The Rise of the Israeli Short Film

December 12, 2014 8:41 PM

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In the last 10 years, Israeli feature films have made their mark on the international film scene. From multiple Oscar nominations through awards at every major film festival to increasing box office success, Israel has turned its once struggling industry into a force to be reckoned with. There was a time when one or two Israeli films would be seen internationally per decade, but today it is multiple films a year. In 2014 alone the Israeli films that have been picked up for American theatrical distribution include the Israeli Academy winner Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which was just nominated for a Golden Globe, The Farewell Party, Zero Motivation, Farewell Herr Schwarz, and The Green Prince.

Clearly, Israeli feature films have made their mark internationally in many formats with hits like Walk on Water or the animation-documentary Waltz with Bashir and documentaries such as The Gatekeepers. But where the real creative work is going on, and has been for years, is in Israel's short films....

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