Source: Merav Ben Lulu

Noa Regev

Jerusalem Cinematheque CEO Noa Regev has been appointed as the new CEO of the Israel Film Fund (IFF) and is due to take up the role at the beginning of April.

She replaces veteran producer and broadcast executive Lisa Shiloach-Uzrad, who spent two-and-a-half years in the role having succeeded long-time executive director Katriel Schory in 2019.

Regev has been CEO of the Jerusalem Cinematheque since 2013. She took over the organisation at a delicate point in its history as its hands-on founder Lia Van Leer, who was then in her late 80s, stepped down from the day-to-day management. 

As its CEO, Regev has been responsible for the management and operation of the Israeli Cinema Archive, the Cinematheque and the Jerusalem International Film Festival and has been credited with setting the body back on an even keel. There is no word as yet on who will replace Regev when she moves onto her new role. 

“Noa has a rich experience and deep-seated understanding of the world of cinema and she has successfully led past projects including the Jerusalem Film Festival that has become a focal point for cinema lovers in Israel. I am happy to welcome her and am confident in her ability to lead the film fund. We thank Lisa for her contribution to the fund and wish her the best of luck,” said Dorli Almagor, head of the IFF board.

Regev has deep connections with the Israeli film industry through her cinematheque role as well as her studies at the film department at Tel Aviv University.

“I am excited for the opportunity to be part of the Israel Film Fund which over the years has supported the production of many of the most significant and groundbreaking Israeli films. We shall continue to operate for the success of local cinema in collaboration with both Israeli and international film industry,” she said.

Established in 1979, the IFF is a key pole of the Israeli film industry, supporting the development and production of shorts and features as well their marketing and international careers.

It has supported more than 350 Israeli features including high-profile works such as Eran Kolirin’s The Band’s Visit, Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir, Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot and Lebanon, and Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation