Magazine article Screen International

Israel Film Industry Faces Diversity Challenge

Magazine article Screen International

Israel Film Industry Faces Diversity Challenge

Article excerpt

The Israeli film industry continues to face a diversity challenge, with women making up only around 10% of working film directors.

One person battling to improve the situation is Lior Elefant, head of lobbying organisation Women in Film and Television Israel Forum.

Established in 2012, the forum works across Israel to promote the activities of female film professionals through networking events, conferences, screenings and dialogues with the five national film funds.

One of the organisation's major endeavours has been lobbying the film funds to include an equal balance of women and men on their selection committees.

"Before, the people who picked the films were only men, and so all the films they picked were films made by men about men," says Elefant. …

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