit Hole, an artistic platform which main goal is to create a safe space for expression, a multidisciplinary platform where cinema, visual and performing arts and any other artistic form merge together to promote dialogues among the community.

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Lisa Neumann
In 2008 Lisa Neumann co-founded the espressofilm short film festival in Vienna. Apart from her main occupation, she enjoys hosting film talks, giving screenwriting workshops and working as a dramatic adviser.

Official Competition – International Best Short Film
Veronica Nicole Tetelbaum
She is a director, screenwriter and an actress. Studied theater at the “Lee Strasberg” institute in New York, studied cinema and art at “Minshar” institute in Tel Aviv, today working on her final project at the “Sam Spigel” school of cinema in Jerusalem. Her previous short film “Who Are You” participated at the TLVFest, and in some others.

Kerem Blumberg
Director and editor of short films. Her films ‘Toilet’, ‘Natalie’ and ‘In Jerusalem’ screened in the TLVFest and festivals around the world including: Tampere
Film Festival (Finland), Paris Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival and the Israeli Film Festival in Berlin. She is currently working on her final project for Minshar School of Art.

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Ron Fogel
Film critic and lecturer, Member of the Israeli film academy, Artistic director of the Korean film festival in Israel. Specializes in Asian and urban cinema.
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Narrative Pitching

Photo by Danielle Levitt

Kim Yutani
Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
Kim Yutani focuses on US and World Cinema dramatic features for the Sundance Film Festival. She also oversees short film programming for the Festival, and has been a shorts programmer since 2006. In addition to her Sundance work, Kim is the Artistic Director for Outfest Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading events for LGBT cinema. For five years, she was the Director of Programming of Outfest where she oversaw the programs: Outfest Los Angeles, Outfest Fusion, and the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. She was also part of the programming team for RAW CUT Filmfest, a hardcore/punk rock-inspired film festival in Warsaw.
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Jamie Babbit
Jamie Babbit is an outstanding American film director, producer and screenwriter. She directed the iconic film But I’m a Cheerleader and lesbian hits Itty Bitty Titty Committee and Breaking the Girls. She has also directed television shows including the HBO hit series Girls and Looking. Furthermore she directed episodes of Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, United States of Tara, Nip/Tuck, The L Word and many more.
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Ana David
Ana David is co-director and programmer at Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival, the oldest film festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She has a degree in Communication Sciences and has also been working in the production, sponsorship acquisition and communication fields of the Festival. She is currently collaborating with Festival Scope, in Paris, the benchmark B2B online platform presenting films selected by 80 of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.
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Documentary Pitching
Kim Yutani, Peter Knegt (see above)
Shirly Berkovitz – Israeli director (The Good Son, The way up)