Haifa International Film Festival 2010: Awards

Haifa IFF awards

Guy Nattiv's Mabul (The Flood) won the Israeli Feature Film Competition at the International Haifa Film Festival 2010. The prize was awarded at the closing ceremonies held on Thursday, September 30. Mabul was screened at the festival on Wednesday night, and the response of the audience to this moving film was an event in itself. The applause went on and on, and as people slowly left the theatre and stepped out to the cinematheque plaza, you could tell who had just seen Mabul by the look in their eyes.

This year's festival hosted the first Haifa Israeli CineMarket, directed by Ruth Lev Ari and produced by Gitit Wainer. The Geyer Award by CinePostProduction for services in the amoung of 25,000 Euro is awarded to a work in progress. CineMarket Director Ruth Lev Ari with producer Gitit Wainer organized the screening program which took place at the Dan Panorama Hotel and Beit Hecht during the festival and included a showcase of new Israeli cinema in addition to screenings of works in progress. The prize was announced by Stefan Müller, Managing Director CinePostproduction GmbH, who recalled his first visit to Israel when Katriel Schory, Director of the Israel Film Fund showed him around the country, a tour that was the beginning of a working relationship that now includes 30 Israeli films, saying "Thank you for the friendship." The award was granted to It's Never Too Late, written and directed by Ido Fluk and produced by Gal Greenspan Green Productions.

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