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The International Film Lab

About the Lab

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab‘s goal is to cultivate tomorrow’s filmmakers to produce quality full-length feature films to stand at the vanguard of international cinema, while positioning and bolstering Israel’s contribution to the international cinema realm.

Each year, for a period of seven months, The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab, assisted by world-class script editors, accompanies 12 directors (writing directors, or alternatively, directors who work with a scriptwriting partner) in creating their first or second full-length film. The mentoring process of writing and discussion takes place in Jerusalem, within both individual and group formats, in addition to on-line Internet contact throughout the entire period of writing.

The, 12 promising young filmmakers are accepted to the Lab. The selected participants arrive in Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Shaananim for two periods of writing and discussion: the first for 8 days, and the second for a 5. During their stay, they meet with four of the world’s leading script editors, who share their professional insight and skills in helping the young writers realize the top potential of their story-line and script. Moreover, the participants receive feedback from their own colleagues. During the period between the scheduled Jerusalem-based Film Lab activities, the writers continue their scriptwriting endeavors, remaining in ongoing internet contact with their script editors, as well as advancing in the film production process upon the entry of a producer.

During the third stage, only those participants (no less than eight) whose films have been chosen by the Lab to be those most fit for production arrive in Jerusalem, in order to present their scripts before the Lab’s panel of international judges, within the framework of the Jerusalem Film Festival .The panel of judges select two exemplary projects, which are awarded production grants to enable production of the scripts. The two awards totaling $80,000 are generously donated by the BERACHA Foundation.

The selected participants and their upcoming films attract international attention amongst producers, international and Israeli film funds, co-production market representatives, pitching points, and leading international festivals.

The annual budget of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab is approximately $400,000.

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