Jerusalem film workshop courts international students

Jerusalem film workshop courts international students

Intensive 2- or 4-week moviemaking course, held in conjunction with the Jerusalem Film Festival, is designed for students from abroad

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

A film student - illustrative (camera.)
A film student - illustrative (camera.)

In yet another sign of Jerusalem’s desire to position itself as a magnet for international film and television productions, the city will host its first-ever international film course in conjunction with its film fest this summer.

The Jerusalem Film Workshop, a brainchild of production house Green Productions, will court film students from around the world, selling both Israeli film expertise and the stunning backdrops of the nation’s capital as an ideal setting for an intensive month or half-month of classes.

Three tracks are available for students: four weeks of classes, which will be packaged alongside travel throughout the country and the ability to produce two short films; and two shorter tracks, each two weeks long, in fiction and documentary filmmaking, respectively. They won’t come cheap: The full-length program costs around $6,000 and the shorter programs go for $4,550 each.

According to the program’s website, students will have the chance to hobnob with top figures in the Israeli film industry, network and make friends with students at local Israeli film schools, take courses in camera work, editing and storytelling, and visit sites including Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, Masada and the Old City.

The workshops will launch on July 6. The Jerusalem International Film Festival will run from July 10-20, 2014.

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