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Entertainment in Israel

day-tours  GIFMany say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.

High culture is catered for by a fine modern opera house, several theaters, and a busy dance and performing arts center. Popular culture is supported by myriad bars, clubs and live music venues. Elsewhere, there is far less going on. Down on the Red Sea coast and in Sinai, entertainment is largely limited to bars and nightclubs.

Information
The Jerusalem Post and the English-language edition of the newspaper Ha-Aretz, both of which are available throughout Israel, carry daily entertainment listings. Both also have extensive cultural supplements on Fridays with detailed listings of events for the week to come. There is also an English-language listings magazine Time Out Tel Aviv published every two months and available free at certain bars and hotels. Tourist offices also have abundant events magazines.

Classical Music

Classical Music
Classical Music

The Israel Philharmonic, one of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, is based in Tel Aviv at the Performing Arts Center.

The neighboring Tel Aviv Museum of Art also hosts regular chamber music concerts and other classical events in its Recanati Hall. Smaller venues include the Felicia Blumenthal Center and Einav Cultural Center, both of which host local and international classical musicians.

In the village of Ein Kerem near Jerusalem, young musicians give free recitals of chamber music every Friday at noon from October to May at the Fountain of the Virgin in the Targ Center.

Click here for more and complete information about classical music in Israel.

Opera

Jerusalem Opera Festival - Nabucco
Jerusalem Opera Festival – Nabucco

Tel Aviv’s Performing Arts Center is home to the New Israeli Opera, a world-class company, which puts on four or five new productions a year. The center also frequently hosts visiting productions from Europe and America.

Click here for all Opera related articles and lists of Operas in Israel.

Rock, Jazz and Blues

Jazz in Israel
Jazz in Israel

Local rock bands of variable quality perform most nights at Camelot and Ha-Bima Club, and also at Mike’s Place, which is a foreigner-friendly bar down on the seafront. Benchmark is a relative newcomer featuring live music in the bar-saturated area of Nakhalat Binyamin. This might be good or bad, depending on your point of view. At one side, it’s good, because everything is in a few places, but on the other side it’s very disappointing compared with the rest of the world.

For hardcore fans who are prepared to travel, Barbie mixes Israeli rock with Russian hard rock. Cafe Henrietta, Coffee House and Green Racoon, all of which are in  central Tel Aviv, all feature jazz at least one night a week.

Click here for an overview about anything to do with rock, jazz and blues music in Israel.

Click here for the rest of the modern music in Israel.

Bars and Clubs

Tel Aviv night life
Tel Aviv night life

In Tel Aviv, the main cluster of bars is in the Nakhalat Binyamin district, particularly around the southern end of Rothschild Avenue and AAL illenblum. The venue that has young hipsters queuing outside every night is Nanuchka, a rowdy but classy bar-restaurant with surreal decor and a permanent party vibe. Around the corner, the splendidly named Betty Ford is a New York-style bar with a SoHo-style buzz. There are also plenty of good late-night spots around the Cinematheque on Ha-Arbaa Street and up in the Old Port area, which is where you’ll find Hannah’le, a bar with a wooden deck jutting out over the water.

Also up at the Old Port are a couple of super clubs, including long-time favorite the Fifth Dimension. However, perhaps the most fascinating and singular club is Ha-
Hamman, a strikingly beautiful, converted Turkish bathhouse in Jaffa. For something more casual and laidback, there’s Mike’s Place down near the seafront in central Tel Aviv or the Gordon Inn, a local pub with a pool table and a reliably
friendly crowd.

In Sinai, bars and clubs are generally found in the many resort hotels.

Dance

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater
Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater

The internationally-known Bat Sheva company is the mainstay of modern Israeli dance. There are no classical ballet companies in Israel, but contemporary dance is very much alive here. The focal point of dance activity is the Suzanne Dellal Center, a superb, old Ottoman building at the heart of the historic, southern Tel Aviv district of Neve Tzedek, which has benefited from extensive architectural renewal.

In Jerusalem, dance can be seen at the Center for Performing Arts in the Jerusalem Sherover Theater complex, while Jewish and Arabic folk dancing performances take place on Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the YMCA auditorium.

Click here for a list of dance related articles.

Theater

Eilat’s Isrotel Theater
Eilat’s Isrotel Theater

Plays in Israel are almost always performed in Hebrew (or, less commonly, Arabic), although some of the bigger theaters such as Tel Aviv’s Ha-Bima Theater and New Cameri Theater (and Jerusalem’s Sherover Theater) have headphones providing English-language translation for some performances, though there are a lot of performances in English as well. Productions, in all cases, range from revivals of the classics of world drama (both old and modern) to first-run stagings of new Israeli plays.

There are several theater festivals throughout the year in Israel, the most exciting of which is the Acre Fringe Theater Festival, which stages some performances in the city’s subterranean Crusader halls.

Click here for all theater related articles.

Cinema

Cinema City Jerusalem
Cinema City Jerusalem

Foreign films shown in Israel are not dubbed, but carry Hebrew subtitles. Cinemas
are plentiful, especially in Tel Aviv, where complexes such as the Rav-Chen 1–5 are
modern, comfortable and air-conditioned. They tend to screen first-run Hollywood
fare. The Cinematheques, of which there is one in Jerusalem and one in Tel Aviv, specialize in art-house and independent films, as well as holding themed seasons
and retrospectives.

