ALL LABS' NEWS
The second edition of the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Series Lab, which took off in June 2023, will culminate at Series Mania Forum, in March 2024 in a pitching event which will introduce the international television market to up-and-coming new Israeli storytellers.
Seven Israeli projects will finish the program this year at the pitching event moderated by AC Coppens. Among them are Israeli Academy winners Orit Fouks Rotem, who directed Israel’s entry for best international feature at the Academy Awards Cinema Sabaya and Nur Fibak who won best short documentary- A Minor Crime; successful Israeli screenwriter and actor Rotem Kaplinski whose first feature film was a commercial hit in Israel, and more.
The Sam Spiegel Series Lab is a creative bridge between Israeli talent in the field of scripted series, and the international TV industry, assisting in voicing the diverse and unique stories of our region through project development, with leading editors. An initiative of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, one of the top 15 best schools in the world according to the Hollywood Reporter, the Series Lab is a sister to the International Film Lab that is now in its 12th edition.
"We are delighted to welcome the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Series Lab for the first time as part of the Creative Bazaar, our talent incubator organized prior to the Series Mania Forum," said Laurence Herszberg, General Director of Series Mania. "Since its inception, Series Mania has always highlighted Israeli talent by regularly inviting Israeli shows, actors and actresses and representatives of the Israeli TV industry. This year, seven producer-writer duos - selected by the Series Lab which is an initiative of The Sam Spiegel Film and TV School, one of the best film and television schools in the world - will have the opportunity to present and promote their projects to the international series community. The Festival's commitment to Israeli creativity will be further demonstrated with this new opportunity.”
Dana Blankstein Cohen, the executive director of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School said “We are delighted to partner with the leading series festival in the world and recognize the importance of having our unique stories reach an audience in these challenging times for our region. It is crucial, more than ever, to allow freedom of speech and support the role of creative people. These seven projects represent our steadfast commitment to ensure creative responsibility and encourage a diversity of voices to be heard.”
The Lab is supported by film and TV production company New Mandate Films, Israeli entertainment content enterprise United King Films, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Foreign Affairs office.
The Second Edition of the Series Lab will conclude in Series Mania
Big congratulations to Hajni Kis and producer Julia Berkes, who just won the Kino Arte Award at the Berlinale CoProduction Market!
They were chosen out of 18 candidates. "Ich Bin Marika" is a Hungarian project from the 11th edition of the Film Lab - and part of our JSFL family!
Wishing them the best of luck as they continue on their journey.
"Ich Bin Marika" wins award at Berlinale CoProduction Market
Great news! Two Sundance prizes went to our 9th edition alumni Shuchi Talati, for her film "Girls Will Be Girls". The film won the Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and actress Preeti Panigrahi won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting. We are very excited and happy with Shuchi.
"Girls Will Be Girls" Wins Awards at Sundance
We are happy and proud that two alumni from our latest 11th edition of the Film Lab, will take part in the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Congratulations to Hajni Kis with "Ich Bin Marika" and Jerry Carlsson with ״Burnings״.
"Ich Bin Marika" tells the story of Marika, a cashier in a Budapest supermarket. One day, her long-lost love, Jani re-appears in her life. He takes on a highway construction job in Germany, but causes a mass accident and is imprisoned. Marika decides to do what she can to get him out. In order to pay a lawyer, she goes to work for an elderly couple in Germany.
"Burnings" tells the story of a lonely teenager who tries to hide his attraction towards other guys, but when he finds a portal in the basement that can make him change his appearance, a whole new world opens up that makes him question who he wants to be.
Projects from JSFL 11th Edition Heading to the Berlinale Co-Production Market
“Girls Will Be Girls” by Shuchi Talati, developed in the 9th edition of the Film Lab (2021), is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival international dramatic competition. The Indo-French co-production, brought to us by Initiative Film, has it all “complicated relationships, weird sex dynamics, uncomfortable humor”, as Shuchi says. We are really proud!
Sundance is happening for “Girls Will Be Girls”
The moving first session of our 12th edition has ended, after an exciting week with so many creative moments, with an inspiring masterclass with academy award winner Edward Berger who generously took us into his working process; A fascinating lecture about storytellers meeting AI given be Dr. Michal Ben David; A peaceful morning meditation by Ginger Castillo; and, of course, intensive work done each day with our amazing mentors. The first session, held online, was a meaningful and fruitful first week with our newest edition of the lab. We're already missing the participants!
The First Session of Edition 12 Concludes
We were all very excited to open the 12th edition of the International Film Lab on December 11th. All the participants, producers, mentors and our team, raised a toast for a fruitful and enjoyable process ahead of us. The 12th edition lineup includes projects from Poland; the Netherlands; Croatia; Hungary; France and Israel. Each member introduced themselves, and we drank wine courtesy of the Lab. It was a moving evening in these complex days, sharing collective light in this Hanukkah holiday. Academy Award winner Edward Berger will hold a masterclass at the launch of the 12th edition of the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab.
The 12th Edition of the Film Lab Launches!
"The Vanishing Soldier", developed at JSFL's 2nd edition by writer and director Dani Rosenberg, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival 2023. The film, Rosenberg's second feature, was screened in various festivals around the world during the last months, and also won the Best Film Award at Haifa International Film Festival 2023, and Best Cinematography at Israeli Film Academy Awards.
"The Vanishing Soldier" premieres in Locarno
Good news are already starting to arrive from the participants of the Series Lab's first edition: The romantic comedy "Non-Issue", telling the story of an Israeli-Palestinian couple and based on the real-life story of creators Nayef Hammoud and Gal Rosenbluth, won the Paramount Drama Prize at this year’s MIA Market.
"Non-Issue" wins Paramount Drama Prize at MIA Market
The film "Zejtune", written and directed by Alex Camilleri from Malta, was the first prize winner of JSFL's 10th edition (2022), mentored by our beloved script editor and mentor - Clare Downs. Gladly, the film has already moved forward to production, and principal shooting for the film started on October 2023.
Shooting starts for "Zejtune"
Colombian film "The Other Son", that was developed on the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab's 9th edition, premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2023. The film, written and directed by alumni Juan Sebastián Quebrada, tells the story of a teenager, who after the sudden and unexpected death of his younger brother, falls in love with his deceased brother's ex-girlfriend and, through that love, finds the strength to fight on.
"The Other Son" Premieres in San Sebastian
Amazingly 6 films, from the JSFL 9th edition (that took place in 2021) edition have already finished shooting and are at various stages of completing their films: Sisters, by Marianna Brennand Fortes, from Brazil; Windless, by Pavel Vesnakov from Bulgaria; Iris, by Myrsini Aristidou from Cyprus; Girls Will Be Girls, by Shuchi Talati from India; Oxygen, by Netalie Braun from Israel and Finally, by Tom Nesher from Israel.
6 Films from the Lab's 9 Edition Are on Their Way