Alef b’Tamuz

In the old Jewish cemetery in the city of Safed, people come from afar to pray on the graves of rabbis from the golden age of Kabbalah in the 16th century, sometimes with hope to find redemption to their life problems.

This animated short is a combination of 2D animation with documentary footage and sound, and is based loosely on real characters.

Festivals so far:

-DC independent Film Festival- Winner- best animation
-Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival – Winner, Best Animation + Honorable Mention by the ‘Critics Forum’
-Black Warrior, Alabama – Winner- best experimental\dance

Official Selection:
-Annecy, France
-Zagreb Animfest, Croatia
-ITFS Stuttgart
-Animayo, Gran Canaria
-VOID, Denmark
-Washington Jewish Film Festival, US
-Supertoon, Croatia
-Athens Animfest, Greace
-International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival, Turkey
-ASIF, Israel
Fide, France
-Haifa Film festival, Israel
-Balkanima, Serbia
-Deptford Cinema Film Festival, United Kingdom
Cortisconi International Film Festival, Italy
-ANNY: Animation Nights New York, United States
-International Film Festival of Larissa, Greece
-CRASH, Brazil
-Chillemonos, Chile
-Anibar, Kosovo
-Doc Sunback, Kansas
-Imaginarium Comic Con Film Festival – Michigan , Indiana
-Swindon Independent Film Festival, UK -Finalist-
Canton Film Festival, US – Finalist
-Festival de Cine Independiente de Sogamoso,Colombia

Written, Directed and Animated by Yael Reisfeld

Produced with the financial aid of Docuvillage Multicultural Center for Documentary Projects (R.S)
Sound Design – Ilan Admon

Yaniv Ben Mashiach – Kabalat Ol Malchut Shamaim
As Above so Below – Severance Prologue
Ido Segal (PUNXLINE) – Trance
Offthesky- Hall Inside Mirrors (
Given Willingly- The virginal concept

Lecture excerpt – Rabbi Ytchak Cohen
Photography – Omer Sehayek, Yael Reisfeld
Additional color and in between- Omer Sharon, Shira Seri Levi
3D elements – Hadas Cohen, Alexander Komendant
Drone Photography – Danni Tzchori, Gal Hochberg

Like The Posts on LesterBanks?

Ensure You continue getting the most relevant tutorials, news, insights, and industry techniques by becoming a patron!