Daily Israel Report

Israeli Filmmaker Wins Silver in Student Oscar Competition

Tel Aviv University student's film on choices between family, career wins prestigious prize from the organization behind Academy Awards.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 6/8/2014, 9:58 AM

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A young Israeli filmmaker won the second-best foreign movie student Academy Award on Saturday, at a film-school version of the Oscars, according to AFP

Student directors from British, German and US institutes were also among winners as organizers announced medal placements at the 41st Student Academy Awards show.

Hadas Ayalon of Tel Aviv University took silver for "Paris on the Water," a 27-minute narrative film which tells the story of Batya, played by Miriam Zohar. The story follows a has-been in the acting world who, after years of frustration, must decide between a long-awaited opportunity to return to the big screen and her husband (Ilan Dar).

According to Israel Hayom, the film is set to premiere at the Tel Aviv University student film festival in June. 

Other winners included Lennart Ruff, of Munich's University of Television and Film, who won gold in the foreign movie section for "Nocebo," about a man who escapes a drug study when he discovers a fellow participant has died; and Peter Baumann, a German filmmaker studying at Britain's Northern Film School, who took bronze for "Border Patrol."

The awards were presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizers the Oscars, the climax to Hollywood's annual awards season. The Academy launched the student awards in 1972 to "encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level."

Past winners have gone on to secure 46 Oscar nominations and win or share eight Academy Awards. They include big names such as John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.