“Science fiction really is the only genre that lets you use your imagination without limitations.”
For years, the Israeli film industry commonly held the perception that genre films don’t work well in Hebrew. While such films were award-winning, gained commercial success, and were critically acclaimed around the globe, the local, cinematic canon continued to wallow in family dramas and films about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Over the past decade, this perception has shattered thanks to a number of young directors who have not let themselves be restricted by rules and conventions, and who have created Israeli genre films, independently. The films’ increasing success in Israel and around the world has opened up new aesthetic and content-related ways through which to view Israeli reality. As part of the workshop, students from the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University created films inspired by different genres. Each year a different genre is selected. This year, the students’ work focuses on Science Fiction. They have written, directed, and produced short films that are in line with the spirit of the genre, and, at the same time, introduce a fascinating, contemporary dialogue. Based on their in-depth familiarity with its conventions, responding and challenging them, the young filmmakers have examined the genre’s place in today’s social and cultural climate.
Workshop facilitator: Dani Lerner