UK culture minister Ed Vaizey and ambassador Daniel Taub 311.
(photo credit: Yakir Zur)
LONDON – A delegation of leading players from the British and Israel film
industries met in London on Tuesday to celebrate the recently ratified UK-Israel
Film Co-production Treaty and to exchange ideas to set the agreement in
Meeting at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in
central London, in the presence of UK Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and Israeli
ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, it was announced that a co-produced film was
already in the making.
Gareth Unwin, the Academy Award winning producer
behind The King’s Speech
, and Israeli director Eran Riklis, who received
worldwide acclaim for his film Lemon Tree
, announced that pre-production has
started on a film titled Zaytoun. Both spoke of the possibilities and
opportunities the treaty will bring to both British and Israeli
“Multi-party co-productions are notoriously difficult to
structure, with this new treaty we have a great template for how we might all
collaborate,” Unwin said.
The treaty provides the legal framework for
joint British-Israeli film productions, helping British and Israeli filmmakers
share talent and resources, while also paving the way for co-produced films to
qualify for tax incentives in both countries.
The agreement emphasizes
reciprocity, enabling a balance of cultural benefits and filmmaking
The agreement was signed by UK Foreign Secretary William
Hague and his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman in Israel last November,
marking a milestone in the cultural cooperation between the two
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“The treaty will help the UK and Israeli film industries to
work together,” Hague said at the time. “We look forward to our filmmakers
producing films together that reflect the creativity and diversity of both our
More than 100 leading lights from the British and Israeli
film communities attended the London event, organized by the Israeli
Delegates from Israel included Israel Film Fund director Katriel
Schory; Talia Kleinhedler, producer of the Oscar-nominated film Ajami
Rozenbaum, one of Israel’s most experienced film-makers; and acclaimed director
The delegation was supported by the British Israeli Arts
Training Scheme, a British Council initiative in partnership with Israel’s
Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Culture and Sport.
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