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Film and Television Industry Cooperation Understanding Announced between Abu Dhabi and Israel



Film and Television Industry Cooperation Understanding Announced between Abu Dhabi and Israel

  •         Historic Overarching agreement will foster intercultural cooperation between Abu Dhabi Film Commission and Israel Film Fund, with a special focus on promoting tolerance through the medium of film and television production


  •         Agreement will establish several training and development programs for Emirati and Israeli filmmakers in partnership with the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film & Television School TV


  •         Plans for a regional film festival to showcase Emirati and Israeli productions and co-productions also announced

Abu Dhabi, September 21, 2020 - The Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC), the Israel Film Fund (IFF) and the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film &Television School (JSFS) have reached an overarching agreement centered around goodwill and bilateral cooperation in the fields of film and television.

Under the new agreement, the film commissions will create an intercultural cooperation, creating content with the goal of promoting tolerance, education and developing a deeper cultural understanding between the Emirati and Israeli people.

The agreement follows the official signing ceremony at the White House for the agreement brokered by the U.S., in which Israel established formal ties with two Arab states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.


HE Mohamed Al Mubarak, Chairman of twofour54 and Image Nation Abu Dhabi: "This agreement strengthens cultural ties between our creative industries as well as supports the development of Abu Dhabi's film and TV sector through the creation of new opportunities for collaboration that will lead to the development of more quality content underpinned by the UAE's values of acceptance and respect."


Mr. Hans Fraikin, the Abu Dhabi Film Commissioner, continued "We are delighted with this historic cooperation agreement with the Israel Film Fund and the Sam Spiegel Film School. This new partnership between the UAE and Israel will be extremely beneficial for our burgeoning Emirati film and television community by allowing our talented content creators to broaden their landscapes and develop skills from diverse expertise."

Mrs. Lisa Shiloach-Uzrad, Executive Director of IFF stated "The art of film is a universal language which can serve as a bridge between cultures and people. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for collaboration through which we can learn, create and become closer to our neighbors in the Middle East. I am sure we will find many ways to work together on a creative and professional level to the great benefit of both sides. "

The partners have agreed on an agenda consisting of four key initiatives, centered on bilateral workshops, training, education, the International Film Lab and a regional film festival.

Training programs will be developed for filmmakers from both countries to participate in intensive script co-development workshops over a period of several months, with the aim of developing and producing Abu Dhabi-Israel film and television co-productions.

In partnership with the globally recognized Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film &Television School, Emirati students will be selected to study in one of three educational tracks in its acclaimed Jerusalem campus.

Ms. Dana Blankstein Cohen, Executive Director of JSFS added "We are excited by this historic cooperation between our countries and believe in the power of film and television education to promote creative exchange between our future generations of cultural innovators."

In addition to training and development programs, Emirati filmmakers will have representation at the International Film Lab for the first time ever, with one UAE director invited to participate as a jury at the upcoming 2021 edition of the high-profile annual Film Lab competition.

The agreement also specified plans for a regional film festival, which will rotate annually between Abu Dhabi and Israel and will showcase Emirati and Israeli productions and co-productions.

Future objectives of the partnership will be announced soon and will include a bilateral film co-production agreement to facilitate and encourage co-productions between the film industries of Abu Dhabi and Israel.






About the ADFC: The Abu Dhabi Film Commission is a government agency formed to support the development of Abu Dhabi's film and TV industry. Its mission is to promote the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a production destination and to generate economic benefits for the region and increased job opportunity for its residences.

Contact: Hans Fraikin, Film & Television Commissioner. info@film.gov.ae


About the IFF:

The Israel Film Fund was established in 1979 with the aim of supporting Israeli filmmakers, and to facilitate the production of full length Israeli Feature Films produced by Israeli Production Companies, as well as supporting their marketing and distribution in Israel and Worldwide. Over the years, the IFF has stood behind hundreds of feature films, many of which have gained critical acclaim and success with audiences worldwide.

Contact: Lisa Shiloach-Uzrad, Executive Director. info@filmfund.org.il


About the JSFS: The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School has been listed on the Hollywood Reporter's list of 15 best film schools outside of the US for four years in a row. Founded in 1989, the JSFS is Israel's leading film school which has won many international prizes, and its graduates make up the prominent majority of the booming Israeli film industry.

Contact: Dana Blankstein Cohen, Executive Director. main@jsfs.co.il



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