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The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab, Jerusalem

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab was launched in December 2011 by The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem to foster the development and production of full-length feature films by some of the world’s most promising talents. The Lab is third in the world of its kind after Sundance Lab and Torino Film Lab.

Only 4 years after it opened, 75% of the Lab's developed films were produced, an exceptional achievement. The films premiered at the most prestigious film festivals as Cannes (Academy Award Winner "Son of Saul", "The Kindergarten Teacher", "Run", "Apprentice" and "One Week and a Day"; Berlin ("The Black Frost"); Venice ("Banat"); Sundance ("Imperial Dreams"); Tribeca ("We are Young, We are Strong"), and won numerous significant awards.

Each year, the Lab brings to Jerusalem 12 talented young director-writers who are at the advanced stages of writing their first or second full length feature film under the mentorship of three of the world’s top script editors.

The Lab also works to promote the production feasibility of the projects in a pitching event - an international platform to present the outstanding projects, developed in the Lab, to a select group of producers, sales agents, distributors and other professionals from all over the world (Decision Makers).

The Jury award two winning projects in production grants totaling $70,000.

The Lab is a cooperative venture of the school, The Beracha Foundation, The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, Israel National Lottery Fund, the Sam Spiegel Foundation, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Israel Film Fund and the Israeli Ministry Foreign Affairs.

The Jury:

Chair – Sławomir Idziak Cinematographer, Poland

Charles Tesson Cannes Critics' Week, France

Kirsten Niehuus General Director, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

Katriel Schory Director, Israel Film Fund, Israel

Hengameh Panahi Distributor, Celluloid Dreams, France/ Iran

Eric Lagesse Distributor, Pyramide, France

Roberto Olla Eurimage, Italy

Carole Scotta Producer, Haut et Court, France


Two awards will be granted this year, donated by the Beracha Foundation

First Prize - $50,000 Production Grant

Second Prize - $20,000 Production Grant

In addition, Digital District (France) will award a project with €25,000 in post-production services.

The 11 Selected Projects:


Dolores Gonzalo Tobal /// Rei Cine (Argentine)

Passes by Censor Serhat Karaaslan /// +90 Film Production (Turkey)
The Whole Timers Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung /// Les Films du Tambour (Nepal/ France)

Tomorrow is a Long Time Jow Zhi Wei /// Akanga Film Asia (Singapore)

The Woodcutter's Stroy Mikko Myllylahti //// Aamu Film Company (Finland)


Cinema Sabaya Orit Fouks Rotem /// Green Productions

Decompression Yona Rozenkier /// Kobi Mizrahi Productions

Desert's End Asaf Asulin /// 2-Team Productions

Girl and Child Noam Ellis /// EGG Productions

Life is Anywhere Else Margarita Linton - Balaklav /// 2-Team Productions

Voice of the Sea Shai Caemeli Pollak /// Frescofilms


The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab's 5th Annual Pitching Event

Friday, July 8 (Mishkenot Sha'ananim)

Moderator: Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

10:00-10:20 Greetings

10:20-13:00 Project Presentations – Part 1

13:00-14:00 Lunch


Yoram Honig, Director – The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund

Chair of the Jury- Sławomir Idziak- on shooting a period film in Jerusalem

14:30-16:00- Project Presentations – Part 2

16:00-16:30- Project Presentations – Part 2

*The event is opened to the public and will be in English


Saturday, July 9

10:00-15:00 - Lab participant Speed Dating Session: producers, fund directors, sales agents, distributors (Mishkenot Sha'ananim).

19:00 Lab participant Speed Dating Session: producers, fund directors, sales agents, distributors (Mishkenot Sha'ananim)

 *By invite only

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Jerusalem Cinematheque

11 Hebron Rd.
Jerusalem, 91083
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Tickets  | *9377