Goldblatt/Pinto Young Filmmaker Grant

ANNOUNCING
Austin Jewish Film Festival’s
Goldblatt/Pinto Young Filmmaker Grant

David and Cindy Thirteen years ago, Dr. David Goldblatt initiated the Austin Jewish Film Festival, presenting five films to the Austin community at the Alamo Drafthouse. The following year, Cindy Pinto joined David as the festival’s co-chair, and their committee screened 15 films at the Arbor Cinema. This marvelous team of Goldblatt and Pinto led the AJFF over the years, selecting and presenting the very best of Jewish-themed films. And now—during AJFF’s Bar Mitzvah year—David serves as Executive Director and Cindy as Director Emerita of a year-round, 15-member committee presenting 31 feature-length films and shorts. The Austin Jewish Film Festival has come a long way in 13 years, and we couldn’t have done it without the direction of David Goldblatt and Cindy Pinto!

To honor these visionary leaders in a lasting and most fitting way, the Austin Jewish Film Festival takes great pride in announcing the establishment of the Goldblatt/Pinto Young Filmmaker Grant! David has long dreamed that someday a young filmmaker who started with our festival would return to Austin as a proud producer or director. And for the past several years, we’ve sponsored a “Make a Film in a Day” (“MAFIA”) project which encourages young film students to create short films under the tutelage of local professionals. Today we are launching a new, ongoing scholarship to help support a young, local Jewish film student’s participation in film production forums such as the prestigious Jerusalem Film Workshop. In order to make this program happen, we need your support. Please help honor David and Cindy by donating to the grant fund so that we can provide a meaningful level of support to a young Austin film maker. Donations will be collected in the lobby throughout the festival and can be made anytime online here by click the button below…