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Endeavor looking into pulling out of $400m Saudi deal (reports)

Saudi sovereign wealth fund invested $400m in Hollywood holding company earlier this year.

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Former Dubai film festival managing director launches new venture

Shivani Pandya Malhotra joins forces with Emirati filmmaker in marketing and consultancy venture.

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Haifa Film Festival warns against "silencing of voices" following funding threat

Festival responds to Israeli culture minister demand that state funds be re-examined over line-up.


Strand Releasing acquires Egyptian Oscar submission 'Yomeddine'

Cannes selection won Francois Chalais Prize on the Croisette Cannes in recognition of life-affirming story.


Netflix swoops on TIFF selection 'Lionheart'

Genevieve Nnaji makes directorial debut.

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Haifa Film Festival 2018 to open with 'The Other Story', close with 'First Man'

The festival programme includes a tribute to director Agnès Varda.


Amazon's Oscar Pistorius docuseries includes family interviews, footage

Director Vaughan Sivell spent three years making the 4 x 60’ documentary, and collected more than 2,000 hours of footage.


Venice title 'The Day I Lost My Shadow' gets sales deal, first trailer revealed (exclusive)

French sales agent Stray Dogs has taken international rights on the film.

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Netflix’s first Arabic language original series 'Jinn' starts shooting

‘Jinn’ follows a group of Arab teenagers as a supernatural force enters their world.

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Haifa Film Festival unveils programme featuring 77 Israeli titles

The competition sections will showcase 72 new Israeli works.

1945 director receives best foreign film award from Michael Moore at Traverse City Film Festival

Menemsha Films targets fifth $1m Jewish-themed hit with '1945' (exclusive)

Wartime drama wins best foreign film at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

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'The Dive', 'Red Cow' share best Israeli feature award at Jerusalem Film Festival

Best Israeli documentary went to ‘Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life’.

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First image of Boaz Armoni's 'The Electrifiers' (exclusive)

The film follows a group of washed-up pop musicians trying to stage a comeback.

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Tel Aviv’s Gaudeamus Productions debuts at Jerusalem, wins Pitch Point award

The company is screening ’The Love Letter’ in the Short Film Competition.

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Jerusalem 2018: Screen's dailies

Read Screen’s daily magazines from the 35th Jerusalem International Film Festival here.


First Bedouin feature 'Eed' in the works at Jerusalem's Pitch Point event

Shlomi Elkabetz has boarded ground-breaking project.

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Shira Geffen unveils family drama set in Israel's Masada plateau

Geffen won the Camera d’Or in Cannes in 2007 with debut feature ‘Jellyfish’.

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Yad Vashem has online ambitions for Holocaust film library

The Center adds about 600 to 800 films per year to its library.


Jerusalem Film Festival crowns Pitch Point winners

Avishai Sivan’s Lot’s Wife scoops top award.


Jerusalem Think Fest: experts advise on smart festival strategies

Panelists also discussed the volume of film content submitted to festivals.