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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

The 9th Edition of the JSFL was a great success! Top prizes went to female projects from Israel, Cyprus, and Brazil.

After a challenging year where the bulk of the Lab took place online, the closing events were hybrid allowing participants to take part both in-person and online.
A live pitching event took place in Jerusalem with Jury and decision-makers joining from around the globe. The festive awards dinner and the ceremony were held with a live audience and broadcast internationally. At the awards ceremony, three female-led projects won the top prizes. The top prize went to Oxygen by Netalie Braun, produced by Adi Bar Yossef (Israel). The Emerging Filmmaker Award was split between two worthy projects: Iris (Cyprus) by Myrsini Aristidou, produced by Nathalie Dennes; and Sisters by Marianna Brennand Fortes and produced by Carolina Benevides (Brazil).
A new additional prize this year is the FACTORY 54 Artistic Vision Award, was presented to Seven Chapters in Survival by Odeya Rosenak (Israel), produced by Marek Rozenbaum.

Three films developed at the JSFL are going on to represent their respective countries in the Oscar race.

Should The Wind Drop, by Nora Martirosyan (Armenia); Brighton 4th, by Levan Koguashvili (Georgia) and Plaza Catedral by Abner Benaim (Panama). In addition, EFA Award Nominees 2021 include films that have a strong JSFL connection: Ahed’s Knee /France, Israel; Beginning/ Georgia; Brother’s Keeper/ Turkey; Here We Are/ Italy, Israel