Magazine article Screen International

World of Locations: Israel

Magazine article Screen International

World of Locations: Israel

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Israel has a thriving local film industry, as evidenced by the four Israeli productions screening at Cannes. But security fears have kept high-budget footloose films away -- for example, World War Z shot its modern-day Israel-set scenes in Malta.

Now, however, international producers are waking up to Israel's potential. The country's tourism, finance and economy ministries and Jerusalem Municipality have jointly launched a $6.3m fund to encourage international feature and TV projects to film in Jerusalem. To qualify, productions have to spend $7.1m in Israel and at least $1.4m in Jerusalem. The grant is capped at 25% of the Israeli production costs. …

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