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Since its launch in 2011, The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab has been a leading force in the development of groundbreaking feature films by some of the world’s most promising talents. ​

Each year the Lab selects 12 international writers/directors who are at advanced stages of writing their first/second narrative feature film. The participants are invited to Jerusalem for two working sessions and an additional session via zoom, over a seven-to-eight-month period. ​

The selected projects undergo an in-depth process with one of our acclaimed script editors. At the last session they present to an audience (after a short pitch training, courtesy of the Shuster Polakoff Foundation) of jury members and decision makers, highly esteemed film professionals, at a celebratory communal event in Jerusalem. The jury awards production prizes totaling $50,000- $70,000, generously donated by the Beracha Foundation. The Lab reserves the right to change the amount of the prizes.

​The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab supports bold storytellers, who look deeply into the human experience in search for their unique truth.

The projects speak for themselves.


The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab supplies filmmakers with creative oxygen- time, mentorship, and deadlines.

It consists of three main sessions:


The Lab participants are invited to Jerusalem for one 4-6 day writing session which usually takes place in December or January. During these days, the Lab's devoted script editors lead an in-depth process with the filmmakers, listen to each project, defining its needs: Searching for its heartbeat, the pulse of the story, mining for the characters' emotional truth. Asking difficult questions that need to be faced to make each script the best it can be. Each participant has his/her own mentor during all the session. In addition, usually, masterclasses with creative filmmakers are held, tours in Jerusalem are taken, and additional varied activities.






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