About Docaviv

Docaviv NPO acts at the heart of one of the most innovative, vital, and surprising creative arenas – that of documentary filmmaking. Our vision is to provide unique platforms throughout Israel for screening documentaries, exposing new audiences to the genre and to films that re-examine and expand its boundaries.

Docaviv – the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival is the largest film festival in the city of Tel Aviv, and the only festival in Israel dedicated exclusively to documentary films. It is among the world’s leading documentary festivals, with over 100 new local and international documentaries screened each year. The program includes several competitions: The Israeli Competition, the International Competition, the Depth of Field Competition, the Shorts Competition, and the Student Competition. The Festival also features a special tribute program dedicated to the work of esteemed filmmakers, as well as themed programs dedicated to music, art, social issues, virtual reality and new technologies, and other curated programs.

As a festival that aims to encourage the creation and distribution of influential, moving and powerful films, Docaviv hosts a range of multi-faceted workshops and meetings with the world’s leading documentary filmmakers, including Michel Gondry, Alan Berliner, Ondi Timoner, Brett Morgen, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Claire Simon, João Moreira Salles, Ruth Beckermann, and others. The Festival also holds severalindustry events, including one-on-one meetings between Israeli filmmakers and international decision makers, and DOC-LAB-TLV, a rough-cut lab with international mentors.

In 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences listed Docaviv as one of 28 leading festivals whose winners automatically qualify for Oscar consideration. From this year on, the winners of the Israeli, International and Short film competitions at Docaviv will be eligible to compete for an Oscar in the documentary category.

Each year, Docaviv awards Israel’s largest prize for an original Israeli documentary production, alongside other prizes for Israeli and international films, and outstanding student films. Prizes are also awarded to the winners of Docaviv’s annual student pitching competition and the documentary competition for high school students. Furthermore, the NPO is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young documentary filmmakers through various projects, such as DocuYoung, a hands-on documentary workshop for teenagers. The resulting films are screened each year at the Festival.

Throughout the Festival’s ten days, the celebration of documentary cinema takes place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Additional, admission-free screenings and events are held at other venues throughout the city, including the Port of Tel Aviv, HaPisga Garden in Jaffa, Habima Square, and selected rooftops. In order to expose as wide an audience as possible to documentary works, the NPO also organizes two regional festivals: Docaviv Galilee, held in Ma’alot Tarshiha, and Docaviv Negev, held in Yeruham, as well as dozens of documentary film screenings at cultural centers throughout the country. These events bring documentary films to Israel’s geographical and social periphery. In 2017, we launched Docaviv Cinema at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, providing film lovers with monthly screenings of the year’s greatest documentaries all year round.

The Festival and NPO were founded in 1998 by Ilana Tzur, who served as Festival Director for  12 years. The first edition of Docaviv Festival was four and a half days long, with 46 films screened. It was attended by 5,000 filmgoers. Today, Docaviv is Tel Aviv’s largest film festival, with an audience of over 60,000. In 2008, Galia Bador was appointed Festival Director and CEO of the Docaviv NPO. in 2016, Karin Rywkind Segal was appointed Artistic Director.

The 21st edition of Docaviv Festival will take place in May 2019.

Staff

Festival Director: Galia Bador
Artistic Director: Karin Rywkind Segal
Producer: Yooki (Yael) Ben Shaul
Program Manager: Yaara Ozery
Line Producer: Moran Arzi
PR: Mira Ann Beinart
Friends of the Festival Liaison & Marketing: Michal Ron
Production Coordinator: Tomer Cooper
Website: Rani Einav
IT Solutions: Amir Ozer
New Media: Nitzan Pincu
Writer – Daphna Lewy

NPO Members

Docaviv – NPO for promotion of documentary film founded by Ilana Tsur

  • *Shalmor Rami (Chairman)
  • Dr. Angle Michael
  • *Esteron Yoel
  • Atty. Bogot Amiram
  • Butel Michal
  • *Biton Yehuda
  • Sali Ben Zvi
  • Ben Shaul Ruth
  • *Atty. Ben Shachar Aharon
  • *Berenstein Arik
  • Gilat Iris
  • Galezer Doron
  • Day Gal
  • *Dr. Duvdevani Shmulik
  • Dor Galia
  • Garbuz Alon
  • Lev Dafna
  • Lubetzki Tzvi
  • *Litani Prizan Tamar
  • Weiss-Berkowitz Ronit
  • *Mayer Michael
  • Magnat Dalia
  • Mozer Nilly
  • *Josianne Meitar Tsvia
  • Manor Iri Gabriel
  • Mastechkin Dalia
  • Rachel Marani
  • Marmari Hanoch
  • *Nechama Nira
  • *Sela Sara
  • Perry Nava
  • Fabian Miri
  • Fishbain Einat
  • Prof. Pekelman Dov
  • *Tzur Ilana
  • Koren Dalia
  • Koren Hagai
  • Rabin Ehud
  • Atty. Roberts Richard
  • Rosenheimer Timna
  • Shlomi Yehiel
  • Shlomi Yehudit
  • Dr.Shani Hadassa
  • Shavit Sharon

