Magazine article Screen International

Haifa Film Festival Creates English-Language Script Development Programme (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Haifa Film Festival Creates English-Language Script Development Programme (Exclusive)

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The Haifa Script Distillery will support Israeli writers.

Haifa International Film Festival

Israel’s Haifa International Film Festival (September 22 - October 1) has launched a script development programme called the Haifa Script Distillery to support Israeli writers to develop English-language film and TV scripts.

The initiative has been unveiled during this year’s festival where 20 projects chosen from 400 entries are being presented (See full list below). Six to eight works will be shortlisted and will each receive a development grant of 50,000 NIS ($14,000). Each writer will be mentored and receive training from tutors and supporting partners.

Once fully developed, the selected works will be presented to an industry panel of international commissioners at the Innovative TV Conference (INTV) in Jerusalem in March 2019.

The programme is created by New York-based development, production and finance company Tadmor Entertainment, together with Israeli producer and distributor Keshet International, financing and sales company Endeavour Content and Israeli film fund The Rabinovich Foundation.

The artistic directors for the programme are Guilhad Emilio Schenker of Tadmor Entertainment, Yuval Horowitz and Adi Ezroni. Ruth Lev-Ari will curate the selection.

Festival competition

The festival has also augmented its partnership with New York-based media financing fund BCL Finance Group that makes BCL the festival’s principal commercial sponsor. In a total contribution worth $1.5m, BCL is sponsoring the prizes for the three main competition categories and is providing completion financing for three additional films. …

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