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The Lab Announces its 2015 Jury

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab - Jerusalem will hold its 4th annual pitching event on July 10th in Jerusalem, during the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival. Among this year's jury members will be Laszlo Nemes, the writer-director of the 2015 Cannes Grand Prix winner, Son of Saul. Nemes will return to Jerusalem and the Lab after participating in its 2nd edition (2013), where he developed Son of Saul for seven intensive months.


During the pitching event, eleven promising writer-directors from Israel and across the globe will compete for the Lab's $70,000 in awards, donated by the Beracha foundation. The prize, aimed at furthering the film's production, is the largest prize of its kind in Israeli cinema.


The eleven current participants worked on their screenplays during the past seven months with mentors Clare Downs (UK), Jacques Akchoti (France) and Israeli writer-director Avi Nesher, and will present them along with their producers in front of the Lab's jury, thirty Decision Makers and the local film industry.


Alongside Nemes, six leading industry figures will comprise this year's jury. Kirsten Niehuus - General Director, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Germany) will preside as the jury's chairwoman, which will include Olivier Père - General Director, ARTE France Cinéma (France), Meinolf Zurhorst - Director of Film Department, ZDF (Germany), Katriel Schory - Director of The Israel Film Fund (Israel), Michèle Halberstadt - Distributor & Producer, ARP Selection (France) and Ewa Puszczynska - Film Producer, Opus Films (Poland).


In addition to the current Lab participants, a special spotlight will be shed on past participants. The Jerusalem Film Festival will screen three of the Lab's alumnus' films during the festival: Run by Philippe Lacôte of the Ivory Coast (premiered in Cannes 2014), We Are Young, We Are Strong by Burhan Qurbani of Germany (screened at Tribeca 2015) and Imperial Dreams by American Malik Vitthal (NEXT Audience Award winner, Sundance 2014).


The Lab is supported by The Israel State Lottery's Culture & Arts Council, The Beracha Foundation, The Jerusaelm Film & Television Fund, The Jerusalem Development Authority, The City of Jerusalem, The Sam Spiegel Foundation, The Israel Film Fund and The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


This year's eleven selected projects:



Banat by Adriano Valerio /// Movimento Film (Italy/France)

The Boyfriend by Ashim Ahluwalia /// Future East Film (India)

Candido by Paolo Marinou-Blanco /// Primo Filmes (Portugal/Brazil)

The Death of Black Horses by Ferit Karahan /// Blue Door Production (Turkey/Kurdistan)

Never Let it Go by Paul Negoescu /// Papillon Film (Romania)



A Great Light by Idan Hubel /// Cinema Group - Spiro Films

Aya by Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun /// Cassis Films

Darkroom by Itamar Alcalay /// Lama Films

Darwin by Oren Adaf /// Banshee Films & Cinema Group - Spiro Films

Virgins by Keren Ben Rafael /// Avenue B Productions & Lama Films

Zuzik by Shalom Hager /// Cassis Films



The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab was launched in December 2011. Its Founding Director is Renen Schorr, and it is co-directed by Ifat Tubi.

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