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Sam Spiegel included in Hollywood Reporter top 15 film school list

Jerusalem school commended for new campus, preparatory program for Arabic speakers and Series Lab initiative

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Making movies at Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel Film School, which was included in top 15 global film schools by Hollywood Reporter in August 2023. (Courtesy: Yossi Zveker)
Making movies at Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel Film School, which was included in top 15 global film schools by Hollywood Reporter in August 2023. (Courtesy: Yossi Zveker)

Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film School was included in the Hollywood Reporter list of the best global film schools of 2023.

It’s the seventh year in a row that Sam Spiegel is included in the prestigious list, along with film schools in Australia, China, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, UK, Denmark, Czech Republic and Toronto.

The Hollywood Reporter named the school’s new downtown campus, its preparatory program for Arabic speakers from East Jerusalem and its practical approach to filmmaking, with about 75 percent of its graduates employed in the entertainment industry, as part of its educational success.

The listing also pointed to Sam Spiegel’s Series Lab initiative, backed by Netflix and Paramount, and partnering Israeli creators with international television professionals to develop series, as one of its best programs.

Sam Spiegel director Dana Blankstein Cohen said the listing was a tremendous honor for the school.

Blankstein Cohen also mentioned future plans to open the school’s internal movie theaters to the public as an additional cultural center in downtown Jerusalem.

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