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The opening of the feature tribute by JSFS graduates to the pivotal short "Slow Down".
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New and Inspiring Prizes at Graduation this year
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The unique pitching event of the JSFL 2018 - A scene from a film-to-be:
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Nine leading Israeli and international artists took part in the mural project on the School building
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Trailer: Mamushka
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Emotional Premiere for “Red Cow” by Tsivia Yaakov Barkai at the Berlin International Film Festival
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“Vika”, Tsivia Yaakov Barkai’s graduation film
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Who was Sam Spiegel?
November 5th marks the 28th year since the establishment of the School. In 1988, a student protest took place at the film department of the Beit Zvi School of Art in Ramat Gan, then the sole film school supported by the state. Charging that Beit Zvi gave preference to the acting track, the film students demanded independence. The Education and Culture Minister at the time, President Yitzhak Navon established a public inquiry that supported their claims. He then decided to create a new independent, well-funded school for film and television, the first of its kind in Israel.
The mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, and Ruth Cheshin, president of the Jerusalem Foundation, saw a window of opportunity to “bring the ocean to Jerusalem”, in their words. They committed to match government funding. In July 1989, Ruth Cheshin charged film director Renen Schorr with the task of making this new school a reality in four months’ time – and the school opened in November that year.
76% of our graduates work in the industry. Since the establishment of the School, 45 graduates were nominated for the Ophir Award, the Israeli Academy Awards, in various categories, with 27 winning in their fields.
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Portrait of My Family in My 13th Year in competition at San Sebastian and nominated for the Israeli Academy Award
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The Jean-Claude Carriere prize for Outstanding Feature Screenplay
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Alums Matan Yair and Gal Greenspan's film "Scaffolding", winner of the First Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival, is now in distribution in Israel and all over
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The 6th round of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab concluded this weekend
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Trailer: “212” Boaz Frankel’s graduation film is the winner of the first prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival
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The Jerusalem Arts Campus - The laying of the cornerstone, May 4th, 2017
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Wall - by Moran Ifergan
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Trailer from "Big Sister" by Michal Gassner
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Trailer for "The Mute's House"
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Driver / Yehonatan Indursky (2010)
Nachman, an ultra orthodox "Macher," and his childhood friend Shaie are driving around to solicit donations for Shaie, who is very ill. The rules are clear: all incomes are divided equally. The night turns into an existential journey between Orthodox Bnei- Brak and Secular Tel- Aviv, between life and death, despair and consolation.
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First Aid / Yarden Karmin (2010)
A day before his wedding, Shai visits Tamar, his ex-girlfriend, for a tempestuous encounter prior to becoming established. Tamar leaves him a hickey, entangling the situation.
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Sliding Flora / Talya Lavie (2003)
Flora was born in the field, that's what she keeps telling everyone. She is a waitress in a coffee shop that requires complex acrobatic skills. Flora cannot take it anymore. But she still hasn't lost her dramatic talent...
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Bedouin Sand / Omri Levy (1997)
Nine-year-old Roy falls in love with a bottle of colored sand that a Bedouin tries to sell him in Sinai.
He learns that wanting and needing are not the same thing...
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Bonfire Night / Sharon Amrani (1998)
Mentally handicapped Maurice is enthusiastically preparing for his brother's wedding. The family, however, dreads that Maurice's unpredictable behavior will spoil the occasion.
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Home / David Ofek (1994)
David Ofek tells the story of his immigrant family from Iraq, sitting in the sealed room of their Israeli home during the Gulf War, looking at bombed-out Baghdad on their television. They realize that the ruins on the screen were once their home.
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In Good Hands / Oded Davidoff (1994)
A criminal on the run with a truck full of stolen cash invades the remote cabin home of twin sisters... and lives to regret it.
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Underdog / Eran Merav (2002)
Natti, a rejected boy in a boarding school, is unaware of his true situation. He meets a girl he wants and learns some painful home truths.
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Shred of Hope / Tom Shoval (2007)
It is winter. Julian is heading to work, as always. On his face, signs of rouble are noticeable, but maybe it isn't so, maybe it's nothing, just another ordinary day at work...
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Sea Horses / Nir Bergman (1998)
Ten-year-old Noam has a teenage sister, a younger sister and parents who have decided on a trial separation. Until the trial period is over, Noam will not have a family.
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Cock Fight / Sigalit Liphshitz (2000)
It is a hot summer's day. Israeli chicken breeder Marziano is driving his stock to the market with his worker. Upon arriving at a Palestinian road-block, they are brought to a halt. Marziano is forced to confront the commander in charge - Nabil, a former worker in his chicken-coop.
