School Projects

School Projects

בית הספר לאמנויות הקול והמסך חוגג מידי שנה את תוכנית הלימודים המגוונת שלו בהקרנת תוצריה בפסטיבל קולנוע דרום. המפגש היומיומי בין מגוון הקולות של הסטודנטים אשר מגיעים מכל קצוות הארץ לבין האנשים המרכיבים את המרחב הדרומי במדינת ישראל בונה פסיפס אמנותי תרבותי יוצא דופן אשר מוקרן לאורכו של הפסטיבל ונותן ביטוי לפועלו של בית הספר. התכנים הייחודיים מדגישים את מקומו של הקולנוע כיסוד מחבר בתוך תרבות וקהילה.

Documentary Animation – Online Bullying

Debut of the documentary about online bullying, final project of the year 2 documentary animation class. This project focuses on depicting burning issues in Israeli society with animation tools and attempts to provide a voice to the invisible people or the ones that can’t or don’t want to come forth. Animation provides an outlet to express the hidden aspects of a topic and can illustrate an emotional occurrence. Animated representation creates a distance from the topic’s realistic dimension and enables direct confrontation therewith. This year the chosen topic is online bullying: The students selected texts anonymously posted by youths on diverse forums and press reports and created short films as a result. The films focused on the effect of bullying on its victim and the impact the virtual space has on the people behind the keyboards.

A compilation of films directed by year 2 animation students.

In the footsteps of Hanoch Levin – Collaboration with the Film & TV School in Lodz, Poland.

Four short films, products of an ongoing collaboration between two schools of animation. Every year eight students are selected from each school to attend two intense weeks of work surrounding a literary theme. This year director and playwright Hanoch Levin was chosen as inspiration for the animated films. The films form a personal/group interpretation of the motifs in Hanoch Levin’s work.

Followed by a screening of three year 3 graduate films.

Research: Sharon Atias | Composer and Sound Designer: Dror H Shiman | Head Editor and Project Tutor: Ricardo Werdesheim

Thursday / 6.6 / 14:00 / Cinematheque 1

This is the 7th year in a row that the Music and Sound for Film program will inspire us with a festive orchestral concert. An ensemble of 20 musicians will perform students’ music, composed especially for the graduate films of the students from the Sapir College School of Audio & Visual Arts.

The concert will take place in the open air at the Cinematheque Sderot plaza. New pieces will be performed alongside segments composed for podcasts.

The concert will be performed by the Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra.

Shmuel Elbaz, teacher and project mentor will be the conductor this year as well.

Hosted by the head of the department, Ishai Adar, musician and film composer.

Tuesday / 4.6 / 20:30 / Indie Stage

We are fighting for original productions and Israeli content, because we tell the Israeli story, the story of the people, the ethnic groups, the secular and the religious, the Ashkenazim, Ethiopian, Sephardim, the conflicts, the glimpse into the worlds of our neighbors. Keeping blinds open with a view to the street, listening in our language, our languages, seeing the Israeli family. Just like the promo to the series “Basic Training”: “Look at them, see us”.

“Culture is the memory of a nation, its shared conscience, its historic continuity and the way in which it thinks and lives” (Milan Kundera). Culture reflects society, yet its importance also stems from how we would like to see society in the future. A culture can give rise to social issues, create open dialogue and assimilate values such as tolerance and acceptance. My students chose the scenes at their discretion and with a commitment to the word, language and place. At times it is a reflection, at times an escape or a joke about our lives here. A small country with a moustache.

End year performance by the first year acting track, facilitated by actress Esti Zakheim.

Monday / 3.6 / 19:30 / Indie Stage / Azrieli Park

An original and refreshing compilation of short films that express real and imaginary life in the region known as “the south”. The compilation is characterized by stylistic and conceptual diversity and joins a long chain of “Southern Minutes” which have been celebrated at the Festival for over a decade. The films, between one to five minutes in duration, were created with the joint collaboration of Dr. Dafna Sering and director Rani Blair. After the screening, refreshments will be served and awards handed out based on the selection of the judges who were handpicked by the filmmakers. Join us, it will be fun!

Thursday / 6.6 / 10:00 / Cinematheque 1

Four months of kites and balloons, fires and bombardments – another round of violence and disruption in the south. From the outside these are minimized and met with the routine sentence – Hardly any casualties, perhaps a few people suffering from shock. For those living in Tel Aviv, “people suffering from shock” is a sentence on the news, while in the south it is a common phrase in every home.

“South of Here”, a web series for KAN – The Israeli Public Broadcasting Company, will explore the world of those people suffering from shock and bring the stories of the victims and carers of all ages coping with a region that doesn’t provide a moment’s peace.

The series was produced in the course of filmmaker Anat Zeltzer.

Thursday / 6.6 / 16:00 / Cinematheque 2

In the first semester of 2018, a group of directors and cinematographers came to Sapir College from the Lodz Film School in Poland for an experimental documentary directing workshop. Eight Polish students joined the year 2 directing class to film and direct with the Israeli students. “The Promised Land” was chosen as the central theme of the eight films the workshop would produce. They arrived the last week of November. The workshop began with two guided tours, one in the south – Sderot and adjacent kibbutzes and the second in Jerusalem, to allow the guests, for which this was their first trip to Israel, to get a taste of the geographic, social, cultural and political Israel.

Three films have so far been completed; Maciej Jankowski and Jakub Dylewski filmed in the kibbutzes near the Gaza border, while addressing the utopic notion on which the kibbutz was founded in the 20th century and the present often threatened in the southern reality Klaudia Folga and Ignacy Ciszewski filmed their impressions of diverse phenomena they encountered along the Separation Wall from Beit Lechem to the Dead Sea. Maciej Jankowski, Edgar Grishchuk and  Rachel Albert examined the term “security” through a wide range of shelters built in the south from the onset of the Zionist enterprise.

