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Eligibility

The Film Lab accepts candidates from Israel and abroad via two different means:

1. Internationally, the Film Lab outreachs to leading institutes and figures in cinema education and industry to refer suitable candidates. Simultaneously, the Lab drafts scouts from across the world to identify promising candidates who meet the qualifications for acceptance. No direct registration options are available. 

 

2. In Israel, the Film Lab releases a Hebrew language "open call".

 

Eligible Lab applicants are writer-directors[1], who are within the process of working on their first or second full-length feature film, and have directed at least two short films or a television drama or documentary film, or an episode in a television series (two from any of the above), whose production has inspired international and/or local attention[2].

 

The filmmaker declares that they possess the script for a full-length feature film, which they wrote or were a full partner in writing; that they possess full copyrights to the script, and possess the ability to develop it independently, or with the assistance of a scriptwriting partner.

 

Israeli and international Film Lab projects that meet the qualifications of the Jerusalem Film Fund (www.jerusalemfilmfund.com) will be automatically eligible to submit their project directly to the Film Fund’s “production package” for investment in the production, according to the Fund’s regulations.

 

Each candidate is eligible to submit one project per year.

 

Priority will be given to candidates who are presently in the first stages of production (i.e., have acquired a known production company, and/or public and/or private investors, previous participation in local or international “pitching” events, etc.).
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[1] A director who does not serve as the sole scriptwriter of the project is allowed to invite his scriptwriting partner to the Film Lab, upon advance approval by the Film Lab staff. All expenses of the participation of this scriptwriter will be borne by the director or his representative.
[2] A candidate who has directed only one short fiction which has attracted international attention is eligible to apply for acceptance to the Film Lab. The Film Lab is entitled to separately examine exceptional cases such as this and other.

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