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Obligations of Participants



1.  Participants in the Film Lab are obligated to make themselves fully available for all activities of the Film Lab for a period of seven-and-a- half months, as detailed in the schedule of activities appearing in this document, or with any reasonable changes made to the said schedule.


2.   Throughout the entire duration of the Jerusalem based activities, the Film Lab will fully host the Film Lab participants from across the world and from Israel, and will provide local transportation, lodging and board (breakfast and lunch: Full meals; dinner: partial meal). 


3.   Participants must pay all air-travel costs. In many countries bursaries and scholarships are available for this kind of training. 


4.   Participation fee will be paid two weeks after receiving the acceptance letter. The 1,000 Euro fee will be paid in one installment via bank transfer in net sum free of all bank transfer fees and taxes if applicable. This fee is nonrefundable.


5.   Film Lab participants understand that the work process in the Film Lab demands full cooperation with the script editors and the Film Lab administration, adherence to the time schedule and to the regulations, and a full obligation to strive towards the common process with diligence, depth, and a positive spirit.


6.   Film Lab participants pledge to refrain from participation in other writing workshops/labs during the work process of the Film Lab and the writing of the scripts, unless with the written approval of the Film Lab administration.


7.   Film Lab participants understand that all activities of the Film Lab will be carried out in the English language. Film Lab participants are personally responsible for any and all translation expenses incurred in the projects/presentations material/previous films.


8.   Film Lab participants will make English-language publicity information available to the Film Lab administration, including a curriculum vitae, still photos, and excerpts from previous films. The Film Lab reserves the right to use this information in its publications in Israel and abroad Film Lab participants agree to be interviewed on their work, within the framework of the Film Lab.


9.  The participants will take part in a wide range of activities of the Film Lab's work, including but not limited to: feedback on their colleagues' scripts, meetings with members of the Israeli film industry, film students from Israel and the world, critiques on Film Lab activities, and more.


10. Film Lab participants (no less than 8) whose scripts are selected by the Film Lab as those most fit for production, will reach the third, concluding stage, requiring them to present the scripts before a panel of judges at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, while accompanied by the major producer of the film. Expenses incurred in the air-travel of the producer, his lodging and meals will be borne by the producer/production company, and in no way whatsoever by the Film Lab. The director and producer will present the panel of judges with details of the film's budget, initial or advanced funding sources and production schedule.

Within the frame of the Lab's third stage, the participants (directors and producers) will participate in a pitch training session held in Jerusalem.


11.  For the pitching, the director and producer will shoot one scene from the film which is to be screened at the pitching.

All expenses incurred will be borne by the director and the producer.

The rights will be of the director, but the Lab will be entitled to use it in any media it chooses to with no charge.


12.  At the closing ceremony of the Lab, the chairperson of the jury will announce the winning projects. From the day of announcement, the project's director and producer will have a period of 18 months in which they can request the grant from the Lab.


75% of the grant will be transferred to the director's account on the first day of filming. The second 25% will be transferred after the director of the film sends a final cut of the film, including the Lab's credits, according to the attached annex.

In case the project is Israeli- the director will issue an invoice for the Lab. The Award sum includes VAT.


13.  In case the shooting of the film will not begin in a period of up to 18 months from the initial announcement or if the film does not have a specific date to start principal shooting in approved by the Lab's directors. The Lab is entitled to cancel the grant and the producer or the participant will not be entitled to take any legal claim against the Lab or its directors.   


14. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Lab's directors may, in writing, authorize a deferment of up to 6 months in giving the grant.


15. Requests for a deferment of the grant funds will be sent, by the director, in writing, no later than 15 months after the initial announcement.


16. The Film Lab invests in each participant an amount of $30,000, raised by the Lab. once a film reaches production, Film Lab participants and producers commit to grant credit to the Film Lab within the body of the film, expressing the film was developed at the Sam Spiegel International Lab. The Lab credit format is attached in Annex. Moreover, the production will note the development of the script at the Film Lab in all film publicity, including all remakes / spin-off products from the film, should they be created (books, plays, etc.), and in any existing or future media:

a.     At the body of the film- Credits annex attached.

b.     At the film's poster- Lab's logo

c.      Press release- mentioning the fact that the film was developed in the Lab.

d.     Commercial ads- Lab's logo

e.     Invitation for premieres

f.       Festival's book- the Lab's name and logo

g.     IMDB Lab's credit: Production Company (Development at)


17. The administration of the Film Lab is authorized at any stage to cease the activities of a participant who does not meet all the conditions, or who was unable for any reason to work within the framework of the Film Lab, to maintain its scheduled timetable, and/or to advance in the writing of the script and/or to perform in the spirit of the Film Lab.


18. A participant who ceases his participation in the Film Lab upon his own decision will be held fully liable for the expenses of his or her travel arrangements, lodging, meals and salary for his or her editor, up to the point of cessation.


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