Based on the belief in the power of cinematic creativity to inspire social change, the International Student Film Festival initiated a unique project, the first of its kind – The Film Bus. The project, now embarking out in its sixth year, strives to broaden the reach of works by young filmmakers throughout the country, as well as an opportunity for direct encounters between the traveling partners and locals residents with social work in the field of cinema.
This year, 25 film students from Israel and around the world will set out on a week-long trip to the south of the country with the films they created, on a bus equipped with a huge screen, projector and sound system. The project’s participants will stop in a different location every day, conduct film workshops for youths, and hold outdoor screenings each evening that will be open to the public.
This year, the film workshops will be held in cooperation with the Public Broadcasting Corporation Kan, that will also screen the workshop products. The workshops, during which participants will direct short documentaries that reflect the story of the place, will begin about two months before the bus’s voyage. The five films that will be created in the five locations will reflect a fascinating mosaic of Israeli society, and will premiere at the various screening evenings, and will later by shown in the festival and on the Public Broadcasting Corporation’s digital platform.
The Film Bus Project is a joint project of the International Student Film Festival and the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, and is supported by The Film Council, Ministry of Culture and Sport, Public Broadcasting Corporation – Kan, Cilect, Egged Transportation, The Director’s Guild and Dizengoff Center.
Director of the Film Bus Project: Tamar Alon