In each of the films, the notion of “The Promised Land” took on diverse manifestations. The conflict between the Polish students’ external perspective and the Israeli students’ inner point of view created a new, pensive viewpoint on the anomaly of Israeli existence that we tend to accept as an unsolvable reality, whereas in fact we are dealing with a bloody conflict where lives are lost on a daily basis.

Workshop Tutors: Anat Even, Martin Rath | Producers: Lior Oron, Nitzan Leitner

Monday / 3.6 / 14:00 / Cinematheque 2

Sderot Cinematheque is the venue for the debut of the 2019 video dance films. The video dance genre is relatively new, thrilling and unexpected. It was created at first by dancers seeking to expand beyond the limits of the stage. Over the years, filmmakers joined their endeavors and today, video dances are an integral part of the screen arts.

The films were made by students of the video dance workshop at the School of Audio and Visual Arts in collaboration with professional dancers and choreographers.

This year the video dance films will include “Prove It”, by graduate Hadas Neuman, which was granted the support of the Gesher Film Fund and the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund.

Creator and artistic mentor: Miki Cohen

Sunday / 2.6 / 16:00 / Cinematheque 1

A compilation of short documentaries on Israeli children, that focus on a boy or girl of kindergarten age. The films provide an intriguing glimpse into the world of children and depicts a cinematic perception that believes in the autonomy of young children and their skills. The compilation will first introduce the concept of the series and the unique manner in which the series offers a look into the daily lives of the children.

Target audience: Kindergarten children, primary school children and their parents.

Host: Dr. Yuval Gozansky

Filmmakers: Students of the course “Television for Children: Theory and Practice”

The screening will be attended by some of the protagonists and the filmmakers

Thursday / 6.6 / 10:00 / Cinematheque 1

During the first semester of the unique course by Avner Faingulernt, we would attend a weekly 3 hour workshop in the abandoned sulfur factory located in the open spaces between Kibbutz Beeri and the Gaza Strip. The factory, which was a work place and point of encounter for the residents on both sides, is now empty and abandoned.

The broken concrete, the dilapidated walls and the exposed iron foundations express the pain over severed ties, the encounter that no longer takes place, the disengagement that triumphed. Avner’s exercises were designed to ask questions about ourselves and the place we live in through body and words. The process was documented on camera which was an entity unto itself. The episodes were independently edited in parts and ultimately adjoined into one cohesive piece.

Students of the “Sulfur Factory” course, conducted by Prof. Avner Faingulernt.

Thursday / 6.6 / 10:00 / Cinematheque 1

Morocco, a country with the oldest royal dynasty in the Arab world, asks itself questions about memory and shaping memory, extracts models of memory from its past to create a future comprised of diverse ethnic groups, including Jews.

The Jewish diaspora asks itself the same questions in Israel and the world over. What do we remember and what do we not, what do we emphasize and what do we barely discuss, what led to our country’s collective memory?  “Upper Morocco” is a documentary that follows a group of students setting out on a journey in the footsteps of Moroccan Jewry. They didn’t expect this colorful, simple and vibrant country to inundate them with questions pertaining to identity, the generation gap, discrimination and origin and their relevance in the here and now.

Following the screening a panel will discuss how memory is shaped with the people who initiated and embarked on the journey.

The project is a collaboration between the student unions of Sapir College, Kaye College and the School of Audio & Visual Arts.

Directed by: Yael Rosen | Cinematography: Adir Benisty, Yael Rosen | Edited By:  Neta Linda Shoham

Wednesday / 5.6 / 20:30 / Library

In its broad sense, the art installation changes the way the viewer experiences the space it is situated in. Situating diverse elements in a space, including objects, video and audio, evokes in the viewer many complex associations, yearnings and moods. The animation medium provides the artist another tool to use in the installation, it enables an expressive and abstract manifestation of ideas on a time axis.

“Living Space” is an exhibition of animated installations created by year 3 students who explored different objects, examined their properties, shape, conduct and the social-cultural charge of each. For each object the students created animated works projected onto the object themselves. The animation adds, changes or illuminates them in a different, thought provoking fashion.

Tutored by: Moran Somer, Ricardo Werdesheim

Mon-Wed / 3-5.6 / The Young Space Gallery

Prof. Sami Shalom Chetrit’s course “Capturing Myself in my Fellow Man – Personal Journey by Train”, is a film about a personal journey on a train through Israel from south to north and from east to west. Participants of the workshop set out on the journey with a personal story, a list of characters and ideas they caught on camera and edited into a film that provides a glimpse into their world, as reflected by the masses, the changing landscapes and the constant motion the width and breadth of the country.

Hosts: Prof. Sami Shalom Chetrit, Ori Sivan, Lior Oron, Tamir Hod

Project producer: Liana Mimran Asadon

Thursday / 6.6 / 10:00 / Cinematheque 1

An original compilation of six music video clips that were directed and produced by year 3 students of the Choreography Track, including the singers and songwriters.

The project focuses on the attempt to invent the visual and movement that will best convey the essence and distinction of the song and the singer. In a joint dialogue with the singers, six clips were created that are diverse in language and style. What they all have in common – the exploration of the body, the movement in space and the relation among bodies, which generate a sequence of images that create a narrative.

The clips were created in the Intensive workshop, moderated by director Adi Halfin, who is accompanying this group for the second year running.

Thursday / 6.6 / 10:00 / Cinematheque 1