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  • Chao (CHACO)

    Diego Mondaca Director: 2013 Year of lab participation: 2 Lab edition: Bolivia Country: Adrian Saba Producer: Chao (CHACO) In 1934, Bolivia is at war with Paraguay. Liborio and Ticona and other Bolivian indigenous soldiers are lost in the hell of the Chaco, under the commandment of German Captain Kundt. They're looking for the Paraguayan enemy that they haven't seen for months, and that they will never find. They leave together in a search that will make them realize, progressively, the destiny they have been pushed into and the inevitable condition of a defeated troop. They're walking like shadows, wandering forever in the middle of dust and silence. Synopsis Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020 Hamburg Film Festival 2020 Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón 2020 Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film Lab 2013 - 2nd Prize Winner 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

  • Projects from JSFL 11th Edition Heading to the Berlinale Co-Production Market

    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 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

  • Imperial Dreams

    Malik Vitthal Director: 2012 Year of lab participation: 1 Lab edition: USA Country: Katherine Fairfax Wright Producer: Imperial Dreams A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles. Synopsis Sundance Film Festival 2014 New Orleans Film Festival 2014 - Best Narrative Feature Mill Valley Film Festival 2014 - US Cinema Indie Gold Award Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Special Jury Recognition for Feature Narrative Florida Film Festival 2015 - Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Ashland Independent Film Festival 2015 - Best Feature, Varsity Audience Award for Narrative Feature Festivals & Awards 2014 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

  • Curtain Call

    Curtain Call Elinor Nechemya, Sivan Gal Boico Producers Aurit Zamir, Yoav Roeh Lab Edition 12 , 2024 SCENE PITCH Production Gum Films LTD Country Israel SYNOPSIS Dekel, a fringe director in her mid-thirties, gets a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity- to direct a new cabaret at a renowned repertory theater. Everything runs smoothly until her estranged father is released from jail earlier than expected, and messages her that he is coming to the premiere. Horrified by his unwelcomed reappearance in her life, Dekel confronts him, hoping to finally put this painful chapter of her life behind. But instead, a shameful, unspoken longing for her abusive father resurfaces, forcing her to confront the true nature of her trauma, and the ways in which it shaped her. DIRECTOR'S NOTE The film’s cinematic language is violent and direct, whilst the images created offer a pathway to raw emotions and a deep-seeded sense of longing. The theatrical world serves as an alternative fantasy, a crack through which memories leak into reality. The shifts between the rehearsals’ protected, intimate space,and the grandiose cabaret scenes create tension, disrupting the film’s tone and tempo, mirroring Dekel’s soul. Dekel’s freefall story is also the story of a space changing from a space of enablement, to a space of drowning. And just like the space itself, Dekel’s point of view changes before our eyes, shifting on the elusive continuum between a woman and a child. A continuum which, once accepted, carries the possibility of salvation. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS ○ Elinor Nechemya | Director Elinor Nechemya is a Tel-Aviv based director and screenwriter. Her latest short film If It Ain’t Broke (2021) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique. Her previous short films "Our Hearts Beat Like War" (2020) and "Everlasting Mom" (2017) both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and screened in various festivals including Locarno, Sarajevo, and Palm Springs. Alongside "Curtain Call" , Elinor is also working on her feature "Island", which participated in the 2021 Sam Spiegel Film Lab and in the NEXT STEP program of the Semaine de la Critique. ○ Sivan Gal Boico | Screenwriter A graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Sivan is an active screenwriter, playwright and theater director. Her screenwriting work includes the acclaimed youth series "The Policeman’s Daughter" for TeenNick/YES, and the hit youth series "Full Speed" for TeenNick/HOT. Her short film "Orange" won the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund Development Award, and is due to be produced in 2025. Between 1998-2009 Sivan wrote and directed for theater in Australia. Her works were staged in various theaters and galleries, winning her the Melbourne International Arts Festival Young Playwright Award, as well as a Green Room Award nomination for her play The Cool Room, staged in Melbourne and Sydney. PRODUCERS Aurit Zamir, Yoav Roeh Gum Films is a Tel-Aviv-based production company. Founders and owners, Yoav Roeh and Aurit Zamir graduated from the prestigious Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, and have been in the art and business of making movies for two decades, with a passion for meaningful, genre-bending films. Films include "Delegation" which premiered at Berlinale 2023 and The Future which premiered at Tribeca 2023, as well as the award-winning film "Aisa", starring Shira Haas, which won the Nora Ephron Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2020 and nine Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film. Series include "The Missing File" (2 seasons for Kan11, sold for US remake) and "For God’s Sake" (Kan 11). Aurit created and wrote "The Truth" (for Kan11). The series sold to Canal+, AMC, Be TV and more. ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ○ Gum Films, Tel Aviv ○ office@gumfilms.com ○ +972 52 6010403 ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ○Total budget: 1,450,000 USD ○ Confirmed budget and source: 15,000 USD development grant, Israel Film Fund. Participated in the WomanFilms Narrative Film Hub initiated by the New Fund for Cinema & TV LANGUAGE Hebrew GENRE Drama 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

