Princess Grace Award:
Undergraduate Film Scholarship, Narrative Film, 2006
• 2016 Special Project Award
Writer/Director: Rachel Israel received her BFA with Honors from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA with Honors from Columbia University. Rachel lives in NYC and is an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She was an associate producer on “Violet & Daisy” (2011) starring James Gandolfini and Saoirse Ronan, and has directed numerous short films, which have screened at Festivals such as Slamdance, Rooftop and Florida Film Festivals. Rachel’s most recent short, “Keep the Change”, premiered in 2013 at the Columbia University Film Festival, where it won the Focus Features Best Film award, amongst other prizes. Rachel is currently editing the feature-length version of “Keep the Change”, which has received support from Rooftop Film Festival and the Sundance Institute Feature Film Labs.