(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
There are a lot of eager, aspiring screenwriters out there, but their problem is
how to write truly high-quality scripts. The Sam Spiegel School for Film and
Television in Jerusalem will help a select group of screenwriters by offering an
International Film Lab for Screenwriters, which will give $80,000 worth of
grants to outstanding young screenwriters from Israel and around the
This program, the fourth of its kind in the world, is modeled on
successful film labs that have been run at Sundance, the Torino Film Festival
and the Binger Institute in Amsterdam.
The Jerusalem program, created by
Sam Spiegel School founder and director Renen Schorr, will have an annual budget
of $350,000. Schorr will run the lab with Avishay Kahana, a recent Sam Spiegel
The lab will work each year over a seven-month period. Twelve
directors who are writing their scripts either with a partner or alone will
receive instruction from worldclass film script editors.
Eight of these
directors will be from abroad and four will be from Israel. The aspiring
directors will develop their scripts with this assistance, and eventually
several scripts will receive production grants and other support.
members of the international advisory committee include Olivier Pere (Locarno
Film Festival), Georges Goldenstern (Cinéfondation, Cannes Film Festival), Sonja
Heinen (director of Co-Production Market, Berlinale World Cinema Fund), Alesia
Weston (Sundance Institute- Feature Film Program, International), Savina
Neirotti (Torino Film Lab), Anthony Bergman (producer, New York) and Katriel
Schory (Israel Film Fund).
The Israeli committee will be chaired by
Schorr and will include Kahana, Yoram Honig (Jerusalem Film Fund) and Dolin
Melnik (Israel State Lottery-Mifal Hapayis).For information on how to
apply for the program, go to the Sam Spiegel website at