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Renen Schorr - Founding Director


Renen Schorr has been a key figure in the Israeli film arena since the late 70’s as a film director, educator and Israeli film activist. 
Nearly two decades ago, Schorr founded the internationally acclaimed Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem and has been its director ever since.


Under his leadership, the school has become a catalyst in the renaissance of Israeli cinema, winning the world’s Best Film School Award 16 times, and boasting some 175 retrospectives in such international film festivals and museums as MoMA (1996) and Berlin (2004).


Schorr was chosen by his colleagues as President of GEECT, the association of 70 European film schools (2000-2004) and led to the entry of Israel to the European Film Academy.

Schorr has pioneered major developments in the Israeli public film funds as one of the three initiators and founders of The Israel Film Fund (1978) and the initiator of the New Fund for Film & Television (NFCT, 1993). In 2008, Schorr created The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, serving as its first chairman. In that year he also initiated the opening of two new cinematheques south and north of Tel Aviv – in Holon and Herzliya.


Schorr is a director-producer whose critically acclaimed full-length feature Late Summer Blues (1987), won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Film of the Year and became one of the most successful Israeli cult movies of all times. He was the executive producer of the award-winning films Miss Entebbe (Berlin Festival 2003), James’ Journey to Jerusalem (Cannes, 2003) and the award- winning television series, Voices from The Heartland (2001-2003).


His second feature-length film as a director, The Loners, (2010) was nominated for 11 Israeli academy awards. It won the best actor award and participated in numerous international film festivals.


In 2013 he curated and produced the 90 minute compilation film, Footsteps in Jerusalem, which screened in 50 locations around the world and was named one of the 10 influential films of the year by the MoMA. 


 Lior Sasson - Associate Director 


Lior Sasson is a producer and International project manager, working in the Film, TV and culture sectors.

Lior started his career as Director of the TLV-LA Film Master Class in 2008 and later produced the Israeli Producers Association International Conference. 

In 2009 Lior moved to LA and served as the Hollywood liaison and Cultural Attache for the state of Israel in Los Angeles the east coast.

In 2011 Lior joined JASMINE TV as VP Business Development in charge of the company’s International projects, among others ZUKU VOD and TV Channels (Kenya), KWASE OTT (South Africa).

In 2016 Lior provided services to Vonetize LTD as project manager of Watch Israel OTT service and Smart VOD Brazil.

In 2017 Lior was named the Director of the Israel Film Pavilion in Cannes Film Festival.

Between 2010 – 2015, Lior promoted 4 Israeli films to the Academy Award, “Ajami” – Nominated for Best foreign Film. “Preciouses Life” and “A film unfinished” - Short listed Best Documentary and “Aya” – Nominated for Best Short.

Lior holds a B.Sc degree from the Technion and studied in the MFA program of the Film and TV faculty at Tel Aviv University.

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