The competition has been established by the Australian Israeli Cultural Exchange to celebrate contemporary Israeli cinema. 

The winner of the competition will be awarded the sum of $A25,000 for a film or documentary which best encapsulates the spirit of Israel as a vibrant and active democracy and as a diverse nation. 

Eligibility: Productions must have been produced less than 18 months ago (from Jan 1 2016).

Productions presented must be an Australian premiere.

They must be over 70 minutes in length for features or 55 minutes in length for documentaries.

The producer of the film submitted should be an Israeli Citizen. Co productions between Israel and other countries can be submitted. The competition reserves the right to solicit entries.


WINNER ANNOUNCED - September 29, 2016


"It is great honor for us and we want to thank the jury members of AICE film festival. It was an amazing year for the Israeli cinema, both fiction and documentary, and getting this prize is really a great compliment as there were such strong beautiful films in the competition. Thank you, thank you, thank you"

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Jan Epstein is a film journalist and educator. She has been writing and broadcasting about film since 1988and has been a contributor to many books, magazines and newspapers including The Age, The Australian, Cinema Papers and The Australian Jewish News. Jan ran courses on film at the Jewish Museum of Australia for many years, and continues to write on film for the Australian Catholic Film Office, the online subscription magazine Echoing the Word, and The Australian Jewish News.


Dr Dvir Abramovich is the Israel Kipen Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at The University of Melbourne. The author and editor of four books, he has taught a course on Israeli cinema and was editor of the Australian Journal of Jewish studies. 


Richard Moore has extensive experience in the film industry as a festival artistic director (MIFF, BIFF); as a film curator for several cultural organisations – including Melbourne Arts Festival, Sydney Film festival, and businesses, most recently Palace Films, where he founded the new Hot Docs festival this year. He also has a background in TV as a former Head of ABC TV ARTS and as an Executive producer and director of documentary films. 


Howard Rosenman is a prolific producer of film and television, best known for the remake of FATHER OF THE BRIDE starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, the cult phenomenon BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and THE FAMILY MAN starring Nicolas Cage. Rosenman’s films have won 2 Peabody Awards, an Academy Award and honors at the Sundance, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. Rosenman made his acting debut in Gus Van Sant’s MILK playing “David Goodstein” (founder of “The Advocate”) opposite the Oscar-winning Sean Penn as “Harvey Milk".