About the festival

The International Student Film Festival was established in 1986 at the initiative of the students of Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television. Ever since, the festival is held annually in the month of June, it takes place in its main venue the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, and in venues around the city, and presents over 150 short films from Israel and abroad.

The International Student Film Festival is the largest of its kind in the world and is considered one of the three most important in its field. Its activities are made possible thanks to dozens of volunteer students who curate the contents and produce the various events, and are motivated by their desire to promote student creativity and the short film format, in Israel and around the world.

Each year the festival holds three major competitions; an international student film competition featuring films from 40 different countries, an Israeli student film competition in which approximately 10 film schools from around the country participate, and a competition for short independent films from Israel. Alongside the traditional competitions, this year we initiated a competition for short experimental films and a competition for digital media projects (V.R, A.R and M.R), in order to present projects using alternative technologies or mediums for classical cinema.

In order to promote film students and recent graduates, the festival hosts guests of honor from within the local and international industry, and holds master classes, meetings, speed-dating events with students and producers, and pitching opportunities for recent graduates during which selected films are awarded short film production grants.

The International Student Film Festival welcomes you to take part in this festive week and hear the voices of the young talents who represent the future generation of filmmakers in and outside of Israel.

From 50:50 to 2020

In Israel, like in other countries, most of the films are produced, written, directed and shot by men. The number of women, who finish their studies at film schools in Israel and direct a theses film, is much larger than the number of women who end up directing full-length films.

As the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, we see fit to ensure equal opportunities for women in their early stages in the Film Industry. We are joining film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Sarajevo, IDFA, Toronto, Annecy and San Sebastian with the commitment:

  1. To gather data about the films crew members’ gender.
  2. Present the list of the festival’s programmers.
  3. Make sure that there is at least an equal number of women on the senior staff of the festival.
  4. Aspire to present 50% films made by men and 50% films made by women (directed, written, or most of the film’s senior crew consist of women) in the 2020 festival edition.

Today, at the opening of the 21st International Student Film Festival 2019, we can safely say that we are moving towards achieving the goals we have set for ourselves; A female majority constitutes the festival’s senior staff this year, including the production and management of artistic programs and competitions, 87 of the films participating in official competitions were directed by women, and fifty percent of the judges are women. Furthermore, we are pleased to celebrate female cinematic work by hosting five major filmmakers, fascinating women from around the world, with whom master classes will be held and whose films will be screened during the festival.

We commit ourselves to work towards gender equality in the Film Industry and to allow a new generation of filmmakers to grow.

“The staris of our industry MUST be accessible to all. Let’s climb”

(Cate Blanchett and Agnès Varda at Cannes film festival, May 2018)

The Crew
Festival Director /

מיה קפלן

Festival Director /

טליה ויגודר

Production Manager /

מיכל חג'ג'

Line Producer /

אלונה עמרם

Director of Hospitality Department /

לירי בן דרור

Technical Director /

שי סקיף

The International Competition Director /

דניאל אגמון

The International Competition Director /

חן שמואלי

The Israeli Competition Director /

מיטל לינדבור

מנהלת התחרות הישראלית /

שירה ראוזניץ

The Independent Short Film Competition Director /

נתאיה קסירר

The Independent Short Film Competition Director /

סאלח סעדי

Digital Media Exhibition Director /

דניאל חמד

Digital Media Exhibition Director /

טס השילוני

Digital Media Technical Director /

אסף האפט

Director of LookOut: The Experimental Film & Video Program /

טל לוי

The Online Competition Director /

גל אוסטרינסקי

The Online Competition Director /

איתי ג'משי

The Film Bus Director /

נעה כהן

Website Manager /

אור ענבר

T-Port Director /

ניב פוקס

T-Port International Manager /

עמוס גבע

Contact Us
Tel Aviv International Student Film Fest

Tickets Sale 

Tel Aviv Cinematheque
Website :www.cinema.co.il
Tel Aviv Cinematheque Ticket Office 8:30- 22:00
Phone : +972 (0)3-6060800, ext. 0


The Steve Tisch School of Film & TV / Tel Aviv University
Mexico Building, Room 20
Phone : +972 (0)3- 640-9936
Email: [email protected]

Festival Center
Tel Aviv Cinematheque
2 Sprinzak Street, Tel Aviv