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The Lab's Closing Events

The Lab's Closing Events

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Closing Events take place every year in parallel with the Jerusalem Film Festival, where the finalized scripts are presented before the Jerusalem Lab’s panel of international jury members, in an annual pitching event , to a select group of producers, sales agents, distributors and other professionals from all over the world (Decision Makers). This year, the closing events will take place between the 13-16 of July, 2017.

Following the pitching event, the decision makers meet the Lab's participants (and their producers) for an exciting and fast-paced speed dating session, hopefully beginning new partnerships towards the development of the projects.

The Lab invites 7 international cinematic figures each year to serve as the jury at the Lab's pitching event. The members of the jury read the finalized scripts before arriving to Jerusalem.

After the pitching event, the jury awards production prizes totaling in $70,000, generously donated by the Beracha Foundation, at the prestigious award ceremony held at the historic St. Andrew's Scottish Church, overlooking the old city of Jerusalem.


While all guests come to work, they also enjoy the beauty and history of Jerusalem during their stay. All guests are accommidated in two of the best hotels in Jerusalem, The Dan Botique and The Mount Zion Hotel, each a five minute walking distance from the Lab's two centers, the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Mishkenot Sha’ananim.


With an array of events, including the Jerusalem Film Festival's opening night, a festive dinner for all the lab's guests, a tour of the Old City and the wonderful Lab's award ceremony, the Lab's top priority during the closing events is to connect the guests with the Lab participants, while enjoying themselves in the process.

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"Decompression" by Yona Rozenkier won $50,000 at the Lab's closing events
The 2018 Lab Dates: 3-10.12.2017, 20-25.03.2018
"I Dream in Another Language" was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival
"Decompression" was selected to the Cannes Film Festival L’Atelier
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