The Film Department
Program Director: Yoram Shapira
The Film Program aspires to build and nurture in its students a love of humankind and of cinema, art and culture. The students are exposed to theoretical and practical lessons in a range of subjects which aim to enrich their knowledge in the fields of cinema, to develop critical thinking, and to acquire artistic and technical skills to both make and view films.
The students use tools for creative self-expression, and are partners in the creation of dozens of films throughout their time in the program. Most of their studies take place alongside intensive film-making. During their studies, the students are engaged in stills photography, video, script writing, clip making, documentary film production, video-dance and feature films, as well as gaining experience in production, editing, filming, directing, lighting, sound and art.
The program places special emphasis on teamwork, constructive criticism, camaraderie and joint responsibility, the transmission of knowledge from adults to the younger generation and the creation of a safe space when working on sets during filming.
Every year the students take part in a social project of their own device which connects them to the community outside their immediate circle of acquaintances. Every Wednesday there is a “Cinema Club” which is in fact a series of master classes held by the best of Israel’s film-makers attended by all the program’s students.
At the beginning of the year, the program’s students attend a two-day film camp for study, enrichment and social cohesiveness. They also attend the Doc-Aviv festival for students’ films, the Or Hazahav festival, and in addition, the students’ films compete in various film festivals.
The program has at its disposal new and up-to-date equipment and two computer labs which are used for film making and are run by the program’s students. At the end of the year, each class holds a screening in which the students present their films before their fellow students, the parents and the school’s staff.