A $15m 3D film about Jerusalem that aims to promote religious understanding is set to start shooting in the city this year.

The British-Canadian project is part of a multi-year public education programme that aims to promote better relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims by highlighting their common heritage.

Jerusalem is being produced by London-based Arcane Films and New York’s Cosmic Pictures, with multi-nominated Oscar producer Jack Eberts as executive producer.

Working with Eberts will be veteran Canadian producer Daniel Ferguson, Cosmic Pictures’ Taran Davies and Arcane’s George Duttfield from UK. Noam Shalev’s Hi-Lite Films will be in charge of the production in Israel.  

The producers said that they have the co-operation of representatives of many religious groups in the city, including Muslim, Jewish, Greek-Orthodox and Catholic leaders. They have also secured a vast range of project advisors, including historians, archaeologists, lecturers, curators, theologians and writers from such institutions as The Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University, Al-Quds University, University of Haifa, the University of Cambridge, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

The film and its accompanying public programme are planned for 2010-12 with an international release to follow in 2013.