Jerusalem Film Workshop
Founded in 2014, The Jerusalem Film Workshop is a 4-6-week summer program in Israel, designed for talented young filmmakers from all over the world. 24 selected participants will get a once in a lifetime experience, being guided by some of Israel’s top filmmakers, to take their skills to the next level, while creating an original short film on the best documentary film set in the world - Jerusalem.
If the COVID situation does not allow for the program to take place in person or if a quarantine is required, the program will proceed but may be entirely remote or hybrid (first two weeks remote and the remainder in person). The decision will be made by May 27. Please note, if this happens, it will affect the nature of the programming. Participants who do not wish to participate in an entirely remote program will be permitted to withdraw and receive a full refund for their program fee.
Develop and produce films with filmmakers from around the world and immerse yourself in contemporary Israeli society. Experience Israel through Onward Israel’s exclusive day trips, overnights and seminars. In your free time, explore Israel’s amazing restaurants, beaches, and nightlife with a cohort of other young adults. Participate in and experience the prestigious Jerusalem International Film Festival and meet other Israeli and international filmmakers and artists.
The Onward Israel Jerusalem Film Workshop is operated through a partnership between the Beacon and Shapira Foundations and other leading philanthropists. It is organized by Green Productions and The New Fund For Cinema and Television.
Admission is rolling. Applications will close on May 14 or earlier if the program fills.
July 27, 2021-September 3, 2021
You MUST be available to participate for the entire length of the program.
Note, there is a chance that health/safety conditions will require us to implement a 2 week quarantine upon arrival in Israel. There is also a chance that the program will shift to a partially remote program if travel is restricted past a 2-week quarantine upon arrival. For more information, visit our FAQ responding to COVID-19.
$3000 USD (or $1500 if the program is fully remote)
The participation fee includes the complete JFW experience – developing, script writing, and the filmmaking process, including film equipment, film mentors who are well renowned in the Israeli film industry, the post-production (sound and color grading), the film’s distribution, and the Jerusalem Film Festival including a badge for festival access. The program cost also includes housing, medical insurance, food (depending on a housing arrangement), and ground transportation. Participants will be required to submit a $300 security deposit. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the program pending good standing.
All participants are responsible for the cost of, and arrangement of their own flights. Due to Covid-19 participants should not purchase your flights until a decision has been made about the viability of the program.
*If this becomes a remote program, the program cost will change to reflect this shift in expenses. The actual cost of the Onward Israel Jerusalem Film Workshop is much higher, and is subsidized up to 70% by Onward Israel, private donors, and local Jewish communities and institutions.
· Applicants between 19-27 years old (or at least one full year post-high school at the start of the program)
· You do not have to identify as Jewish. Israel is a fascinating place for everyone, not only for those who identify as Jewish. Come and learn more about this melting pot of cultures and religions – and catch it all on camera!
· Fluent in English
· The workshop is relevant for people with a background in filmmaking – whether for film students (active or graduates) or those with a proven professional background. The active process of creating a short film here in Israel will enhance your skills, expand your resumé and advance your professional career.
Apartment housing in Jerusalem. Two participants per bedroom.
The number of participants to an apartment or room is dependent on the size of the accommodations and number of participants on the program. While meeting common standards, Onward Israel housing differs by and within each program. To learn more about this and other Onward Israel housing details, please visit our housing FAQ.