Israel Film Fund celebrates landmark year

Local films saw 2.5 mil admissions worldwide

It’s boom time for Israeli cinema.

The Israel Film Fund is holding an Israeli cinema day today as part of the Tous les Cinemas du Monde program to celebrate a stellar year.

Israeli films saw 2.5 million admissions worldwide in 2005, with 25% of production money coming from abroad.

“For us, it’s very impressive and something we didn’t believe could happen,” said Katriel Schory, IFF’s exec director.

Co-production treaties with numerous territories have powered the boom.

There have been 15 co-productions with France alone since 2001, five with Germany, two with Canada and one with Australia.

The Israeli cinema day will include screenings of features, docs and shorts as well as a networking breakfast.

Schory is also peddling three titles. Pyramid has acquired worldwide rights to “Jelly Fish,” Scalpel Films has picked up “The Bubble” while “Three Mothers” is generating strong interest even though it’s not completed.

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