20/02/2024 Congratulations to all the talented creators, awarded last night at the Israeli Documentary Forum Awards Ceremony

Ran Tal | 1341 Frames of Love and War - Award for Best Full-Length Documentary, and recipient of a Development Grant from HOT and Makor Foundation.

 

Henya Brodbeker | The Three of Us - Award for Best Debut Film

 

Efim Graboy | Lies I Told Myself - Award for Best Cinematography

 

Noa Haber | 1341 Frames of Love and War - Award for Artistic Design

 

We were truly excited!

28/01/2024 Spots of Light won the Smart Award – FipaDoc 2024

We are thrilled beyond words. What an honorable achievement.

Kudos to Adam Weingrod and the production teams in Israel and Canada for taking part in this journey of this beautiful experience.

 

 

Have a look at the Jury Statement:

The Smart Jury unanimously decided to award 'Spots of Life' the Best Film prize in the Smart category. This VR masterpiece dives into the destiny of Dan Layani, a solider who lost his sight in war. Unimaginable in a traditional format, imparting a powerful life lesson, ‘Spots of Light' has illuminated Biarritz Immersive with its profound storytelling, reminding us that courage and hope can indeed be found even in the darkest corners.

In the midst of full darkness, it reaffirms that one can always find his/her light.

18/01/2024 A meeting at the French Institute this week

It finally happened! A first physical meeting in our hybrid XR Climate Crisis Workshop at the French Institute. We took off with Kobi Gur, who shared with us the essentials about 360° photography, and then we stepped outside to practice and feel how this works and it was fascinating.

Later on, Prof. Yoav Yair, our favourite climate expert and head of the Climate Risk Management track at the School of Sustainability, Reichman University, consulted with the 8 participating creative teams about their projects. That lecture\conversation he delivered was wonderful, both depressing and optimistic (who would have thought that such a mix is possible). Finally, we met all four international mentors again for their professional Show and Tell, and learned about production, marketing and about the various ways immersive narrative creations affect audiences.    

11/01/2024 The Climate Crisis XR Workshop has been launched

On October 6th we were still dealing with preparations for the Climate Crisis XR Workshop, scheduled to take place in November. This was after we published an Open Call for new media immersive experiences last summer and received over thirty submissions. From those, we selected 8 original and fascinating projects.
Three months have passed since then, and as you know, everything has changed. Alongside the constant immense fear, anger and sadness, we found ways to continue promoting cinematic activity and creation. And yes, we are also happy to announce that the Workshop has set off. We transitioned to a Hybrid Workshop model and launched it last week. 
All of this wouldn't have happened without our wonderful partners: The French Institute – Israel, The French Embassy – Israel, Goethe Institute, Mifal Hapais - Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, NewImages Hub – Forum des Images, School of Sustainability and Advanced Reality Lab (ARL) - Reichman University.
The four mentors guiding the 8 projects' creators are: Michelle Feuerlicht, an experienced XR creator from London, Ellen Kuo, director of the XR market at the NewImages festival, Sonke Kirchhoff, director of INVR.SPACE, and Reallifefilms, creator and vice president of XR4EUROPE, and our fourth mentor, who is also the artistic director at Makor Media Lab and an experienced XR creator - Nir Sa'ar.
We are also expecting fascinating meetings with excellent lecturers from Israel and from abroad, who will talk about the development, production, fundraising and distribution of XR immersive creations. 
We will continue to update here so stay tuned.

20/12/2023 Short Animation Films Event

The French Institute and Makor Foundation for Israeli Films are happy to invite you to a screening of short animated films. After the screening, we invite you to participate in an open discussion with the creators.

 

Apart (Director: Oved Poran | 11 minutes) | Your Bad Animals (Directors: Ido Shapira & Amit Cohen, 11 minutes) | We Were a Sterile Bomb (Director: Dotan Moreno, 15 minutes) | Maurice's Bar (Directors: Tom Perzman & Tzur Adri, 15 minutes).

Tuesday evening, December 26th, 19:30, at the French Institute, Rothschild Blvd. 7, Tel Aviv.

Admission is free, advanced registration is required.

14/12/2023 Short Fiction Films Event

The French Institute and Makor Foundation for Israeli Films are happy to invite you to a screening of short fiction films. After the screening, we invite you to participate in an open discussion with the creators.

 

Veil (Director: Orit Fouks Rotem, 21 minutes) | Revived (Director: Uriya Hertz, 16 minutes) | Full of light (Director: Rona Segal, 12 minutes) | Butterflies (Director: Yona Rozenkier, 8 minutes).

 

Tuesday evening, December 19th, 19:30, at the French Institute, Rothschild Blvd. 7, Tel Aviv.

Admission is free, advanced registration is required.