Haifa International Film Festival 2022: Awards

Valeria is Getting Married Director Michal Vinik – center, with Haifa International Film Festival Artistic Director Yaron Shamir, Producers Ayelet Kait and Amir Harel, Pnina Blayer – Festival President

Valeria is Getting Married, by Michal Vinik, won the Best Israeli Feature Award, as well as the award for Best Screenplay, at the 38th Haifa International Film Festival in a ceremony that took place this evening, Saturday, October 15, 2022.

The film, which premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival,  follows two women and their choices in life – Christina, who has been married to an Israeli for several years, and her sister Valeria, who has arrived from the Ukraine to follow in her sisters’ footsteps and meet the Israeli man she is to marry. Taut and precise, the film explores the relationships and characters of its protagonists, with intelligence, sensitivity and humor.

Awards in the Israeli Program:

The Fat Guy – Aviram Avraham producer, Tzaci Sadan, Mey-Ran Menkes, Dafna Danenberg producer, Gudis Schneider, Liat Elkayam

The Fat Guy, by Gudis Schneider, won Best Debut Feature. Tzaci Sadan won the award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jimmy in the film.

Betulim/Photo: Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov

The film Betulim, by Maor Zaguri, won the award for Artistic Achievement in a Feature Film.

Nitza’s Choice/Photo: Ofer Dori

The Tobias Szpancer Award for Best Israeli Documentary Film was awarded to Nitza’s Choice, directed by Uri Barbash. An Honorable Mention was awarded to Bronca! directed by Tomer Slutzky and Shlomo Slutzky.

Best Israeli Independent Short Feature was awarded to Sohela Ghttas for her film Salma.

Sohela Ghttas/Photo: Ziv Amar

Awards in the International Program:

Close/Photo courtesy of PR

Best Film Award in the Carmel International Cinema Competition was awarded to Close, directed by Lukas Dhont.

An Honorable Mention was awarded to The Beasts, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

The Mountain, directed by Thomas Salvador, was awarded Best Film in the Golden Anchor Competition for Best Debut Film.

The Worst Ones, directed by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret, received an Honorable Mention.