About the Foundation

About the Foundation

The Makor Foundation for Israeli Film and Television is a registered nonprofit organization founded in 1996 and operating since then to encourage original film and television productions. The Foundation invests in documentary films and documentary television series (films of 15 to 30 minutes, films of 45 minutes and more, and series of 35 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 won prizes in Israel and elsewhere and have been screened at numerous festivals, film events, and arts events.

The Foundation’s Structure

The Foundation is registered with the Israeli government as a nonprofit organization. These are the internal institutions:

The public board

Chair — Prof. Hillel Nossek
Board — Eli Ben Gera, Erica Ben Mordecai, Yoram Belizovsky, Meir Barel, Ruth Braverman, Uri Dromi, Nissim Levy, Asya Pazi, Michal Rafaeli-Kaduri, Niva Mandelblit
Control Committee — Eliahu Mund, CPA; Dror Tena, CPA
Program Committee — Ruth Braverman, Chair; Nissim Levy, Erica Ben Mordecai, Niva Mandelblit
Finance Committee — Yoram Belizovsky, Chair; Eli Ben Gera, Prof. Hillel Nossek
Membership Committee — Eli Ben Gera, Chair; Erica Ben Mordecai, Uri Dromi

The professional staff
CEO and Artistic Director — Amit Goren
VP Content and Strategy — Eveline Kluger-Kadish
Accountant — Avi Perl
Legal Advisor — Adv. Eylam Weiss

Vision and Values

The Makor Foundation invests in the production and 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.

The 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 reaches past stereotypical worldviews to reach the truth of humanity.

The 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, meaning 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, meaning the use of cinematic language and style as befits the film’s topic and its characters; and Aesthetics, meaning an insistence on precise and professional cinematic expression that meets the highest standards of the medium.

The Makor Foundation works on behalf of the filmmakers, and in cooperation with them, to enlist resources for development, for production, and for distribution to private and business organizations in Israel and abroad. The Foundation establishes and forges relationships and seeks cooperation with foundations and organizations in the field of cinema, in Israel and abroad. The goal is to advance achievement and cooperation 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 new and developing media of distribution.

The Makor Foundation provides film artists with guidance, instruction, and education in filmmaking – scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, and visual design, providing mentorships of the highest professional level. The Foundation helps broaden the filmmakers’ professional knowledge, enriching it by means of activities at study days, conferences, workshops, and festivals, including encounters with esteemed and influential figures of cinema, television, and new media from Israel and abroad.

The Makor Foundation initiates cooperative projects with commercial distributors, international festivals, organizations that broadcast in Israel and abroad, educational institutions, and public institutions in order to help the filmmakers achieve the full business potential of their creations and distribute them to numerous and varied 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.

The Makor Foundation for Israeli Film and Television supports films in two genres:

Short narrative films (up to 30 minutes) on topics of the applicants’ choice and on topics to be specified from time to time by the Foundation. Included here are short narrative films, animated films and films produced utilizing new technologies.

Documentary films, including features of 45 minutes or longer, short documentaries of 15–30 minutes and documentary series with episodes of 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 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.

a. “Development” of short narrative films – for developing synopsis to script, acquiring rights to pre-existing works if necessary, casting, shooting preliminary footage, and for revising an existing script.
“Development” of documentary shorts, features, or series – for research, scriptwriting, and shooting preliminary footage and preparing a promo clip.

b. “Production” of narrative shorts, animated shorts, films produced utilizing new technologies, and documentary shorts, features, or series — for actual production of the project, from pre-production, research, and cinematography to final editing and submission of a final master of the film.