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We're excited and wish good luck to our alumnas taking part in the upcoming Jerusalem Film Festival, having their Israeli premiere of their films developed at the Lab: Maya Dreifuss, 6th edition alumna with her film "Highway 65" and Tom Nesher, 9th edition alumna, with her film "Come Closer".


The 13th Edition of the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab is open for submissions!
For over a decade the JSFL has supported the development of groundbreaking feature films from Israel and the world.
If you are in the early stages of writing your first or second screenplay for a feature, we invite you to join our creative community.
Submissions are open until JUNE 19, 2024!

*Israeli projects can be submitted through the open call. International projects can be submitted by Invitation only


Good news for the film "Windless", by Pavel G. Vesnakov, which was developed in our 9th edition: It's world premiere is set for the upcoming Karlovy Vary festival, taking place at the end of June in Czech Republic.
Additionally, after this happy notification, it has been announced the film was picked up by the sales company Alpha Violet for international sales.
Good luck!

Photo credit: Red Carpet


Big congratulations to our Lab graduate Tom Nesher whose film “Come Closer”, which was developed at the 9th edition of the JSFL, won the Viewpoints Award after a world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The jury stated: “From alien abductions, to a ski team in Afghanistan, to a young man investigating the murder of his father, the diverse films of the Viewpoint category inspired all of us to think and feel deeply. However, when choosing a winner, our decision was unanimous. This film pulled us all in from the first few frames and we felt that we were in skillful hands as it is fiercely executed and superbly performed.”



Good luck to the eight Israeli projects who are embarking on their journey to develop their scripts in the third edition of the Series Lab! Aleeza Chanowitz; Boaz Frankel; Tomer Shushan; Adi Adwan; Bar Cohen and Tohar Sherman-Friedman; Aurit Zamir and Shiri Nevo Fridental; Marc Grey and Nitai Gat; and Rita Borodiyanski.

Out of 100 submissions these eight projects were selected to take part in the Series Lab and to work on the development of their series in the local and international market under the guidance of leading industry professionals including Noah Stollman; Keren Margalit; Ossi Nishri; Gal Zaid as well as former HBO drama head David Levine and producer Joe Peracchio.

The Lab is generously supported by production company New Mandate Films, producer Gideon Tadmor, The Jerusalem Municipality and The Sam Spiegel Estate


Congratulations to JSFL graduate Maya Dreifuss and her feature “Highway 65”, which won the Grand Prize at the Reims Film Festival in France! Maya developed her feature at the 6 edition of the lab, and won the second prize. Good Luck Maya!
Photo: Pierre Oberkampf


Alumni Sacha Amaral and his film "The Pleasure is all Mine" from Brazil, which was developed in the 8th edition of the Sam Spiegel Film Lab, will premiere in the Argentinian Film Festival - BAFICI. We are happy and thrilled for Sacha and his upcoming premiere. Good luck!


It was an amazing week, at the second session of the 12th edition of the International Film Lab. We had it all- intense personal work with our wonderful mentors; inspiring masterclasses with the best professionals, and peers input that made us all closer - even though we had to be apart, due to the circumstances.
We are confident that the scripts are a glimpse away from their final version, that will meet the world soon.
We pray for peace and having all our teams in Jerusalem with us in July.
We want to thank all our partners who believe in us: Beracha Foundation, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Sam Spiegel Foundation, Israel Film Fund, Carol Polakoff, Maccabi Beer, Barkan Winery


As part of the 2nd session of the Sam Spiegel Film Lab's 12th Edition, we were privileged to host a masterclass with Academy Award winner, writer and director Guy Nattiv to talk about his short film “Skin” that won the Oscar, his feature “Skin” and the process of writing and directing. His generous spirit and unique and inspirational insights were invaluable to all of our participants. Thank you Guy!


$22,000 Development Award was given by the Sam Spiegel Series Lab at the Series Mania Forum to That Hole by Orit Fouks Rotem; Adi Goral; Batya Deil and Miri Milstein, produced by Maya Fisher for Green Productions.
The jury, consisting of Anaïs de Neergaard, VP international sales BETA; Brigitte Dithard Commissioning editor SWR; and Manon Comas, Scouting & Fiction Format Acquisition Manager, Mediawan awarded That Hole the Development Prize stating: “the jury loved the original concept of a hotline in an Orthodox community serving as a vehicle of women awakening and empowering. A story about a conflict in a community, while the protagonist chooses to stay in it, despite the existential questions she confronts. We loved the respectful and compassionate attitude and the efficient and immersive pitch.”
Thanks to all of our partners who made this possible:
New Mandate Films,
United King Films, the Jerusalem Film and
Television Fund, and the Jerusalem Municipality


It’s finally happening - The Pitching Event for Sam Spiegel Series Lab, Edition 2!
After months of hard work with our dedicated mentors, seven teams will pitch their series in front of an international industry crowd, as part of the Series Mania Forum at Lille, France.
With professional pitch-decks and solid pitch-training - they are ready to meet the world!
Good Luck to all:
Orit Fouks Rotem & Adi Goral, "That Hole"
Nur Fibak & Mae Palty, "Oasis"
Shira Porat, "Moods"
Hila Elena Royzenman, "The Plasticians"
Rotem Kapelinsky, "The Subject"
Rachel Elitzur, "The Sterns"
Chen Shumowitz, "The Parasite"


Submissions are now open!
The third edition of the Sam Spiegel Series Lab is looking for the next projects - so get ready with your submissions.
The Series Lab offers an intensive development process with personal mentoring by leading industry professionals from Israel and the world. Participants will learn how to build a pitch-deck under the guidance of professional designers and will prepare a verbal pitch for exposure to the international industry.
Looking forward to reading your submissions!
Project submission is open from March 3rd to March 20th at 13:00.
For more information and to submit:
(Please note project material must be submitted in Hebrew)


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