The Festival’s faith in the potential of the student films has inspired it launch the T-Port project, an online student film market that aims to connect the professional film industry with the diverse, high-quality student films currently being produced.
Every year, hundreds of student films are produced in Israel. In fact, film schools function as the largest production companies for shorts. Some of the student films produced in these frameworks are accepted every year to competitions in important festivals and win valuable prizes, as well as serving as an opportunity and introduction for a young artist taking his or her first steps in the industry. In order to realize the potential of these innovative creations, the Festival initiated and launched T-port platform.
The T-Port project is the first of its kind in Israel and the world – a website that will bring together film schools in Israel with select film schools across the world, all under one roof in an online venue, enabling industry professionals to view films created by students in a secure and convenient environment, with an innovative interface. Thus, thousands of professionals – producers, distributors, programmers, festival managers, representatives of broadcasters and managers of private cinemas – will be exposed to student films and be able to establish direct and efficient contact with holders of the rights to these films.
In the part that is open to the general public, the system will serve as a catalog of films from the participating film schools, and enable advanced searches based on various criteria. Industry professionals only will be granted secure access to another part where they will also be able to view the films and contact the holders of the rights at the schools.
The project is conducted in collaboration with the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund.
The website will be launched during the current festival, and its presentation will take place as part of a panel dealing with distribution of short films “The Long Journey of the Short Film”.
The Long Journey of the Short Film
A professional international panel focusing on the marketing and distribution of the short film. Among the topics to be discussed are distribution of short films in the digital age – advantages, disadvantages, new possibilities, the importance of the short film as a filmmaker’s business card, various strategies for distribution for a director / producer. The panel’s participants will include leading figures in the international film industry, including representatives of distribution companies, festivals, film schools and more.
Among the participants: Ben Thompson, Short Film Programmer of the Tribeca Film Festival, Anne Parent, Manager of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival’s Film Market, one of the world’s most important short film festivals, Zoé Rossion, Head of Distribution at Salaud Morisset, one of the leading distribution companies in Europe, filmmaker Assaf Machnes, his film ‘Auschwitz On My Mind’ has participated in more than 140 festivals.
The panel will take place in theater 4