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“Darkroom” by director Itamar Alcalay won the first prize of $50,000, at the Lab's Pitching Event

Onn July 11th at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Lab's jury announced the two Film Lab projects that will receive production prizes totaling $70,000 in production grants.

The first prize of $50,000 was awarded to the script Darkroom, by director Itamar Alcalay and producers Amir Harel and Ayelet Kait (Lama Films) from Israel. The second prize of $20,000 was awarded to Ferit Karahan and producer Gabriele Oricchio for his script The Death of Black Horses.

The chairwoman of the jury, Kirsten Niehuus, General Director, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Germany), shared the jury’s reasons for their decision, saying they were impressed by the level of all the scripts and have chosen to award the prizes to passionate directors-writers with a special urgency, a unique voice and artistic courage.

The stellar jury included 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), Ewa Puszczynska - Film Producer, Opus Films (Poland) and Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, the writer-director of the 2015 Cannes Grand Prix winner, Son of Saul- which was developed in the Lab in 2013. Click here to read ScreenDaily's interview with Nemes.

In addition to the jury prizes, Paris based Digital District post-production studio has generously granted a post-production award of €25,000 to the Israeli project Aya by Mihal Brezis & Oded Binnun, produced by Cassis Films.

The award ceremony concluded the Lab’s fourth year of activity: 11 scripts with potential for excellence, by directors who want to make a first or second full length feature film, were selected from all over the world to take part in a process of seven months of intensive work with three of the world’s leading script editors.

Due the Lab’s unique concept of improving the scripts and strengthen the projects production’s feasibility:
Twelve projects of the Lab’s first developed scripts were already shot in Israel, Ivory Coast, Germany, Uruguay and USA, Hungary, Montenegro, Italy and Sri Lanka, and had their world premiere in Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance and other film festivals.


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