Israeli movie wins film festival award

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The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and the independent-movie distribution company Film Movement have come together to create the SFJFF Film Movement Award, which honors achievement in short films on Jewish themes. Shorts of all genres are eligible, from live action and documentary to animation.

The first SFJFF Film Movement Award winner, “Summer Vacation,” a 22-minute family drama from Israeli director Tal Granit, was announced July 31 from the stage of the Castro Theatre. The film will receive the option of a nonexclusive distribution deal with Film Movement and release on DVD.

Film Movement has released more than 250 films from 50 countries, including winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other film festivals. The company also has acquired multiple titles each year from Israel and the Jewish diaspora.