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The Lab Announced its 2016 Jury

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab - Jerusalem held its 5th annual pitching event on July 8th in Jerusalem, during the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival. Leading this year's jury members was Slawomir Idziak. Idziak is one of Europe’s most prolific cinematographersmost memorably with the great director, most memorabely with the great director Krzysztof Kieslowski: A Short Film about Killing, The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors: Blue.

During the pitching event, twelve promising writer-directors from Israel and across the globe competed 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 twelve participants worked on their screenplays during the past seven months with mentors Clare Downs (UK), Jacques Akchoti (France) and Israeli writer-director Eran Riklis, and will present them along with their producers in front of the Lab's jury, thirty Decision Makers and the local film industry.


Alongside Idziak, seven leading industry figures comprised this year's jury:

Charles Tesson -  Artistic Director of the Cannes Critics' Week (France), Kirsten Niehuus General Director, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Germany), Hengameh Panahi - Founding Director, Celluloid Dreams (France/Iran), Katriel Schory - Director of The Israel Film Fund (Israel), Eric Lagesse - President, Pyramide Films (France), Carole Scotta - Founding Director, Haut et Court (France), and Roberto Olla - Executive Director, Eurimages (Italy).


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:



Dolores by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina)

Passed by Censor by Serhat Karaaslan (Turkey)

The Whole-Timers by Bibhusan Basnet and Pooja Gurung (Nepal)

The Woodcutter's Story by Mikko Myllylahti (Finland)

Tomorrow is a Long Time by Jow Zhi Wei (Singapore)



Cinema Sabaya by Orit Fouks Rotem

Decompression by Yona Rozenkier

Desert's End by Asaf Asulin

Girl and Child by Noam Ellis

Life is Somewhere Else by Margarita Linton-Balaklav

The Voice of the Sea by Shai Carmeli Pollak 



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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