Ophir Award

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Ophir Award
Tzachi Halevy and Yuval Scharf (right) hosting the 2019 Ophir Awards
Awarded forBest in film
Presented byIsraeli Academy of Film and Television
First awarded1990; 34 years ago (1990)

The Ophir Awards (Hebrew: פרס אופיר), colloquially known as the Israeli Oscars or the Israeli Academy Awards, are film awards for excellence in the Israeli film industry awarded by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television. The award, named after Israeli actor Shaike Ophir, has been granted since 1990.


The first Israeli Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1982 with the first award being presented to director Shimon Dotan for the film Repeat Dive, and since 1990 has been held annually at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

The highest number of Ophir Awards won by a single film is 11, achieved only by Nina's Tragedies. Assi Dayan won the award 8 times and is the only person to have won as a director, as a screenwriter and also as an actor.

The winner of the Best Film award usually becomes Israel's submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film,[1] although exceptions include Aviva My Love (which was rejected in favor of the film it tied with, Sweet Mud) and The Band's Visit, which was disqualified for having more than 50% of its dialogue in English. Israel submitted the runner-up for that year—Beaufort—instead. The latter film was eventually nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

The statuette awarded to prize winners was designed by the Israeli sculptor Richard Shiloh, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2011.[2]

List of winners[edit]

Awards ceremonies[edit]

This is a list of Ophir Award ceremonies.


Ceremony Date Time Best Picture Winner Length of Ceremony Number of Viewers Rating Host(s) Venue Broadcast Partner(s)
1984 Beyond the Walls
1985 When Night Falls
1986 Avanti Popolo
1987 I Don't Give a Damn
1988 Aviya's Summer
1989 One of Us
1st Ophir Awards [he] 1990 The Lookout
2nd Ophir Awards 1991 Beyond the Sea
3rd Ophir Awards 1992 Life According to Agfa
4th Ophir Awards 1993 Revenge of Itzik Finkelstein
5th Ophir Awards 1994 Sh'Chur
6th Ophir Awards 1995 Lovesick on Nana Street
7th Ophir Awards 1996 Saint Clara
8th Ophir Awards 1997 Pick a Card
9th Ophir Awards 1998 Circus Palestine
10th Ophir Awards 1999 Yana's Friends
11th Ophir Awards 2000 Time of Favor Aki Avni
12th Ophir Awards 2001 Late Marriage Yael Abecassis
13th Ophir Awards 2002 Broken Wings Avi Kushnir
14th Ophir Awards September 24, 2003 Nina's Tragedies

Since 2003 the ceremony split into two ceremonies: a separate ceremony for television and a separate ceremony for films.
This was also the first ceremony which been held in late September instead of October, due to the US Academy Awards brought forward from March to February.

Since 2004, the award name changed from "Israeli Oscar" to "Ophir Award," named after actor Shaike Ophir.[6]

15th Ophir Awards September 27, 2004 8:45 p.m. Campfire Avi Kushnir Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center Channel 2
16th Ophir Awards September 20, 2005 What a Wonderful Place Moni Moshonov HOT3
17th Ophir Awards September 14, 2006 8:00 p.m. Aviva, My Love and Sweet Mud (tie) 2 hours, 38 minutes Shlomo Bar-Aba, Moni Moshonov
18th Ophir Awards September 20, 2007 The Band's Visit 1 hour, 41 minutes Tal Friedman, Moni Moshonov Channel 2
(Not Live)
19th Ophir Awards September 23, 2008 Waltz with Bashir Shai Goldstein, Dror Refael Channel 10
20th Ophir Awards September 26, 2009 Ajami Avi Kushnir, Moni Moshonov Haifa Auditorium Channel 2
21st Ophir Awards [he] September 21, 2010 9:30 p.m. The Human Resources Manager Aki Avni Jerusalem Theatre Channel 1
22nd Ophir Awards  [he] September 22, 2011 8:45 p.m. Footnote 2 hour, 12 minutes Moni Moshonov Krieger Center for Performing Arts Channel 2
90 minutes were broadcast live.
23rd Ophir Awards [he] September 21, 2012 1:00 p.m. Fill the Void Shlomo Bar-Aba Channel 2
Air an edited version in 10:00 p.m.
24th Ophir Awards  [he] September 28, 2013 9:00 p.m. Bethlehem Yaron Brovinsky Haifa Theatre Channel 10
25th Ophir Awards [he] September 21, 2014 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Moni Moshonov Ashdod Performing Arts Center
26th Ophir Awards  [he] September 21, 2015 Baba Joon Tal Friedman
27th Ophir Awards  [he] September 22, 2016 Sand Storm Guri Alfi Channel 24
28th Ophir Awards  [he] September 19, 2017 Foxtrot Ilan Peled Channel 10
29th Ophir Awards  [he] September 6, 2018 The Cakemaker Ilan Peled Channel 13
30th Ophir Awards  [he] September 22, 2019 Incitement Tzachi Halevy, Yuval Scharf Kan 11
31st Ophir Awards  [he] November 13, 2020 Asia Kobi Meaden
32nd Ophir Awards  [he] October 5, 2021 9:15 p.m. Let There Be Morning Alma Zack, Shai Avivi
33rd Ophir Awards[7] September 18, 2022 11:00 p.m. TBC Cinema Sabaya

Ceremony hosts[edit]

The following have hosted (or co-hosted) the Academy Awards ceremony on two or more occasions.

Host Number of Ceremonies
Moni Moshonov 5
Avi Kushnir 2
Shlomo Bar-Aba 2
Tal Friedman 2
Ilan Peled 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'Zero Motivation' gets 12 Ophir nods". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ Tragedy: Artist Richard Shiloh dies in road accident
  3. ^ Steinberg, Jessica. "Anne Frank, Arab-Jewish relations, karaoke in focus at upcoming Israeli film awards". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  4. ^ "Seven Blessings wins big at the Ophir Awards". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  5. ^ "טקס "האוסקר הישראלי" יוקדם לספטמבר" [Israeli Oscars ceremony will be brought forward to September]. Ynet (in Hebrew). 14 January 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  6. ^ "הוכרזו המועמדים לאוסקר הישראלי" [The nominees for Israeli Oscars announced]. Ynet (in Hebrew). 23 August 2004. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  7. ^ Steinberg, Jessica. "Anne Frank, Arab-Jewish relations, karaoke in focus at upcoming Israeli film awards". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2022-08-11.

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