  • The Vanishing Soldier

    The Vanishing Soldier Dani Rosenberg Producer Chilik Michaeli Lab Edition 2 , 2013 SCENE PITCH Production ​ Country Israel SYNOPSIS Eighteen-year-old Israeli soldier flees back to his girlfriend in Tel Aviv only to discover that the military elite is convinced he was kidnapped in the fog of war. DIRECTOR'S NOTE ​ ABOUT THE FILMMAKER ​ PRODUCER Chilik Michaeli ​ ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ​ ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ​ LANGUAGE ​ GENRE ​ 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

  • Checkpoints

    Checkpoints Rita Borodiyanski Producer Osnat Saraga Lab Edition 11 , 2023 SCENE PITCH Production Ananey Studios Country Israel SYNOPSIS The story of a young Israeli woman, daughter of first-generation immigrants, who grew in a poor neighborhood and decides to complete her army service in the Tulkarm checkpoints in order to qualify for the bonus release grant - with which she could both support her parents and fulfill her boyfriend's dream of starting a new life in Miami. But somehow, against all odds, it is in the hellish reality of the West Bank checkpoints that she is exposed to an alternate life, and begins to follow her own dreams. DIRECTOR'S NOTE I grew up in a poor neighborhood, hung out with a bad crowd and was in an extremely toxic relationship. My immigrant parents, who didn't have the tools or knowledge to help me, asked me to enlist in the army - in hopes that my service would be a ticket out of the neighborhood. My incentive was qualifying for the increased release grant combatants were entitled to. Terms such as "the occupation", "apartheid" and even "Palestinian" meant little to nothing to me, much like the vast majority of soldiers serving the checkpoints. Soon enough I found myself serving in the Tulkarem checkpoints. Most of the soldiers came from poor neighborhoods and difficult backgrounds. The only thing we cared about was our own survival. Morals were the luxury of elitist rich-kids, and those were never recruited to the checkpoints. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Rita has directed three short films which have been nominated and received awards in international festivals around the world. She was also nominated for the Best Casting Award at the 201 Ofir Awards for her work on ‘The House On Pin Street. Checkpoints is Rita’s first full length feature, and has received the award for second place in the 2020 Haifa International Pitching Forum, was featured in the 2021 Ronit Elkabetz’s residency program in cooperation with the Israeli Directors Union, was selected to represent Israel and won third place in the 2023 International Women’s Cinema Pitching Forum and won second place in the Cyprus International Film Festival, which was focused on Middle Eastern cinema. Currently Rita is working on a new television series, Crossing the Line, produced by Ananey Communication for KAN 11. PRODUCER Osnat Saraga Osnat Saraga is SVP of Development & Production at Ananey Studios, is one of Israel's most experienced and beloved TV & film producers. Osnat has won 13 Israeli TV Academy Awards. Putting Ananey on the map as an innovator and elevating the company’s reputation in the local and international scenes as the go-to quality content producer. Osnat is responsible for some of Israel’s most successful productions in all genres; and most notably recently as executive producing Ananey’s Greenhouse Academy for Netflix and Malevolent Bride for Kan and A+E Studios. ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE Production company: Ananey Studios Address Raul Wallenberg 24, Tel Aviv Telephone 0525424285 Email Osnat.Saraga@paramount.com Ananey Studios is an award-winning Tel Aviv based studio that develops and produces inventive content spanning a variety of genres and target demos from live-action preschool shows to high-concept dramas, kids’ and teens’ must-watch TV shows, sitcoms, animation, documentaries, lifestyle programs and formats. ​PRODUCTION BUDGET Estimated Budget in USD: $1073000 Rabinovitch film fund development grant 15000 dollars LANGUAGE Hebrew, Russian, Spanish GENRE Drama 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

  • Boaz Frenkel

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  • "Come Closer" Wins Tribeca Viewpoints Award

