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Jerusalem Film Festival

Jerusalem fest launches festival-focused industry strand

12-Feb-2017 | By

The event will provide a platform for festival professionals to discuss key topics; delegates from Berlin, Sundance, Venice and Karlovy Vary expected to attend.

Forever Pure

Dogwoof scores TIFF-bound Israeli football doc

17-Aug-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Forever Pure is headed to Toronto after winning three awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

'Death Of Louis XIV', 'One Week And A Day' win top prizes in Jerusalem

15-Jul-2016 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival’s new $20,000 international competition prize goes to Albert Serra for The Death Of Louis XIV; One Week And A Day wins best Israeli feature.

House Of Cards

CAA's Adam Berkowitz: Film talent still flocking to TV

13-Jul-2016 | By

The head of CAA’s television department was speaking on a Jerusalem Film Festival panel.

Being Solomon

Israel’s animation industry hops to new support initiative

13-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jerusalem Film and Television Fund’s animation event The Hop, Skip & A Jump is aiming to grow the city’s fledgling animation scene.


Jerusalem: Yair, Yedaya scoop Pitch Point prizes

12-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

Matan Yair’s Scaffolding [pictured] and Keren Yedaya’s Red Fields were among the winners at the 11th edition of the event.

tom shoval

Iñárritu boards Tom Shoval's 'Shake Your Cares Away'

11-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Shoval [pictured] was mentored by Iñárritu on the set of The Revenant.

Whit Stillman Jerusalem 2016

Jerusalem: Whit Stillman updates on Amazon TV series

11-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

Stillman is writing six more The Cosmopolitans episodes, but is making changes from the pilot.

Jerusalem VR

Virtual reality lands at Jerusalem fest

11-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

The festival is showcasing virtual reality for the first time, including the first raft of Israeli VR projects.

Ram Loevy

Laila readies Ram Loevy’s 'Dead Of Jaffa'

11-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The film follows three Palestinian brothers who are smuggled into Israel from the West Bank.


Israeli film 'Abulele' in line for US remake

11-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Family film has clocked up 150,000 admissions in Israel.

Heymann brothers

Heymann brothers plot Dov Khenin doc

11-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: The fraternal directors are also working on a documentary about porn star Jonathan Agassi.


Jerusalem: 'Ptzuim BaRosh' stars to hit big screen with 'Maktub'

11-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir are best known for creating and starring in Israeli TV shows Asfur [pictured] and Ptzuim BaRosh.

Quentin Tarantino Jerusalem Film Festival

Quentin Tarantino thrills Jerusalem festival audience

10-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

Tarantino revealed the best character he’s ever written and discussed retiring after 10 movies.

Avanti Popolo

Jerusalem: Restored classic 'Avanti Popolo' gets new lease of life

10-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

Film is considered one of the most important in Israel’s cinematic history.

Amy trailer

Sony Classics, Cornerstone chiefs talk industry challenges at Jerusalem

10-Jul-2016 | By

Dylan Leiner, Alison Thompson discussed the distribution, VOD and the future of cinema culture during a festival panel.

Alamork Marsha

Alamork Marsha heads to Ethiopia for 'Fig Tree' shoot

10-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Project clinched top prize at Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in 2014.

evgeny ruman

Ruman casts Friedman and Belkin for 'Golden Voices'

10-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Evgeny Ruman’s upcoming feature follows two Soviet Union dubbing artists in 1990s Israel.

Yona Rozenkier and producer Kobi Mizrahi

Jerusalem: Rozenkier, Tobal clinch top Sam Spiegel prizes

9-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A total of 11 projects were presented at the closing pitching event of fifth edition.

eran kolirin

Eran Kolirin to adapt Kashua’s 'Let It Be Morning'

8-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Director of The Band’s Visit to explore dilemma of being a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship.

Keren Yedaya

Keren Yedaya to revive Israeli anti-war musical 'Mami'

8-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Production to start rolling in November.

JFF opening Miri Regev

Jerusalem Film Festival gets off to noisy start

8-Jul-2016 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Controversial culture minister announces new film fund aimed at boosting southern Israel.

paz brothers

Paz brothers reveal 'Jeruzalem 2' details

8-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

EXCLUSIVE: Horror sequel will be set 10 years after the events of the first film and will not be found-footage.

Lior Elefant

Israel film industry faces diversity challenge

8-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

Only 10% of working film directors are women, but one lobbying organisation is fighting for change.

Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino touches down at Jerusalem fest

7-Jul-2016 | By Tom Grater

The director is at the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival to accompany a screening of Pulp Fiction.


Jerusalem Film Festival directors talk 2016 programme

7-Jul-2016 | By

Festival set to open tonight with a screening of Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta [pictured].


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Jerusalem 2016: Screen's dailies

Read Screen International’s daily magazine from the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival here.


Beyond the Mountains and Hills

Eran Kolirin on 'Beyond The Mountains And Hills'

How do we live our lives against a backdrop of hostility? This is the question posed by Eran Kolirin in Beyond The Mountains And Hills, his exploration of middle-class mores. Melanie Goodfellow reports.

Dorit Hakim

Jerusalem: Dorit Hakim on 'Moon In The 12th House'

The director’s feature debut plays in competition at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival.

Mia Hansen Love

Mia Hansen-Love interview

French director Mia Hansen-Love talks about the joy of working with Isabelle Huppert, avoiding melancholy and a new project inspired by her relationship with her husband, Olivier Assayas. Geoffrey Macnab reports.

How Long, Not Long

Jerusalem: Women directors dominate Israeli shorts competition

This year’s expanded selection of short films in competition at Jerusalem Film Festival features a majority of women directors. Tom Grater finds out why.


Jerusalem: Ori Sivan talks 'Harmonia'

Renowned TV writer-director Ori Sivan explains to Wendy Mitchell why his latest project Harmonia could only be made as a film.

Saving Neta

Jerusalem: Yedaya, Ruman to present projects at Pitch Point

Israeli directors and producers seek to meet all-important international partners at the festival’s annual Pitch Point event. Melanie Goodfellow reports 

From The Diary Of A Wedding Photographer

Jerusalem: Nadav Lapid talks 'Diary Of A Wedding Photographer'

Inspired by his time as a wedding photographer, Nadav Lapid has transformed the complex feelings he has about love, intimacy and marriage into a 40-minute feature. Melanie Goodfellow reports.


In Focus: Jerusalem Film & TV fund

The dynamic Jerusalem Film & Television Fund has a wide brief that includes attracting local and international production to the city and jump-starting its animation and VFX sectors. Geoffrey Macnab reports.

The Black Frost

Jerusalem: Sam Spiegel lab introduces 2016 projects

International sales companies and financiers are in town to get the first glimpse of new projects from the prestigious Sam Spiegel International Film Lab. Melanie Goodfellow reports.

We had A Forest

Jerusalem: Guy Raz talks 'We Had A Forest'

Screen spoke to director Guy Raz about making the low-budget family drama, which plays in competition at Jerusalem.

Grimur Hakonarson

'Rams' director Hákonarson talks festivals and 'The County'

Grimur Hákonarson, who serves on Jerusalem’s international jury, talks about the lessons he learned during a year of promoting his festival and box-office hit Rams.

Ronit Elkabetz

Remembering Ronit Elkabetz

Jerusalem Film Festival is paying tribute to late Israeli actress and director Ronit Elkabetz. Her friends and colleagues tell Melanie Goodfellow about their beloved collaborator.


Israeli funds: For the love of film

For a relatively small country, Israel boasts a multitude of film funds. Geoffrey Macnab discovers how vital these are to both local and international film-makers