About the Festival


The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (TISFF) invites you to take part in this festive week, to see and hear the voices of up-and-coming talents representing the future generation of filmmakers in Israel and around the world.

The festival holds five major competitions: The International Competition, The Israeli Competition, The Short Independent Film Competition, LookOut: The Experimental Film & Video Program and The Digital Media International Exhibition & Competition.

TISFF supports and promotes young filmmakers in their first steps in the world of filmmaking, with more than 200 short films from over 30 countries around the world competing. The festival prizes are the highest awarded in the field of student filmmaking. TISFF is in close contact with the international film industry and promotes unmediated dialogue between filmmakers all over the world.

The festival also hosts various film events: artist workshops, masterclasses, social projects, parties, exhibitions and conferences. The international and local film industry attends the festival and nurtures the young filmmakers and the wide audience of critics who come to the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

History of the festival

TISFF was founded in 1986 by a group of students from The Steve Tisch Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. Throughout its years of operation, the festival has maintained its uniqueness as a cultural, cinematic, young and kicking event which has become a major festival in Israel and around the world, that presents original groundbreaking student work from the best film schools in the world.

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