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