*Board members of the Association

Docaviv wishes to thank the friends of the festival for their support:
  • The Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Weil-Bloch Foundation
  • Swary Edia & Itzhak
  • Sela Sara & Prof. Michael
  • Amir Lev Ari Yael & Arie
  • Angel Anat & Udi
  • Barne Esther
  • Gottesman Yoav
  • Friedman Daniella
  • Heifetz Debi a& Yoav
  • Hashavshevet
  • Kolitz Naomi & David
  • Mayer Naomi & Michael
  • Meitar Tsvia Josianne
  • Moed Kass Pnina
  • Mor Irit & Miki
  • Moser Mibi & Nili
  • Pines Oded
  • Recanatti Lenny
  • Roberts Richard & Edna
  • Sagol Tova & Sami
  • Shalmor Irina & Rami
  • Shani Hadasa & Meir
  • Anonymous donation
  • Alkalay Rachel & Chaim
  • Assia Naomi
  • Barack Ruth
  • Barake Shelly
  • Bauman Nitza & Israel
  • Bejarano Yael & Marco
  • Ben-Sahhar Ilana & Aaron
  • Brandes Jeni & Hanina
  • Bukspan Nurit
  • Burak Nehama & Jacob
  • Carmel Shosh & Eliezer
  • Carmon Tzipa
  • Cohen Yael
  • Cohen Yifat & Cederbaum Martin
  • Eldar Aviva
  • Elyashiv Ilana & Itzhak
  • Ganor Ofra & Avi
  • Gazit Gil
  • Gilboa Dalya & Amos
  • Gross Zvia & Joseph
  • Heifetz Anat
  • Hertman Estie & Alex
  • Ilan Michal & Udi
  • Jaffa Aliza
  • Judokovski Lea
  • Katzin Yehudit & Ronni
  • Kenny Etty & Miki
  • Kook Mimi & Amir
  • Kook Sara & Emanuel
  • Landau Liora
  • Laufer Miriam
  • Manor Eri & Ruti
  • Meir Rina
  • Mestechkin Dalia
  • Meitar Nehamd Daphna
  • Michael-Tsabari Nava
  • Mirkin Ronnie & Dan
  • Nakash Sigalit & Arie
  • Nave Lili & Avner
  • Nehmad Meitar Dafna
  • Nussbaum Rami & Yehudit
  • Oren Sari & Tanchum
  • Osherroff Nilly & David
  • Padan Ariela & Omri
  • Perry Nava
  • Reichman Ronit & Uriel
  • Rusk Helena
  • Saker Rivak & Zuker Uzi
  • Segal Dovrat Miri
  • Shainman Edna & Yaron
  • Shrem Yochi & Izhak
  • Stiva Ora & Eitan
  • Tamir Anat
  • Ulman Hana
  • Ungar Yael & Rami
  • Vromen Elisheva & Zvi
  • Yachas Roni
  • Zeidler Ziva & Shalom
  • Ziv Josefine & Zvi
Docaviv wishes to thank the new friends of the festival and their support:
  • Dor Galia & Udi
  • Giladi Ferry & Aviv
  • Nehama Nira & Shlomo
  • Rotlevy Ligad & Lilach
  • Tocatly Doris & Dan
  • Anonymous donation
  • Agassi Dafna
  • Alallouf Limor & Nati
  • Arnon Dafna
  • Bar Zeev Yuli & Tomer
  • Barinboim Natalie & Zvika
  • Cohen Adar
  • Drori Riki
  • Elkon Dana & Ari
  • Fuhrer Michal & David
  • Gil Ziv
  • Gortler Rivka
  • Gurion Yifat
  • Guy Anat
  • Harmatz Gila
  • Horn Gil
  • Ilan Carmel & Eran
  • Kolbar Irit & Yonatan
  • Levy Weiss Daphi & Gigi
  • Lanir Tali & Noam
  • Laor Daniella
  • Lasser Einat
  • Marmari Sonia & Hanoch
  • Rywkind Ben-Zour Iris & Eran
  • Segev Dana
  • Shaked Riva
  • Shwartz Boaz & Kika
  • Sternbach Sivan
  • stinberg Ran
  • Susz Sigal
  • Tsioni Orly
  • Unger Dana
  • Waxman Oded
  • Zarfati Hagit
  • Zeder Merav & Lior
  • Zimmerman-Keinan Ofra