Date: 10th November 2000

Israeli Filmakers Complain Of Government Neglect

In advance of next Tuesday night's "Israeli Oscars," several Israeli filmmakers are scolding the government for failing to make good on promises to provide additional production funding.

In an interview appearing in today's (Friday) Jerusalem Post, Ilana Sharon, director of the Israeli Film and Television Academy observed that five films will be competing for Film of the Year next Tuesday. However, she noted, only eleven films were produced in the country this year. "Last year we had nine films in the running," she said. "The fact that we had two more to look at this year doesn't indicate growth. It just means that more films managed to reach the finishing line. Eleven isn't too impressive either."

Source: Studio Briefing