Robinson Short Film Competition

Congratulations 2017 Robinson Winners!

Congratulations 2017 Robinson Winners!

Congratulations, Asaph!

2012 Robinson Gold Prize Winner, Asaph Polonsky, awarded a Critics’ Week Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


The Robinson International Short Film Competition celebrates the greatest in Jewish-themed short filmmaking from around the globe. Each year the competition awards over $18,000 in cash prizes for documentary, narrative, and animated shorts, and the winning filmmakers are honored at an awards ceremony in Pittsburgh.

Past Winners     Criteria

Winners of the 2017 Robinson Competition

Gold Prize

The Little Dictator

Director: Nurith Cohn

Yossi Kleinmann is an uncharismatic history professor lecturing on political leaders in totalitarian regimes. Neither his students nor his domineering wife show him any respect. At a Sabbath weekend celebrating the 90th birthday of his wife’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, Yossi suddenly finds himself in an unexpected situation which forces him to confront history, his family and himself.

Silver Prize


Director: Omer Tobi

After 16 years as a thankless museum guard, Iris Kadosh is finally offered a promotion. A careless mistake with a priceless artwork, however, forces her to decide how far she is willing to go to secure her rise up the social ladder.

Silver Prize

Spring Chicken

Director: Tamir Elterman

With Purim coming, Holocaust survivor Anny Junek prepares her newest costume. At 95, with four costume awards under her belt, Anny takes pleasure in creating a new ensemble to debut for her retirement home friends and competitors.