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"This is an exciting time to be sitting where you are"

is how Netflix executive Larry Tanz opened an enlightening and engaging evening with our students and alumni, referring to the opportunity of being a student and creator in these times.

Larry Tanz, Vice President Europe Middle East and Africa Series and Anna Nagler, Director Local Language Series, Central and Eastern Europe, visited the School for an exclusive talk moderated by writer-director Asaf Bernstein (Fauda) on the topic of Netflix and authentic storytelling.

10th Annual Pitching Event!

After eight months of intensive work on their scripts with top-notch mentors, 11 international and Israeli projects were pitched in front of an audience of international decision makers and local industry professionals.
This year’s festivities took place in conjunction with the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Industry Days. The international jury this year included jury chair Semaine de la Critique artistic director, Ava Cahen; Kirsten Niehuus, CEO Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; László Csuja , Writer/director, Hungary; Noa Regev, CEO, Israel Film Fund and award-winning producer Alexander Rodnyansky.

To wathc the all pitch and the scenes please click here:

The JSFL's outstanding mentors are Clare Downs, Thomas Hailer, Jacques Akchoti and Eran Riklis.

JSFL alum Yona Rozenkier and his producer Kobi Mizrachi winning best Israeli Feature at the 2022 Jerusalem Film Festival

So proud of our JSFL alum Yona Rozenkier and his producer Kobi Mizrachi for winning the Haggiag Award for best Israeli Feature at the 2022 Jerusalem Film Festival.
35 Downhill was developed at our 2016 Lab. Good job guys! Can't wait to see more from this team!

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Submission for the 1st edition of the Series Lab is open for the first time!

The Sam Spiegel Series Lab supported by Netflix and VicomCBS - VIS is starting soon, and it's time to consolidate your projects and submit them!

Selected projects will get, personal mentoring from local and international television industry professionals. As part of the Lab, participants will learn to build a pitch deck (visual pitch) accompanied by professional designers and will undergo preparation for verbal pitching to present the projects to professionals from Israel and the world.

Waiting to read your stories for TV series.

The submission is open until 8.3 at 12:00 noon.

For more details and to submission:

Good luck!

11th Edition of the Film Lab opens next week!

The Sam Spiegel International Film Lab has selected the 11th edition lineup which includes projects from Italy; Greece; North Macedonia; France/Belgium; Hungary; Sweden and Israel. Looking forward to welcoming everyone in Jerusalem. Let the work begin...!

Calling Israeli filmmakers - the 12th edition of the JSFL

Do you want to work with the best script editors in the world? If you are an Israeli filmmaker working on your first or second feature - the call for submissions to our international film lab is open until June 22th.
Over 11 years of groundbreaking cinema!

Celebrating 10 years of groundbreaking international cinema - The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Launches its celebratory 10th Edition.

JSFL has selected the 12 promising filmmakers that will participate in the 10th edition. The lineup includes projects from Malta, Belgium, Albania, Finland, Germany as well as Israel, from gifted writers/directors working on their first/second narrative feature films. JSFL writing sessions will be conducted both in-person and online.

The full 2022 lineup:

After Dark (Fr-Albania)
Dir. Erik Beqiri
Prod. Olivier Berlemont, Origine Films (Fr), On Film Production (Al)

American Ice Cream (Isr)
Dir. Oshri Zeituni
Prod. Kobi Azran, Kobi Azran Productions

Birth Right (Isr)
Dir. Inbar Horesh
Prod. Maya Fischer, Green Productions

Come Baby (Isr)
Dir. Yair Agmon
Prod. Tal Becher, Yalla Films

Debts (Isr)
Dir. Roni Kuban
Producer. David Mandil, Movie Plus Productions

Elka’s Not A Shiksa (Isr)
Dir. Aleeza Chanowitz
Prod. Alona Refua, Green Productions

Fist Fights (Bel)
Dir. Catherine Cosme
Prod. Julie Esparbes, Hélicotronc

Flehmen Response (Ger)
Dir. Lillah Halla
Prod. Julia Niethammer, Chromosom Film

Milk & Honey (Is)
Scr. Lev Brodinsky
Prod. Yael Perlov and Alma Ben-Zeev

Red Gold (It-Bel)
Dir. Mathieu Volpe
Prod. Delphine Tomson, Les Films du Fleuve

Trance Mountain (Den)
Dir. Illum Jacobi
Prod. Katja Adomeit, Adomeit Film

Zejtune (Malta-US)
Dir. Alex Camilleri
Prods. Ramin Bahrani, Noruz Films, Rebecca Anastasi, Luzzu

Congratulations to JSFL alumni who have been selected for L’Atelier- Cannes Film Festival 2022 for promising projects:

Congratulations to JSFL alumni who have been selected for L’Atelier- Cannes Film Festival 2022 for promising projects:
Ihab Jadallah (edition 9) with his project developed in the lab, Michal Vinik (edition 1), and Levan Koguashvili winner of WIP (edition 8) of the film lab.
We are proud of you and wish you the best of luck.

Introducing the new JSFL Series Lab

Introducing the new JSFL Series Lab

The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School is launching the inaugural Series Lab supported by Netflix and ViacomCBS International Studios. The Series Lab follows on from the acclaimed Sam Spiegel Film Lab now in its 10th year. This new Series Lab is a natural extension of the educational vision of the JSFS which has a long track record of nurturing local talent and will support the development of scripted series by young creators based in Israel. The Series Lab aims to provide the support and networks to help participants thrive in the global scripted television market.

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Masterclass with Juho Kuosmanen

we were blessed to have a screening and masterclass with Juho Kuosmanen- whose Compartment No 6 is on the 2022 Oscar shortlist!
Best of luck from your friends in Jerusalem!

New Year - New Edition!

A big welcome to our participants from near and far- from Italy, Greece, North Macedonia, Belgium, France, Sweden, Hungary and Israel.
We begin our 11th edition with a full work-week in Jerusalem.

Our Labs have a new director!

We are proud to welcome Mor Eldar as new director. Ms. Eldar is a seasoned content VP, with more than two decades of experience in senior management in the Film and TV industries. From launching and directing the Holon Cinematheque, through VP of programing and commissioning editor of films at YES Satellite TV and heading theatrical marketing and distribution at LEV Cinemas, she is highly experienced in content and strategy and will be a real asset to the JSFL.

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