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FILM FUND

Other Israel Film Funding Program

Since its establishment in 2007, The Other Israel Film Festival had become a leader in the presentation and promotion of films by and about the Arab citizens of Israel and other minorities in Israeli society. As part of its ongoing support of films and filmmakers dealing with the lives and stories of these diverse communities, The Other Israel Film Festival is proud to announce its film funding program, encouraging creative cinematic work bringing the other Israel to the big screen and to audiences throughout the world.

The funding program was established in 2009 by the Other Israel Film Festival, a program of The Israel Film Center @ The JCC in Manhattan with a gift from Mrs. Carole Zabar.

Past recipients include:

  • Ameer Got His Gun, by Naomi Levari
  • Coffee: Between Reality & Imagination, by Various Directors ( a Project of Tel Aviv University Film Dept.)
  • Good Garbage, by Shosh Shlam & Ada Ushpiz
  • Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared, by Dorit Zimbalist
  • Heavy Silence, by Maysaloun Hamoud
  • Coffee: Between Reality & Imagination, by Various Directors
  • Zahara, by Mohammad Bakri

OTHER ISRAEL GRANTS CATEGORIES
The Other Israel funding program considers projects on an ongoing basis in four categories - Development, Production, Completion, and Distribution.

Development grants provide seed funds to filmmakers whose projects are in the early research, screenplay writing, or pre-production stage. Applications should include:

  1. Synopsis
  2. Director’s statement.
  3. Initial research and any relevant material in the subject.
  4. Filmmaker’s bio and filmography.
  5. Detailed budget required for development of the project.
  6. Schedule.
  7. List of other funding sources (if applicable).

Production grants provide funds to filmmakers in various stages of the production. Applications should include:

  1. Technical information page, detailing cast, crew, shooting format, expected run-time, and schedule.
  2. Synopsis and full screenplay.
  3. Director’s statement.
  4. One page treatment, referring to the visual aspect of the film.
  5. Filmmakers’ (director and producer) bio and filmography.
  6. Detailed Budget.
  7. List of other funding sources (if applicable).

Completion grants provide funds to filmmakers who have completed 90% of production and in the post-production phase or ready to begin post as soon as funding is in place. Applications should include:

  1. Technical information page, detailing cast, crew, shooting format, expected run-time, and schedule.
  2. Synopsis and full screenplay (updated based on the footage).
  3. Director’s statement.
  4. Filmmakers’ (director and producer) bio and filmography.
  5. Available footage / rough cut materials.
  6. Detailed Budget required for completion of the film.
  7. List of other funding sources (if applicable).

Distribution grants are awarded to support innovative distribution and audience engagement strategies. Sales agents and distributors are also illegible to apply. Applications should include:

  1. Synopsis.
  2. DVD copy of completed film.
  3. Filmmakers’ bio and filmography.
  4. Audience outreach strategy and distribution plan.
  5. Detailed budget required for marketing and distribution of the film.
  6. List of other funding sources, sales agent, or distributors attached to the project.

* The festival has the right to require additional materials and information as needed for its decision.
* As a condition for the festival’s investment in the projects, an agreement will be signed between the filmmaker and the festival.

Applications may be submitted year-round via email: info@otherisrael.org (mailing address for submission of DVDs will be provided upon receipt of email application).

Questions? Contact us at: info@otherisrael.org