Catalyzing Cinematic Creation in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Rift Valley

The Shomron Cinema Fund is a novel initiative supported by the Ministry of Culture's 2019 funding program, which identified a new funding category - supporting institutions that aid in the production of films primarily set in or created by residents of the geographical periphery.

Our mission is to foster a local industry in the fields of cinema, television, and new media, specifically in the West Bank region. At the core of this initiative is the desire to enhance the visibility and representation of Israel’s peripheral areas and to cultivate a rich cultural and professional dialogue between creators residing in these areas and the burgeoning Israeli film industry.

Our Objectives

● Encourage Israeli filmmaking while safeguarding the essential freedoms of expression and creativity that are indispensable for artistry and filmmaking.
● Foster a unique Israeli cultural identity, highlighting the rich cultural diversity, varied perspectives, ideologies, and values within Israeli society. We believe that film has the power to resonate with all segments of society.
● Promote creative endeavours among West Bank-based creators to amplify the voices and stories of these communities that often lack substantial exposure.
● Inspire creatives from across the nation to find inspiration in the peripheries and unravel their unique stories and narratives.
● Provide support and funding for independent films based on talent, quality, and cinematic creativity, advocating for excellence in Israeli filmmaking.

Our Team


Esther Alouch

CEO of the Fund


Mordechai Vardi

Art Director


Shira Eagle

Production Manager


Oren Reich

Production Consultant

Fund Guidelines and Regulations

The Shomron Cinema Fund is committed to supporting film proposals from creators aged 18 and above.
● The Fund applicant must hold exclusive copyright to the work under consideration for production funding.
● The film submitted for funding should meet the criteria outlined in the Ministry of Culture and Sport’s funding eligibility guidelines for public institutions engaged in filmmaking. This includes clause 3a of the 1985 Budget Act, and the 2005 Film Rules (i.e., recognizing a production as an Israeli film), and it must comply with all legal requirements and directives stipulated in the 1999 Film Act, 2007 Copyright Act, and the 2011 Budget Act (amendment no. 40). It also applies to any subsequent rules, regulations, tests, directives, and protocols that may replace the aforementioned.
● Film funding applicants may apply for funding—subject to the Fund's regulations and in alignment with its objectives—within various tracks set by the Fund's management: film production, rough cut film production, and script development in the following categories:
a) Israeli Feature-length Fiction Films: These include Israeli films exceeding 60 minutes intended for theatrical release, as well as full-length animated films. b) Documentaries: Documentaries and complex documentaries as defined under clause 17 of Media Rules, including animated documentaries. c) Israeli Shorts: Israeli narrative fiction films, encompassing drama and animation but excluding student films, with a runtime of under 60 minutes. These are designated for, among other things, theatrical release.
● Funding from the Fund for any film will not exceed 80% of its production budget.
● Films that have already received funding from another Ministry of Culture and Sport-supported application in the same field will not be considered for funding.
● At least one copy of every film produced with the Fund's support will be submitted to the archives for research and public recourse purposes, provided it meets all Department of Culture and Sport’s Section 9 ('tchum tet') criteria for film funding support eligibility for public institutions in the field of filmmaking.
● Films produced with the Fund's support will acknowledge both the Fund's contribution and the support of the Department of Culture and Sport, as recommended by the Film Council. This acknowledgment will appear in the film's opening and closing credits, mentioning the film fund, the Department of Culture and Sport, and the Film Council, and displaying their respective logos. The wording will be provided by the Fund and adhere to the Fund's guidelines.
● An Israeli film produced by the Fund will be presented as an Israeli film at all public screenings, both domestically and internationally, including official promotional campaigns and any associated advertising, as per standard protocol. For clarity, this does not prevent a film recognized as an Israeli film, based on local Film Rules and Regulations, from being presented as a co-production between an Israeli and a foreign producer (i.e., an international co-production).

Application procedure:
Applicants of proposals for support in all fields will submit their proposal to the fund online in the Hebrew language, through the official Shomron Cinema Foundation website:

Members of the Executive Committee

Etty Arzi Lerner (2019)
Yossi Fintz (2019)
Rabbi Yosef Porat (2019)
Shela Gamliel (2019)
Elisaf Parshan (2019)
Dr. Yehiel Shavi (2019)
Zvi Stauber (2019)
David HaEvri (2019)
Nadiva Perlmutter (2019)
Neely Marciano (2019)
Shmuel Edelman (2020)
Chen Galon-Klein (2020)

Procedure for Evaluating Applications and Readers’ Responsibilities

Phase A:

The Fund will publicly announce calls for submissions for assistance with film production, script development, and film production completion. The call for proposals will be published at least one month prior to the application submission deadline. The invitation to submit applications is open to all.
During each funding round, every proposal will be reviewed by at least three readers, ensuring an odd number of decision-makers. These readers will include individuals listed as readers by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, provided such a list exists.
The Fund will submit scripts for review without disclosing the applicant's name (screenwriter, director, or producer). Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to submit proposals that allude to the team (names or photos) working on the film, except within the online application form. Proposals breaching this rule may be immediately disqualified, without additional explanation.
Readers are responsible for providing a detailed and reasoned evaluation of their decision on the application. Readers will fill out forms according to the grading system, allowing the application to be scored based on the sample forms from the Ministry of Culture and Sports for public institutions in the field of cinema.

Phase B:

The readers’ recommendations will be presented to an advisory committee. The project director and the artistic director will be members of this committee.
The advisory committee will discuss the funding requests and the readers' recommendations and will make recommendations for support for film production, and script and film development. The advisory committee's funding recommendations will take into account the readers’ evaluations and the scores assigned by the committee based on the aforementioned criteria.

Phase C:

The advisory committee's recommendations will be forwarded to the Fund's executive committee for approval.
The executive committee holds the authority to finalize the list of scripts that will be approved for funding/support.

General Guidelines:

1. Decisions on proposals will be made within four months from the final day of accepting submissions.
2. After deciding on a support request, the Fund will provide the applicant with a response form. This response will be written and reasoned, accompanied by the readers’ opinions without disclosing their names. The response will be sent to the email address provided by the applicant in the support request. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the email account is active and accessible, including checking the 'spam' folder.
3. Readers’ terms are limited to a period not exceeding two years, and they cannot serve more than one consecutive term.
4. Applicants may submit up to 3 proposals for the same film during any call for proposals. Each proposal will be evaluated by a distinct team of readers.
5. The Fund will not provide aid to a film if the majority of the readers who evaluated the proposal recommended against its support.
6. A creator whose proposal request has been rejected after three proposals will have the right to appeal. This appeal will be reviewed by a committee from the Fund, composed of two members from the Fund's executive committee and one public representative. The committee's recommendations on appeals will be forwarded to the executive committee.

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