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Sabbath Entertainment / Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun (2003)
It's Sabbath eve. Rachel sneaks out of her religious parents' house to go out with her secular friends. On their way to the party, the worst of all happens - an auto accident on Sabbath.
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The Substitute / Talya Lavie (2005)
A secretary-soldier at a base in the south is close to realizing her dream and go serve near home, but the soldier who comes to replace her emerges as suicidal and she is forced to watch her by command.
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Road / Nadav Lapid (2005)
The memorial stone on the narrow road in the Judea desert stands as the only testimony to the cruel field trial that four Palestinian laborers gave to their Jewish employer, who's presence symbolized the Zionist occupation in their eyes.
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Babaga / Gan de Lange (2012)
Babaga, a strange and wild woman, lives in the forest. Wandering around, she finds the body of a handsome young man. She brings him back to life and nurses him and in time they grow close. Before exposing his blind eyes, she will try to make herself worthy of love.
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Last Calls / Ruthy Pribar (2011)
Seventeen-year-old Tal finds the mobile phone of her older sister who died six months ago. In a fit of curiosity she starts dialing the last numbers on the phone's memory, trying to grasp more details about her beloved sister's last day.
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How I Killed Rabin / Michael Alalu (2011)
Itamar, a Jerusalem teenager, lives in the inner game world of "Rules and Fates". It is 1995, and Itamar longs to reveal his love for Gali, a member of his youth movement. The journey to the peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4th presents a window of opportunity, but the world of "Rules and Fate" has its own rules and fates.
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Guided Tour / Benjamin Freidenberg (2009)
31 years old Eitan lives alone in Jerusalem and works nights painting the stripes on the roads through the city. The sisyphean and monotonous labor is woven associatively through moments in his daily life - between reality and imagination, on the border between identities, between dotted lines.
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Diploma / Yaelle Kayam (2009)
15 year old Samar has to accompany his sister Ayatt, 20, to the university where she is studying for a diploma. Purim celebrations in the Jewish settlement in Hebron that occur on the cities streets that day make it difficult for the two to reach their destination.
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Tolca Mama / Maayan Rassin (2009)
Yasha arrives with his mother urn to the Deas Sea to scatter them in the wind and on the water, and fulfill her last wish. But separating from mom is hard.
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Anthem / Elad Keidan (2008)
Amnon goes out on the eve of the Sabbath to buy milk at the grocery store in the Katamonim neighborhood in Jerusalem. The milk he bought turns out to be sour, and until the Sabbath begins, he has a series of meetings with neighborhood characters.
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Homeland / Dani Rosenberg (2007)
The film tells the story of Lolek, a young Holocaust survivor who comes to Israel in 1948, and is enlisted in the war of independence. Foreign to the new language and the new identity that was given to him, he is placed on a desert hilltop. There, he is placed under the exclusive authority of his commander, who brutally tries to make him a "true" Israeli. At the end of the movie, in his imagination, Lolek returns to his home in Poland to part from his parents for the last time.
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Tolya / Rodeon Brodsky (2006)
During the International Women's Day, as workers call to congratulate their wives, Tolya is the only man who can not speak. His toothless mouth could only murmur whistling, which is even not understood by his beloved wife Natasha. Tolya gives up on the words, but not on the romantic message.
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Draft / Naomi Levari (2004)
Yoav Ganer, a 60's pacifist, tries to convince his son not to enlist. 24 hours before he is to be drafted at the drafting center, the ideological and emotional conflict between the two peaks.
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A Different War / Nadav Gal (2003)
Against the background of the last days of the school year, Noni has been chosen to play King David in the end of the year play, which the Prime Minister himself is coming to see, but in his heart he wants the role of princess.
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Mother's Dance / Zelda Hoha (2003)
Since her mother's death, Lisa acts as a mother to her three brothers. At night, the only time she has to herself, she writes. When she wins a student scholarship in Jerusalem, she has to face a difficult dilemma: to leave or to remain at home taking care of the problematic family.
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Permanent / Shai Zeller (1999)
The hairdresser's son writes a loveless love story: Bruriah and Mati meet, drive nowhere in the car, just like in life. The storyteller knows that if it will end, no matter how it will end, it will end badly for everyone, just like in life.
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Celebrating 30 years – first retrospective for the School at the JJFF
For the second year in a row - we are on the Hollywood Reporter's list of best film schools outside the US
Glowing reviews for the flagship project "Voice Over" now in cinematheques around Israel
The first workshop of the eighth edition of the Lab kicks off this month
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