Pro event – open to the public

During the Lab’s first day, the filmmakers will be invited to screen clips from their rough cuts before an international panel of experts. Free admission


The Docaviv NPO and the New Fund for Cinema and TV are proud to launch a unique lab to offer professional guidance and mentorship, and personal acquaintance with senior international mentors in the fields of production, direction, distribution, and festivals, for documentary projects in the editing and rough cut stages.
Four Israeli projects will be selected for the lab, which will run three consecutive days during the festival.

The lab will be headed by award-winning senior documentary and feature film editor Joëlle Alexis (“Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem”, “The Green Prince”, “A Film Unfinished”).
She will be joined by the following mentors:
Peter Jaeger, founder of Vienna’s Autlook Filmsales and Jaeger Creative, dedicated to finding innovative funding and distribution solutions.
Matthijs Wouter Knol, the director of the Berlinale’s European Film Market (EFM), documentary producer, and formerly head of coproductions at IDFA.
Xiaolu Guo, award-winning director and author (“She, A Chinese”).

Participating projects were selected by Joëlle Alexis, Vidi Bilu, and Ilan Moscovitz.

Five Rooms of Sand

Director: Rana Abu Fraiha
Editor: Aliza Eskira
I accompany my mother, who has terminal cancer, in her attempts to be buried as a Muslim in Omer, the Jewish city where she’s been living for the past 20 years.

Retirement Party

Director: Assaf Ehrenreich
Editor: Tali Goldring
Right after she retired, my mother came down with a mysterious disease. Dad, on the other hand, far from dealing with his upcoming retirement, lost himself in his work. In an attempt to bridge the gap between them, I lovingly and humorously document the hardships and challenges my family faces as it adjusts to a new life.

Family in Transition

Director: Ofir Treinin
Editor: Roy Ben Ami
The story of an Israeli family whose life is turned on its head when the 40 year old father decides to become a woman, and his wife decides to remain and live with her, raising their four children as two mothers.

Shema Israel

Director: Shay Fogelman
Editor: Or Sinai
In the summer of 2004, Yehoshua Elitzur killed an innocent Palestinian. He was convicted, but escaped. The film tries to track him down while detailing the circumstances of his life, from his bourgeois childhood in Germany, through his conversion and radicalization in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, and finally to a Brazilian prison cell.