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  • Son of Saul

    László Nemes Director: 2013 Year of lab participation: 2 Lab edition: Hungary Country: Gabor Sipos Producer: Son of Saul A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial. Synopsis Cannes Film Festival 2015 - Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, François Chalais Award, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist American Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Golden Globes 2016 - Best Motion Picture in Foreign Language BAFTA Awards 2017 - Best Film not in the English Language Palm Springs International Film Festival 2016 - Directors to Watch Polish Film Awards 2017 - Best European Film Sarajevo Film Festival 2015 Telluride Film Festival 2015 Toronto International Film Festival 2015 Festivals & Awards 2015 Year of release: Trailer IMDb PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • FILM LAB | JSFL

    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. ABOUT THE FILM LAB The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab supplies filmmakers with creative oxygen- time, mentorship, and deadlines. It consists of three main sessions: OUR METHOD SESSION 1 SESSION 2 SESSION 3 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. MENTORS DECISION MAKERS JURY PARTICIPANTS AND PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • Nayef Hammoud and Gal Rosenbluth

    Add a Title Add a Title Send Send Efrat Dror Producers: Gal Rosenbluth , Nayef Hammoud Non-Issue Lab Edition 1 ​ PITCH LOGLINE Fed up with the judgements of others, a millennial Israeli-Palestinian couple escapes to Berlin in the hopes of starting over with a clean slate. But as they build their lives in their new city, they discover they can’t run from their identities. SYNOPSIS Non-Issue is a Palestinian-Israeli dramedy that starts with a one-night stand gone wrong on a beach in Haifa and ends in Berlin. The series follows NAOMI, 27, and ALA, 28, an Israeli-Jewish woman and an Arab with an Israeli passport, who both live in Israel and believe that, in 2022, their relationship is no big deal. But reality reminds them at every turn that it is. Their relationship is put to the test by gossipy friends, parents who forget their liberal values when it comes to their daughter, an ex-fiancé who is also a rising political star on the Israeli left, ecstasy-induced anxiety attacks in Ramallah, a stolen car in Hebron, and the “Morning After” pill. The journey strengthens their love but isolates them from the people closest to them. Finally, they realize that, if they wish to be a “normal couple,” they have no choice but to leave their country. But in Berlin, faced with the hardships of immigration and alienation, each of them clings to the one thing they are familiar with — their identity. This is when the politics of the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict invade their love life and drive them apart. Ala befriends people from the Arab world, from countries he could never have gone to: Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia and others. He volunteers at an NGO for Syrian refugees, which is where he meets MAY, a Lebanese-German woman. He falls in love with her and with the Arab world. Meanwhile, Naomi finds her dream job at an Israeli art gallery in Berlin. Her work strengthens her Zionism, as she works at “marketing” Israel. Meanwhile, Germany is becoming less tolerant towards the waves of immigration. Naomi is safe because of her dual Israeli-Polish citizenship, but Ala loses his legal status. They are pushed farther apart. Their relationship finally comes to a head at a gala event at the Israeli gallery, in front of everyone present. Ala moves out of their apartment and gets in trouble with the police, which puts him at risk for deportation. Naomi suggests a deal: a fake wedding. Strictly business. Ala agrees. They get married at the Berlin City Hall, and break up in real life. But then, just before they say goodbye for the last time, their lawyer lets them know they have to keep living together, to keep up appearances for the immigration authorities. ; WRITER'S STATEMENT ​ PRODUCER'S STATEMENT ​ LOOKING FOR ​ Back To Participants HOME SERIES LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY ADVISORY BOARD PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS

  • Apprentice

    Junfeng Boo Director: 2013 Year of lab participation: 2 Lab edition: Singapore Country: Raymond Phathanavirangoon Producer: Apprentice Inevitably, a transfer to a maximum security prison will eventually challenge the integrity and ethics of a young correctional officer on his way to become a chief executioner. Synopsis Cannes Film Festival 2016 Toronto International Film Festival 2016 BFI London Film Festival 2016 QCinema International Film Festival 2016 - Best Picture (Asian Next Wave) Hawaii International Film Festival 2016 - Narrative Feature Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 Fribourg International Film Festival 2017 - Critic's Choice Award, Grand Prix Asian Film Awards 2017 - Best Editor St. Louis International Film Festival 2016 - Best Feature Festivals & Awards 2017 Year of release: Trailer IMDb PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • Talitha Kumi

    LANGUAGE ​ ​ GENRE ​ ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ​ ​ ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ​ DIRECTOR'S NOTE SYNOPSIS ​ ​ David Mandil SCENE PITCH David Mandil Producer: ​ & Hadar Morag Talitha Kumi 6 Lab Edition: , Year 2017 Back To Participants PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • Too Late to Die Young

    Dominga Sotomayor Director: 2012 Year of lab participation: 1 Lab edition: Chile Country: Rebeca Gutiérrez Producer: Too Late to Die Young During the summer of 1990 in Chile, people begin to feel a growing sense of freedom and three teenagers face their first loves and fears. Synopsis Locarno Film Festival 2018 Toronto International Film Festival 2018 BFI London Film Festival 2018 AFI Fest 2018 Rotterdam International Film Festival 2019 - KNF Award Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2019 - Best Director Award FICUMAN Festival International de Cine UNAM 2019 - Best Director Gijón International Film Festival 2018 - Best Director, Best Cinematography Festivals & Awards 2018 Year of release: Trailer IMDb PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • Shira Porat

