About the Foundation
About the Foundation
Makor Foundation for Israeli Films is a registered nonprofit organization founded in 1996 and operating since then to provide financial and professional support for the creation of independent film and television productions. The Foundation invests in documentary films and documentary television series (short films of 15 to 30 minutes, feature films of 45 minutes and more, and series of 30 minutes and more per episode), in short narrative films, in animated shorts, and in films produced with new technologies (up to 30 minutes in length). Over the years, films produced with the Foundation’s support have been screened in cinemas and broadcast on television in Israel and around the world. Recently the Foundation’s films have been available for viewing on the various digital platforms — mobile, internet, and the VOD facilities of the broadcasters involved. Many of the Foundation’s films have been awarded prestigious prizes in Israel and elsewhere and have been screened at numerous festivals, film events, and art events.
The Foundation’s Structure
The Foundation is registered with the Israeli government as an NPO (non-profit organization). The following are its board members and committees:
The Public Board
- Hillel Nossek, Chair
- Eli Ben Gera
- Erica Ben Mordecai
- Yoram Blizovsky
- Meir Bar El
- Ruthie Braverman
- Uri Dromi
- Asya Pazi
- Michal Rafaeli-Kaduri
- Niva Mandelblit
- Uri Paz
- Miri Talmon
Members of the Control Committee — Dror Tene, CPA; Prof. Asya Pazi
Members of the Program Committee — Ruthie Braverman, Chair; Erica Ben Mordecai, Niva Mandelblit, Dr. Miri Talmon
Members of the Finance Committee — Yoram Blizovsky, Chair; Eli Ben Gera, Prof. Hillel Nossek
Members of the Resources Committee — Michal Rafaeli-Kaduri, Chair; Uri Dromi
Members of the Membership Committee — Eli Ben Gera, Chair; Erica Ben Mordecai, Uri Dromi
Members of the Ethics Committee – Dr. Uri Paz, Chair ; Prof. Hillel Nossek, Dr. Miri Talmon, Michal Rafaeli-Kaduri, Niva Mandelblit
Members of the Appeals Committee — Prof. Hillel Nossek, Chair; Dr. Uri Paz, Osnat Trabelsi (independent filmmaker)
Internal Auditor (2020) — Andry Herscovic, CPA
The professional staff
CEO and Artistic Director — Amit Goren
Deputy CEO — Eveline Kluger-Kadish
Accountant — Avi Perl
Legal Advisor — Adv. Eylam Weiss
Vision and Values
Makor Foundation invests in the development, production and professional advancement of documentary films and short films. The Foundation addresses itself to the entire community of Israeli filmmakers, without bias and irrespective of race, ethnic background, religious affiliation and gender, with the goal of supporting independent Israeli production of documentary films and short narrative films, animated films, and films utilizing new technologies.
Makor Foundation applies itself, under full transparency and self-auditing, to support the full realization of the talents and skills of those creating cinema that is innovative, ground-breaking, thought-provoking, consciousness-raising, surprising, and inquisitive, and that strives to confront stereotypical worldviews and explore truth and humanity.
Makor Foundation supports films that reflect and express the Israeli experience, past and present, from all cultural, social, and political perspectives and inclinations, informing that experience and with an emphasis on the quest for excellence in creation and on refining and honing the creators’ personal voices and cinematic statements.
The Makor Foundation embraces three principles as components to be examined strictly and to serve as guidance for the filmmakers: Ethics, – the ethical and moral stand of the filmmakers as they handle the topic of their film as well as how they behave toward their subjects; Semantics – the use of cinematic language and style as befits the film’s topic and its characters; and Aesthetics – an insistence on precise and professional cinematic expression that meets the highest standards of the medium.
Makor Foundation works on behalf of the filmmakers, and in cooperation with them, to enlist resources and raise funding for development, production, and distribution from the private sector, the business sector and from public institutions and foundations in Israel and abroad. The goal is to create collaborations and co-operations across a broad range of topics with a rich, updated and diverse cinematic language in the documentary, narrative, and animated genres, in utilizing new technologies, and in developing new channels for distribution.
Makor Foundation provides filmmakers with professional guidance, tutoring and mentoring in filmmaking: scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, and visual design. The Foundation helps broaden the filmmakers’ professional knowledge, enriching it by means of activities in seminars, conferences, workshops, and festivals, including group and personal meetings with esteemed and influential figures of cinema, television, and new media from Israel and abroad.
Makor Foundation initiates cooperative projects with commercial distributors, international festivals, broadcasters in Israel and abroad, educational institutions and public institutions in order to help the filmmakers fulfill and maximize the business potential of their films and distribute them to audiences in Israel and abroad.
Diversity of thought, culture and opinion is the core of Israeli democracy, and it is enshrined at the heart of the Makor Foundation’s activities together with a belief in the importance of understanding the “other” and of empathizing with those who are different in order to encourage tolerance, awareness, and social involvement.
Makor Foundation for Israeli Films supports films in two genres:
Short narrative films
(up to 30 minutes) on topics of the applicants’ choice and on topics and themes to be specified from time to time by the Foundation. Included here are short narrative films, animated short films and films produced utilizing new technologies.
including features of 45 minutes or longer, short documentaries of 15–30 minutes and documentary series with episodes of 30-35 minutes per episode or longer, on topics of the applicants’ choice and on topics to be specified from time to time by the Foundation. Support within this genre will be given primarily to stand-alone documentaries. However, consideration will be given to series based on their specific value and their topics.
Frameworks of Support
The support funds entrusted to the Foundation under the Israeli Cinema Law serve only for the purposes stated in the Law and in its subordinate provisions. In any case of discrepancy between provisions of or under the Law on the one hand and the content of this document on the other hand, the provisions of the Law prevail.
- “Development” of short narrative films / animated shorts / VR / web-based series
Scriptwriting, acquiring rights to pre-existing works if necessary, casting, shooting preliminary footage, and for revising an existing script.
- “Development” of short, feature-length, or series-length documentaries
Research, scriptwriting, preparing an application for submittal (production), and shooting preliminary footage.
- “Production” of narrative shorts, animated shorts or series, films utilizing new technologies, web-based series, and documentary shorts, features, or series.
Complete execution of the proposal and script: research, pre-production, cinematography, editing, post-productions and the submission of the finished film.
CEO and Artistic Director
The Foundation’s investments in 2020 and during the previous four years — Documentaries and shorts (download)
The readers for 2020 and for the previous four years (download)