24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival | May 4-14, 2017

2016 Filmmaker Awards



This award is presented in memory of gifted Toronto filmmaker David A. Stein, who passed away in 2004 at age 34. The "Tzimmie" named after his production company, Tzimmes Entertainment is an annual $5,000 award given to the Director of the Best Documentary making its Canadian Premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. This award supports documentary filmmakers in creating works that would have interested David, and that carry on his passion for storytelling.


Sol Goldberg is a faculty member in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. He loves to watch movies with his beautiful wife and adorable daughter, during which he has been known to fantasize that Wes Anderson will one day make a movie about his life starring Alan Arkin.

Filmmaker Naomi Jaye has a flair for cinematic scale, unconventional storytelling and striking visual execution. Her debut feature film The Pin is Canada's only Yiddish language narrative film. The New York Times declared "It is almost bewildering to think what this first-time feature director could build with a larger budget."Alumnae of the TIFF Talent Lab, Berlin Talents, and the Torino Labs, Naomi is currently adapting Martha Baillie's novel The Incident Report into an interactive installation narrative film.

Ron Levi is Deputy Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and holds the George Ignatieff Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, where he is an Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology. He is an expert on how we respond to crime and violence in a global context. In 2014, he was awarded the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.

2016 David A. Stein Memorial Award Winner

Arabic Movie

Previous winning films:
2015    Shoah, The Forgotten Souls of History
2014    Farewell Herr Schwarz
2013    Altina
2012    The Flat
2011    Ingelore
2010    Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust
            The Lone Samaritan
2009    My First War
2008    Stealing Klimt



The Micki Moore Award is a $5,000 prize presented to the Best Narrative Feature Film directed by a woman. “I think film is the highest form of art, combining so many disciplines; words, music, pictures, sets, costumes, continuity. A great director needs to be master of all, working to bring out the best in her cast and crew. With this award, I want to acknowledge that creativity, talent and tenacity. I hope this grant will help open one more door, remove one more obstacle, so that the winner of the Micki Moore Award can flourish and continue on her cinematic journey”. (Micki Moore)


Marsha Chesley, a casting director for over 35 years, is the 2009 winner of the Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Casting. Marsha has led credit courses for producers, directors, and actors at colleges and universities. Her book You Got the Part is a constant best seller. In 2014 she cast The Pin, Canada's only Yiddish feature film. Marsha is co-chair of The Casting Directors Society of Canada, and sits on the Professional Advisory Committee for George Brown Theatre School.

Johanna Schneller is one of North America's leading freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features. Her cover stories have appeared in major magazines, including In Style, Vanity Fair and GQ. She writes a film column, Fame game, in the Globe and Mail.

Mark Selby is a broadcast, digital media, and live event producer who most recently helped bring to Canadian TV screens another edition of the popular Air Farce New Year's Eve, CBC's highest-rated TV special of last year. He is involved with both the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs, and was a producer/programmer for the Canadian International Television Festival.

2016 Micki Moore Award Winner

Papa was not a Rolling Stone

Previous winning films:
2015    Once in a Lifetime
2014    For a Woman


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