Robinson International Short Film Competition


Celebrate short filmmaking from around the globe as we recognize the best films and winning filmmakers of the 2018 Robinson Competition.

The event includes screenings of five short films, an awards ceremony where three filmmakers receive $18,000 in cash prizes, and a catered reception.

Robinson Gala
May 22 | 7:30 pm
SouthSide Works Cinema

2018 Finalists


116 Cameras

Director: Davina Pardo

A Holocaust survivor preserves her story interactively so that she will be able to tell it forever.

The Driver is Red

Director: Randall Christopher

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

Large Soldier

Director: Noa Gusakov

It’s 1973, war time in Israel, and all that 15-year-old Sherry wants is a boyfriend. A letter exchange with an unknown soldier makes her believe that he’s going to be her first love. But what will happen when the imaginary soldier becomes real?

Life Will Smile

Director: Drey Kleanthous

Narrated by Haim Konstantini, this documentary relays not only his story of the dramatic events during WWII, but also the story of every one of the 275 Jews that evaded the Nazis on the island of Zakynthos.

Wendy’s Shabbat

Director: Rachel Myers

This short documentary follows a group of Jewish senior citizens who celebrate their weekly Shabbat at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant, with Hebrew blessings over burgers and fries. This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community again in older age, and in the longing for ritual, however unorthodox it may appear.


The Robinson International Short Film Competition celebrates the greatest in Jewish-themed short filmmaking from around the globe, including narrative, documentary, and animated films. Each year the competition awards $18,000 in cash prizes to three filmmakers, who are honored at a ceremony in Pittsburgh.

Honoring the memory of Sanford N. Robinson, Sr.