Israeli film has achieved a significant international presence in recent years. What's less well known is that many of the award-winning directors, writers and producers are graduates of Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Film and Television School.

Situated in a nondescript grey building on the university's Ramat Aviv campus, where cats lurk in the basement corridors and studios are packed with what at first glance appears to be mounds of junk, academics and former students of the film school appreciate their alma mater's encouragement of “a free spirit” combined with “discipline.“ There are a number of film schools in Israel, including the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Sapir College in Ashkelon, and the Ma'ale School of Television and the Arts, which is the only religious film school in the country. Founded in 1972, however, TAU's film school is the oldest in the country, and the only one that is part of a university.

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