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The recently renovated Jerusalem Cinematheque consists of an archive of thousands of films, a research library, viewing halls, and exhibition space. It presents regular screenings, often in thematic cycles in cooperation with embassies, cultural institutions, or civic organizations and, when possible, with the participation of the scriptwriter, director, or performers. Since 1984, it has mounted a yearly, non-competitive film festival which has brought many quality films and video productions to the country. Educational courses offered for adults are well attended, and programs with Jerusalem schoolchildren encourage critical analysis of a popular medium. There are branches of the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv and the northern town of Rosh Pina. Art house cinemas remain popular in Israel, and the Lev chain offers movies in intimate settings throughout the country.
The Spielberg Film Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the world's largest repository of film material on Jewish themes as well as on Jewish and Israeli life. Run by the university together with the Central Zionist Archives, its main activity is collecting, preserving and cataloguing Jewish films, and making the material available to researchers, film and television writers and producers throughout the world.?
Cinematheque Tel-Aviv: Cinematheque in Tel Aviv is an important cultural centre for the screening of independent films. Films are screened throughout the year and the cinema stages regular unique theme nights. The Cinematheque also runs workshops in production techniques for young filmmakers. Many youngsters, crowd this cinema, watching either recent films or timeless classics on the big screen. There are many cultural events in the building and outside on the entrance square, comics festival and D&D fiestas alongside important political and social rallies. Major annual events include DocAviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival held in March, and the Israeli Academy Awards in late summer.
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The Haifa Cinematheque: The Haifa Cinematheque is one of the oldest and most important centres of the arts in Haifa. Its role since 1975 has been to educate, advance, nurture and explain all the secrets of the art of cinema. The daily task of the Cinematheque, is to go into schools with educational activities which teach about the cinematic genre. The Cinematheque also offers a variety of series of education classes and lectures on the cinema to adult audiences. The Cinematheque is the key location for the Haifa International Film Festival, which takes place during Chol-ha-Moed Succot (i.e., the week between Succot and Simhat Torah).
Jerusalem Cinematheque:Israel’s Film Archive Arguably Jerusalem’s finest cinematic experience, the Cinematheque boasts a large screen, great sound and plush seating. This is the place to catch underground and non-Hollywood movies, as well as classics, old favorites and themed presentations. The venue hosts major annual events such as the Jerusalem Film Festival every summer, Jerusalem International Festival for Children and Youth and the Jewish Film Festival.
The Herzliya cinematheque: The Herzliya cinematheque is a new art house cinema exhibiting independent, foreign, classic, documentary, cult and mainstream films, that operates in the renovated city center of Herzliya as of August 2008. Its location, offers the population of Herzliya, Raa’nana, Kfar Saba and the Sharon a place of their own to experience and learn the seventh art. Like fellow institutions in Israel, the Herzliya cinematheque also offers special events, international film weeks, lectures and courses; and hosts various guests from the international and local film industry.
Since 2008, Holon Cinematheque exposes its audience to the world’s cinematic abundance, from diverse eras and genres, in collaboration with production companies and distributors from all over the world. The cinematheque is part of the Mediatheque, a cultural centre and interacts with the surrounding arts and cultures the centre provides. Interacting with the Israeli Cartoon Museum in the centre, it has assumed the role of exposing audiences of all ages to animation as a cinematic genre and technique, and is introducing short animated films at the beginning of many of its screenings. Additionally, the Cinematheque promotes short animated films in an annual competition called MaraToon.
The Sderot Cinematheque: Following the vision of the former head of the school for cinema communications at the Sapir Academic College, Prop. Bereshit, and Eli Moyal the former Mayor of Sderot, the Sderot Cinematheque was founded in 1999. The Sderot Cinematheque is the first educational and cultural institution dedicated to the cinema in Southern Israel. Its vision from the start was to bring public attention to the cultural life for the population in the southern part of the country and also to help close the cultural gap between the central and peripheral areas of Israel. Among many cinema related activities, the Cinematheque hosts The Cinema South International Film Festival.
The Haifa International Film Festival: The Haifa International Film Festival is held each year during the holiday of Succoth on the ridge of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Festival was founded in 1983 and was the first of its kind in Israel. Over the years, the Festival became the biggest and most important film celebration in Israel. The Haifa International Film Festival brings together each year an ever-growing audience of 60,000 spectators along with hundreds of Israeli and foreign professionals from the film and television industries. 180,000 people in total take part in the activities of the festival, including the outdoor events, screenings, workshops and more.
Docaviv Festival: The International Documentary Film Festival
Internationally Highly sought-after and respected film festival, Docaviv was founded in 1998 aiming to promote the Israeli documentary film in Israel and around the world and to develop culture, art and quality of life in Israel. The festival hosts filmmakers and prestigious visitors from overseas, offers an extensive program that encompasses multiple fields of interest appealing to a diverse audience. Opening windows to other cultures, traditions and conflicts it encourages dialog and constitutes an authentic mosaic of all shades of Israeli society.
The Jerusalem Film Festival: In 1984 Lia van Leer, the founder of the Haifa Cinematheque, the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Israeli Film Archive, founded the Jerusalem Film Festival that has become Israel’s most prestigious cinematic event, showcasing international talent. The festival is ten days long, screening between 150-200 films in a number of programmes: Panorama, showcasing the best of international feature films; Documentary Films, dedicated to international documentary film-making, The Jewish Experience, dealing with issues of Jewish identity and history, In the Spirit of Freedom, concerned with questions of freedom and human rights, Television Dramas, New Directors, and of course, Israeli Film. Beyond its contribution to Israeli film, the Jerusalem International Film Festival remains one of the few platforms that present the world’s finest contemporary cinematic trends to its local audiences.
TLVFEST: The Tel-Aviv international LGBT Film Festival
TLVfest, Tel Aviv’s International LGBT Film Festival is a unique annual event taking place each June at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The festival offers public screenings of films that have not been distributed in Israel, as well as workshops, lectures and panel discussions with local and foreign filmmakers. In addition the festival emphasizes the Israeli film creation by awarding Best Israeli Short Film award and giving the opportunity for filmmakers from the LGBT community to present their works. Alongside to the annual events, the festival maintains TLVFEST Movie Club, a monthly screening and other film-related events throughout the year.