(photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
The 5th DocAviv Galilee Festival highlights two trends: the growing excitement
in the documentary film industry and the shift in focus in the arts community
away from Tel Aviv and towards the periphery of the country.
festival takes place November 12 to 16 in Ma’alot Tarshiha, a gorgeous and
restful setting imbued with history, legend and natural beauty.
feature 30 documentary films from Israel and abroad, as well as workshops,
performances and meetings with artists.
Festival CEO Galia Bador says,
“Five years ago, DocAviv Galilee started on the periphery...
festival has become part of the scene of the yearly cultural life in the Galilee
and, at the same time, was the opening salvo of the extensive activity across
the country of the DocAviv Association.
During the last two years,
documentary film series were established in many places and are an additional
platform for artists and documentary work in Israel.”
highlights of this year’s festival will be the world premiere of Damned, a new
series by Hagai Levi, the writer/producer/ director who created the TV show In
Reality and fiction mingle in Damned, which features portraits
of a number of gifted artists and writers, among them Yona Wallach, Aviva Uri
and Pinhas Sadeh.
An important part of this year’s festival will be the
First Showing program, where artists present their works in progress to
audiences and get feedback. Tomer Heymann, the prolific documentary director who
made the award-winning films Paper Dolls, Bridge over the Wadi and I Shot My
Love, will present the film he is currently working on, Mr. Gaga, a portrait of
Ohad Naharin, the acclaimed director of the Batsheva Dance
Another film in this category is Avida Livni’s documentary about
the final concert tour of the band Kaveret.
There will also be a seminar
on collaborative filmmaking in the Digital Age, moderated by Tiffany Shlain,
documentary director, writer and founder of the Webby Award for excellence on
Inside Out is an international art project in which local
groups promote social goals with artistic action, which has been carried out in
hundreds of locations around the world. Inside Out at DocAviv Galiliee will
focus on photographic images of older women, mostly over 70, particularly women
who have always lived their lives behind the scenes, working hard and taking
care of their families. It celebrates these women’s achievements and identities
in an affectionate and respectful way.
Cloud Filmmaking, a seminar
dedicated to the exciting tools provided by technology that are now available to
filmmakers, will feature a presentation by Shlain on how to create a cinematic
method developed in a cooperative framework in which many artists from around
the world collaborate on a single project. Workshop participants will be invited
to be part of such a work in progress.
The second part of the seminar
will be devoted to presenting completed projects and the self-distribution
alternatives available to filmmakers in the Digital Age.
there will be joint workshops for Jewish and Arab children during school hours,
as well as workshops for children on creating special effects and learning how
to create videos.
There will also be a workshop on dubbing, held in
conjunction with Elrom Studios.
These are just a few of the special
events that will take place during these very busy five days. For anyone
interested in the future of documentary filmmaking, this festival is likely to
be an intense and memorable experience. It challenges the traditional notion of
the roles of festival guests, participants and organizers, with everyone getting
to try different roles and jobs.
For more information and to order
tickets, go to www.docaviv.co.il.