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The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Announces the 2017 award of $50,000 to “PINHAS" by Pini Tavger

Last night, July 15th at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the jury of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab announced the winners of the Beracha Foundation prizes of $70,000 in production grants.


The first prize of $50,000 was awarded to the project PINHAS, by director Pini Tavger and producer Haim Mecklberg from Israel.


The second prize of $20,000 was divided and awarded to two projects:

To Director Dea Kulumbegashvili and producer Rati Oneli for their project NAKED SKY (Georgia) and Director Maya Dreifuss and producer Estee-Yacov Mecklberg for their project HIGHWAY 65 (Israel).


The chairwoman of the jury, founding director of Celluloid Dreams, France, Hengameh Panahi, shared the jury's reasons for their decision:


"The presentation of PINHAS, provided the Jury with a powerful experience:

A fascinating sensitive and conflictual script based on semi-autobiographic hardships beautifully presented through a scene for the upcoming film; and an emotional presentation that touched the audience."


The topnotch jury included Beki Probst - President of the European Film Market, Berlinale, Carlo Chatrian - Director of the Locarno Film Festival, Laurent Hassid - Head of Foreign Film Acquisition Canal+, Cendomir Kolar - Academy Award winning producer, Katriel Schory - Director of the Israel Film Fund and Vincenzo Bugno - World Cinema Fund, Berlinale.


The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab was launched in December 2011 by the Sam Spiegel Film and Television school founding Director Renen Schorr, and codirected by Ifat Tubi.

The Lab's unique concept of improving scripts and strengthen projects production feasibility has brought to remarkable results:  75% of the Lab's projects have already been shot in the USA, France, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Ivory Coast, Uruguay, Argentine, Montenegro, Italy, Sri Lanka and Iceland  - and had their world premiere in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and other film festivals. 



Taking part in the closing event were more than 30 top international film industry professionals including; producers, film fund directors, distributors and sales agents, who were invited to take part in "speed dating" sessions  with the 9 projects that were developed in the Lab. 

This highly effective process allows the projects to start their financing process towards the shooting of the scripts that were developed during the 6th edition of the International Lab


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


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