JERUSALEM – Israel will host its first film program for aspiring filmmakers this summer when the Jerusalem Film Workshop presents its inaugural class beginning July 6.
Taught by leading figures in the Israeli film industry, the workshop is aimed at film students from around the world. The program, the first high level film education course of its type to be based in Israel, is the initiative of Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland and Kate Rosenberg of Green Productions.
“Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular offer the types of settings that are truly ideal for storytelling and filmmaking,” Greenspan says. “Our concept is to introduce students to the country while providing them with the tools and education to express themselves through the medium of film.”
Based at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the workshop is divided into three individual courses; a month-long course offering instruction on both documentary and fiction filmmaking techniques; and two mini-courses of two weeks each that allow students to choose between documentary and fiction film courses. All courses will combine both instructional lessons with travel around the country. Participants will be provided with access to state-of-the-art cameras and filmmaking equipment.
According to Greenspan, the Workshop is intended for all levels of aspiring filmmakers. “The goal of this program is not only to give students the tools to become better artists, but to learn how to use a unique setting like Jerusalem to tell dramatic stories.”
The Workshop is being coordinated in cooperation with The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, the Maaleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Upon completion of the workshop, students will participate in the renowned Jerusalem International Film Festival.
“Jerusalem is known as a city of dialogue, opportunity and challenge and is literally an environment where at every corner there is an iconic spot that just demands to be captured by camera,” Greenspan says. “To become a truly experienced and accomplished filmmaker, this is an ideal location.”
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