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  • "Non-Issue" wins Paramount Drama Prize at MIA Market

    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 NEWS ITEM PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB SERIES LAB TEAM NEWS

  • Girls Will Be Girls

    LANGUAGE English, Hindi Coming of age GENRE Production Budget $550,000 Secured funds $ 102,300 Pushing Buttons, Crawling Angel Films, New York State Council for the Arts ​PRODUCTION BUDGET Production Company Crawling Angel Films, Delhi, India Pushing Buttons Studio, Mumbai, India Dolce Vita Films, Paris, France shuchifilm@gmail.com +1 626 484 9362 Producer profile Producer, India Sanjay Gulati founded Crawling Angel Films in 2014 and has produced internationally recognized films such as Lajwanti (Berlinale 2014), Ashwathama (Busan 2017), Once Again (Netflix 2018), Pearl of the Desert (IDFA 2019), Nimtoh (Rotterdam 2020), The Shepherdess and Seven Songs (Berlinale 2020, New Directors / New Films). Producer, India Richa Chadha is an actor, writer, and producer known for her work in films like Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur (Cannes 2013) for which she won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Chadha starred in Cannes selection in Masaan (2015), and worked with director Mira Nair in the anthology Words with Gods (Venice 2014). In 2020, Chadha started Pushing Buttons Films with Ali Fazal. Producer, France Claire Chassagne Dolce Vita Films was founded by Marc Irmer. Company credits include Hotel Harabati, (Berlinale) Unwanted Witness (Toronto, Sundance), Las Niñas Quispe (Venice), and Karlovy Vary grand prize winner Le Grand Cahier. Dolce Vita’s Indian film Sunrise by Partho Sen Gupta, screened in Busan, Sitges, and Tribeca. Their recent A Son by Mehdi Barsaoui premiered at Venice Orizzonti. ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE Director’s Note GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS is set in a conservative Hindu school much like my school where we started each day with a pledge to “preserve our ageless Indian culture and conform to the way of life prescribed by it.” As I sprouted breasts, I understood that ‘Indian culture’ was the reason my skirt had to be long and my behavior demure. We were being taught to be ashamed of our bodies and sexuality while male sexuality was allowed to express itself, often in aggression towards us. Meanwhile, real female bodies and female desire were also erased from our screens. Breasts and butts were hypersexualized as women gyrated for the male gaze. But vaginas, menstruation, pubic hair, etc. were absent or treated with embarrassment and revulsion. The effect of this erasure is to cast our bodies as something shameful. It teaches us to be compliant and afraid of our body, sexuality and voice. Despite this, all around me I saw fierce, funny women who subverted social and moral codes. In GIRLS I wanted to write about these women who populated my life but not my screens. In GIRLS, Mira and her mother Anila are sexual, embodied beings with secretions and desires. Mira examines her vagina in a mirror, masturbates by rubbing up against a teddy bear and orchestrates her first sexual encounter. Anila shuns the self-sacrificing, asexual roles mothers are relegated to. She envies her daughter’s figure and boyfriend and pursues her desires with fervor. But even though GIRLS is a close observation of gender roles, sexuality, and patriarchy, it makes no thesis statement. The women in this film are not essentialized by their identities as Indian women, nor are they stand-ins for entire communities whose stories enlighten us about a social issue. I want Mira and Anila to represent only their singular selves as they experience love, disillusionment and envy. Because this is how their stories will also be universal—a luxury mostly reserved for characters from dominant cultures. DIRECTOR'S NOTE SYNOPSIS Follows the journey of 16 year old Mira, whose sexy, rebellious coming of age is disrupted by her young mother who never got to come of age herself. Richa Chadda Sanjay Gulati SCENE PITCH Sanjay Gulati Producer: ​ & Shuchi Talati Girls Will Be Girls 9 Lab Edition: , Year 2021 Back To Participants PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • Protected species

    LANGUAGE ​ ​ GENRE ​ ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ​ ​ ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ​ DIRECTOR'S NOTE SYNOPSIS ​ ​ Katya Trichkova SCENE PITCH Katya Trichkova Producer: ​ & Hristo Simeonov Protected species 7 Lab Edition: , Year 2018 Back To Participants PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • Should the Wind Drop

    Nora Martirosyan Director: 2014 Year of lab participation: 3 Lab edition: Armenia Country: Dan Burlac Producer: Should the Wind Drop An engineer must decide whether to reopen the airport in Nagorno Karabakh. Synopsis Toronto International Film Festival 2020 AFI Fest 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020 - First Feature Special Mention Cannes Film Festival 2021 Jerusalem Film Festival 2021 Festivals & Awards 2020 Year of release: Trailer IMDb PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB WHO'S WHO MENTORS JURY SCOUTS AND PITCHING DECISION MAKERS PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ

  • 6 Films from the Lab's 9 Edition Are on Their Way

    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 NEWS ITEM PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS PARTICIPATION REGULATION SERIES LAB PARTICIPANTS MENTORS PROFESSIONAL GUESTS JURY PARTICIPATION APPLICATION RULES & REGULATIONS FAQ SERIES LAB FILM LAB MENTORS JURY DECISION MAKERS SCOUTS AND PITCHING PARTICIPANTS & PROJECTS LAB FILMS PARTICIPATION APPLICATION PARTICIPANTS OBLIGATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS FILM FAQ FILM LAB HOME TEAM NEWS LABS HOME FILM LAB SERIES LAB TEAM NEWS

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