    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.” Congratulations! "Come Closer" Wins Tribeca Viewpoints Award 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

  • Tomorrow is a long time

    Tomorrow is a long time Jow Zhi Wei Producer Fran Borgia Lab Edition 5 , 2016 SCENE PITCH Production ​ Country Singapore SYNOPSIS A middle-aged widower whose relationship with his sensitive teenage son in the densely packed spaces of contemporary Singapore slowly becomes unbearable. DIRECTOR'S NOTE ​ ABOUT THE FILMMAKER ​ PRODUCER Fran Borgia ​ ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ​ ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ​ LANGUAGE ​ GENRE ​ 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

  • Drifting Snows

    Drifting Snows Aygul Bakanova Producer Altynai Koichumanova Lab Edition 3 , 2014 SCENE PITCH Production ​ Country Kyrgystan SYNOPSIS ​ DIRECTOR'S NOTE ​ ABOUT THE FILMMAKER ​ PRODUCER Altynai Koichumanova ​ ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ​ ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ​ LANGUAGE ​ GENRE ​ 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

  • My Heart My Enemy

    My Heart My Enemy Teresa Zofia Czepiec, Maciej Sobieszczański Producer Mikołaj Pokromski Lab Edition: 12 , 2024 SCENE PITCH Production Pokromski Studio, Poland; Iota Production, Belgium Country Poland, Belgium SYNOPSIS A 9-year-old girl named Sara travels alone from Poland to Belgium in search of her mother, Joanna. When they reunite, Sara discovers that Joanna has created a new family, but she is nonetheless determined to fight for her mother’s love by any means. As it turns out, Joanna has a dark secret of her own, and one day she disappears again. As a result of this emotional rollercoaster, Sara starts to question her sense of belonging to her mother and tries to find her own place in the Belgian family. DIRECTOR'S NOTE Telling stories about varied experiences of motherhood is important to me. Growing up in Belgium and Poland, I understand the cultural, religious, and political differences this subject may reveal. A mother leaving her child can be one of the decisions she makes. In My Heart My Enemy, we delve into what happens next, in the child's mind and heart. This film explores the power and mystery of a child's unconditional love and the need to belong. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS ○ Teresa Zofia Czepiec | Director-Writer Born in Belgium, is a Polish film director and screenwriter. Through her films, she tells stories of people living in conflict between the individual and society. Her documentary Superunit has been shown at over 90 festivals worldwide and has won many prestigious awards. Her prize at the It's All True Film Festival qualified the film for the Oscar preliminary list. She studied architecture, film directing (WRiTV Katowice, Poland), and visual arts (Le Fresnoy, France). ○ Maciej Sobieszczański | Co-Writer Maciej Sobieszczański, a director and screenwriter, has won many international awards, including the Think: The Award at Berlinale 2015 for Performer. His film The Reconciliation received the First Look award at the Locarno International Film Festival and Best Directing at the Montreal IFF in 2017. His latest film Brother is awaiting its premiere. ABOUT THE CO-WRITER ​ PRODUCER Mikołaj Pokromski Polish film producer, CEO of Pokromski Studio and member of German, Polish and European Film Academy. He graduated from German-French Film Academy at Film Academy in Baden-Württemberg and La Fémis - Paris. In the last few years he has produced both documentary and feature films. POKROMSKI STUDIO Established in Poland in 1992 Pokromski Studio (Too Old for Fairy Tales, Marie Curie, The Whale from Lorino) specializes in international co-productions and production services. The company works with experienced filmmakers and emerging talents, bringing together film production for wide audience and arthouse cinema projects. Pokromski Studio has worked with production companies, such as: Constantin Film AG, X-Filme Creative Pool from Berlin, Agitprop from Sofia, Loopline Film from Dublin and Oktober Oy from Helsinki. ​PRODUCTION COMPANY PROFILE ○ mikolaj@pokromskistudio.pl ○ 0048 502 587 387 ○ www.pokromskistudio.pl ​PRODUCTION BUDGET ○ Total budget: 1,485,625 USD ○ Confirmed budget and source: 646,867 USD (Polish Film Institute 495,209 USD / Next Film - Polish distributor MG 61,901 USD / Belgian co-producer Iota Production 27,855 USD / Polish producer Pokromski Studio own contribution 61,902 USD) LANGUAGE Polish, German, French GENRE Drama, Psychological Thriller 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 12TH EDITION CATALOGUE GREETINGS 12TH EDITION PARTICIPANTS AND PROJECTS JURY MENTORS LAB FILMS

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