Sam Spiegel Film and Television School
In 1989, the Jerusalem Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Culture established the Jerusalem Film and Television School as Israel’s national film school. In 1996, after receiving a contribution from his estate, the school was renamed The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem in honor of the legendary Academy Award-winning producer Sam Spiegel. The school has since revolutionized Israeli film education, introducing such innovations as fostering the unique voice of each student in a “personal story-telling” school milieu; transforming the hero to the focal point in the story and the narrative; fighting for the acknowledgment of short films as a genre; inviting top professionals from the film world for master classes; providing state of-the-art equipment; funding student participation in numerous international film festivals and workshops; gaining mass exposure by marketing school films to local and international festivals, and promoting the broadcast of student films on Israeli and international television networks. Over the past twenty-five years, the school has won 16 Best Film School Program awards in student film festivals; received 407 awards, including at Cannes, Berlin and Venice; and was honored with 183 international festival retrospectives in 55 countries.