The New York-based IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film is joining forces with the Jerusalem-based Sam Spiegel Film School to launch a program aimed at connecting American and Israeli filmmakers.
The Bloom/Spiegel collaboration will allow four New York-based Marcie Bloom fellows and up to four Sam Spiegel grads to exchange knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and contemporary storytelling.
“In the nine years since we founded the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship, we’re most proud of the relationships it has generated. Perhaps even more importantly, the fellowship has become an incredibly safe place for the fellows to explore and question without fear of judgment,” said Dylan Leiner, co-director of the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship and executive VP of acquisitions and production for Sony Pictures Classics.
“The Sam Spiegel Film School has been a model of these tenets for over 25 years so our hope is that this partnership will extend our respective missions across continents, cultures and ideas,” added Leiner, who met Renen Schorr, the founding director of Sam Spiegel Film School, while serving on the jury of an industry event at Jerusalem Film Festival over the summer.
Schorr said the alliance was meant to “foster together an international independent cinema … through the activity of the Sam Spiegel Intl. Film Lab … and promote cross-oceans collaborations based on original, bold, humanistic, and breakthrough ideas.”
Kicking off this winter, the participants will begin long-distance discussions about their respective approaches to producing creative content, as well as the practical ways in which they overcome diverse challenges. The Sam Spiegel grads will travel to New York in the spring, during the Tribeca Film Festival, where they’ll meet their MBFF counterparts as well as New York-based industry professionals and attend films screenings and events.
The Bloom/Spiegel Partnership is supported by Tadmor Films, Israel Film Fund and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General Office in New York.