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Locarno Q&A: Israel Film Fund’s Katriel Schory Says ‘We Don’t Have an Agenda, We Don’t Raise Flags’

7 August 2015 12:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katriel Schory, who has been the executive director of the Israel Film Fund for the last 17 years, is an institution in himself. Through these years, Schory, who graduated from Nyu and returned to Israel in 1973, has financed 230 films and wrestled with many crisis to preserve the independence of the fund from the government. Schrory, who is well over 60, is now facing new challenges with the arrival of Israeli minister of culture and sports Miri Regev. The minister vowed the axe funds for filmmakers and artists who “defame” Israel, but Schory says the annual budget allocated to the film industry – a global 18 million Euro envelope – for the next five year was approved in 2013 and is therefore valid until 2018. Through his mandate, the fearless exec has signed 13 co-production treaties and has given coin to the majority of Israeli films that have traveled worldwide, notably “Gett: The Trial of Vivianne Amsalem,” “Waltz With Bashir” and “Lebanon. »

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Israeli Film Industry To Be Focus Of Locarno Fest’s Carte Blanche Showcase

9 February 2015 3:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Israel’s vibrant film industry will be the focus of the Locarno Film Festival’s Carte Blanche pics-in-post showcase.

Thanks to a partnership with the Israel Film Fund, Carte Blanche will select between 5-7 Israeli films in post and invite their producers to the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema. They will screen at its Industry Days mart for buyers, sellers and fest programmers.

“From the success Eran Riklis had on the Piazza Grande with “The Syrian Bride,” “The Human Resources Manager” and “Dancing Arabs,” (pictured) to the revelation of Nadav Lapid’s talent with the short film “Kvish” (2006) and then “Hashoter,” selected for the 2010 International Competition, the relationship forged between the Locarno Film Festival and Israeli cinema has proved increasingly productive,” enthused fest market topper Nadia Dresti in a statement.

Previous Carte Blanche editions have focused on Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.

The 68th Locarno Film Festival will run »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Carte Blanche to focus on Israel

9 February 2015 1:48 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Locarno’s initiative dedicated to films in post-production to highlight five-seven projects.

Locarno has announced that the fifth edition of Carte Blanche will focus on Israel.

The festival’s initiative dedicated to films in post-production will select five-seven projects from the territory, in partnership with the Israeli Film Fund, whose producers will be invited to attend the festival to present their work to industry professionals in order to facilitate their completion and distribution.

Previous editions have focused on Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.

Nadia Dresti, delegate to the artistic direction and head of international at Locarno, commented: “From the success Eran Riklis had on the Piazza Grande with The Syrian Bride, The Human Resources Manager and Dancing Arabs, to the revelation of Nadav Lapid’s talent with the short film Kvish (2006) and then Hashoter selected for the 2010 Concorso internazionale, the relationship forged between the Festival del film Locarno and Israeli cinema has proved increasingly productive.

“With the next »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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