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The Israeli Debut at Cannes

This year, for the first time, Israel's dynamic film industry inaugurated a pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival's International Village Pantiero.

Special activities planned for this years Israeli Pavilion include:

— A round table meeting between Israeli and international producers discussing funding for future productions.

— The Tel Aviv University Film Department will run a series of interactive virtual reality installations

— A short film retrospective

— A meeting discussing the digitization of classic Israeli films

— The Gesher Multicultural Film Fund will be holding a panel on "The Stranger in Cinema".

— A day dedicated to Israeli animation, where innovative techniques will be presented, and master classes given by Chanan Kaminsky and Yaron Shin.

— The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund, in collaboration with the Sam Spiegel and Ma'aleh Film and Television Schools, will hold an event, "Jerusalem on Screen", presenting      the activities of the Fund.

The pavilion will be headed by Ms. Eti Cohen, Director of the Israeli Film Department and Council - Ministry of Culture and Sport and inaugurated by Israel's Minister of Culture Mrs. Miri Regev, the Mayor of the city of Cannes Mr. David Lisnard, and her Excellency the Israeli Ambassador to France, Mrs. Aliza Bin-Noun.

Current Scenario of Israeli Cinema:

With a population of only 8 million people, Israel has more film schools per capita than any other country in the world.

In 1999, the Israeli parliament passed a law called THE FILM LAW, administered through the Ministry of Culture and Sport. Since 2004, this law has channeled about 150,000,000 dollars to the Israeli film industry in all its manifestations including documentary, fiction and animation.

Over the last 12 years, as a result of this support provided by the Israeli Film Funds and the Israeli Film Department and Council, Israeli cinema has produced a plethora of original and high quality films.

Many of these films have been presented at international festivals, winning top prizes and emphasizing the ingenuity and creativity of Israeli writers, directors, producers and filmmakers of all layers of the film industry.

Few of the Israeli Films that have received awards in France are:

— Oded Kotler won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival

— Keren Yedaya won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her film "My Treasure"

— Hana Laszlo won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Amos Gitai's film "Free Zone”

— Joseph Cedar won the Best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival for his film "Footnote”

— Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret won the Camera d'Or Prize for best debut feature for their film "Jellyfish"

— Menny Yaish's "God's Neighbors" won the Best First Feature award at the Cannes Director's Fortnight

— Ari Folman won the Cesar award for Best Foreign Film for "Waltz with Bashir”