The JFW Program

What's included in the JFW?

Team & Concept

Filmmaking is a team sport. Each team will have its very own Israeli PA, and will work together through all stages of the process, from developing the concept (as part of a predetermined theme, set by the JFW) to fine-tuning the final product. You will have one specific and constant role in the production: Director, producer, cinematographer or editor.

Mentors & Masterclasses

In addition to a variety of masterclasses led by prominent figures in the Israeli film industry, you will develop a close relationship with the workshop’s mentors - award winning Israeli filmmakers - through all stages of the workshop. In accordance with your relevant field, you’ll boost your skills in scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, production and directing.

Shoot in Magical Locations

Portrating a documentary character will take you to places you never imagined. So while getting to know authentic depths of life in Jerusalem, you will also visit one of the world's wonders, the Dead Sea, where you can float on water. You will also get the opportunity to rest and travel through Israel without a film on your mind...

Editing & Post Production

While the team’s director and editor will be busy editing - with the intimate help of the mentors - the team’s producer and cinematographer will have more professional masterclasses and learning experiences. Each team will have sessions at a color grading studio (Edit studios) and a sound studio (DB studios), to reach a truly professional product.

International Festivals Screenings

Participants will be given VIP entry into the International Jerusalem Film Festival. Also, the world premiere of your film in this acclaimed festival, would only be the starting point. Green Productions would be in charge of distribution, and through our strong partnerships with festivals all around the globe, we guarantee many exciting screenings of your creation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dates and costs

How many participants will be accepted to the JFW 2019?

Eventually, once the selection committee completes its process, 20 of the very best applicants will be invited to participate. Other applicants will be put on the waiting list, should any changes occur, and would be invited to apply again next year.

If I am selected, what is the cost of the program?

Through community funding and special individual grants, the program is fully funded for the selected participants.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for applications is January 30th, 2019.

What expenses may I have during the month?

We offer one meal a day. To put it in context, an average price for a meal is usually $7-$15 USD. A lot of great food in the Jerusalem market, be prepared...

Can I get college credit for the workshop?

Many universities and colleges will accredit the time you spend with us, and the films you make. Please be in touch with them directly to ascertain their requirements. Remember, you will walk away with one documentary to add to your resume, as well as a certificate of participation.

Do I need to pay any fee in order to apply? Is there any commitment?

No. Sending your application is completely free of any costs or commitments.

Student Life

Do I need to take care of accomodations?

No, all accomodation needs are set and ready for you. Some of your best experiences in this program will be the relationships you create with the other participants in the great JFW doorms. We highly recommend you live in the dorms in order to feel part of the program.

What about the weekends?

Weekends at the JFW are completely free, you can go crazy on the land of Israel wherever and with whoever you'd like. You are also welcome to stay at the doorms - you have a home in Jerusalem all through the program.

How do I move around with transportaion?

You will get a free bus and train pass from the JFW, limited to (a little more than) your planned trips during the program.


Do I need to know Hebrew to participate in JFW?

All JFW programs are run entirely in English, so you do not need to know a word of Hebrew to get by. If you are interested in improving your Hebrew, speak to us and we can connect you with some great Hebrew teachers and courses before or after the program.

I do not identify as Jewish. Is this program still relevant for me?

Yes! Israel is a fascinating place for everyone, not only for those who identify as Jewish. Come and learn more about this melting pot of cultures and religions - and catch it all on camera.

What filmmaking experience do I need to get the best out of the workshop?

The workshop is relevant for people with a background in filmmaking – students in the advanced stages of a film programme or those with professional experience who want to enhance their skills. The active process of creating a short film here in Israel will expand your resumé and advance your professional career.

Do I need to do something in order to distribute the film?

Green Productions takes care of all your distribution needs, making sure you will have many festival screenings around the world.

Apply now!