Israel’s biggest movie theater complex is Cinema City, which has 21 auditoriums and three 3D screens.

  1. Cinema City Jerusalem (8/20/2016) - Cinema City Jerusalem, which opened the end of February 2014, is the largest entertainment and cultural center in Jerusalem measuring in at 20,000 square meters and including eight floors, 19 movie theaters, including themed theaters, an indoor mall with dozens of restaurants, cafes and stores, a theater for plays, a hall for conferences, a cinema museum and many other attractions.
  2. Davidson Center (8/19/2016) - The center was built into the basement of an eighth-century building, scrupulously preserving and enhancing it. As you follow the winding ramp downward, artwork and archaeological finds take you back through the ages, and you’ll meet colorful figures of Jerusalem’s exploration in days gone by. A ten-minute, high-definition digital video ingeniously interchanges the experience of Second Temple pilgrims with that of present-day visitors.
  3. Ein Yael (8/20/2016) - Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds instructional-experiential workshops for schoolchildren and youth on material culture in ancient times.
  4. Entertainment for Children in Israel (9/28/2016) - In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits. Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks. On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.
  5. Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2016 Entertainment in Israel (9/28/2016) - Many say that there is not enough entertainment in Israel. Is that so? Israel has its theaters, concert halls and cinematheque in Jerusalem (high culture), but in Tel Aviv are the bigger entertainment centers (popular culture). In Jerusalem they pray, in Haifa they work, in Tel Aviv they play. In this article I describe entertainment in Israel and where to find it.
  6. Family and Children Tour 10 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German and Dutch.
  7. Family and Children Tour 12 Days (8/24/2016) - This tour is for families and their children. It will bring you to Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Golan, Safed, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Qumran, Masada, Negev and Eilat. The tour is designed for the individual, as for groups, with or without a professional guide. The guide can speak English, German, and Dutch.
  8. Festival BeShekel 2016 Festival BeShekel 2016 – Two days for Free – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - Thousands of people descend on Monfort Lake Park in North Israel for a free 2-day festival. Founded in 2001, famous bands like Nechi Nech, Yemen Blues, and Yuval Dayan, perform alongside smaller local bands. There are also loads of events for the family, including shows, face painting, stalls, and lots of other activities.
  9. Haifa Film Festival 2016 – October 2016 (9/6/2016) - The Haifa International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place every autumn (between late September and late October), during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, in Haifa, Israel. The festival was inaugurated in 1983 and was the first of its kind in Israel.
  10. International Center Mary of Nazareth (8/18/2016) - Modern multimedia technology portrays the Virgin Mary’s role in salvation history at the Mary of Nazareth International Center, just across the street from the towering basilica that commemorates her agreement to become the mother of the Son of God.
  11. Jewish Film Festival 2016 Jewish Film Festival 2016 – December 2016 (9/15/2016) - The annual Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque explores a range of topics connected to the issue of Jewish identity are examined including: faith, art, culture, philosophy, music, food, lifestyle in Israel and in the Diaspora and the relationship between Judaism and other religions.
  12. Katzrin, Capital of the Golan (10/9/2016) - Katzrin (Qazrin), ‘capital of the Golan’, with 6,725 people living there, makes an excellent base for exploring the central Golan and stocking up on picnic supplies. Founded in 1977, it is the region’s only real town. The lively little commercial center, Merkaz Eitan, is a classic 1970s complex that was spruced up considerably in 2013 – adding a tile-covered sculpture that is as whimsical as it is colorful. In addition to a bank and some eateries, it has a first-rate museum. Everything closes on Shabbat.
  13. Kings City Eilat (8/15/2016) - Biblical amusement park. Caves depicting stages in King Solomon's life, an elevator to underground biblical scenes, 3-D movies, Hippopotamuses that spray water, water slides, mazes, an arcade and more. The park is closed on Saturdays and holidays.
  14. Jerusalem Day 2019 May 2019 – Jerusalem Day 2019 (2/7/2019) - Jerusalem Day is the day we celebrate the independence of the holy city, celebrations include huge parties, concerts, street parties and more! To get an idea of what Jerusalem Day looks like, check out last year’s list of events
  15. Sahek Ota, Emek Hefer (8/20/2016) - This huge fun park is the only water park in Israel that operates all year round, with water parks in the summer, and heated pools and play areas in the winter. Plenty of great activities for the kids, with an extreme water park, fair rides, video games, mini golf, the Himalaya Bridge, a gymboree, and other great things to enjoy! There’s also a small museum.
  16. Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 Shaon Horef – Cultural Festival 2017 – February 2017 (9/8/2016) - Every year, for 4 weeks in February, the Shaon Horef Cultural Festival transforms the streets of Jerusalem into a lively cultural venue full of surprises as thousands of young people come together for this exciting series of cultural happenings with more then 100 free events.
  17. Sounds of the Old City 2017 – March 2017 (9/8/2016) - Sounds of the Old City is a festival of international music inspired by the Old City quarters which are a focal point of Jerusalem’s culture and tourism. It allows visitors the exposure to the musical traditions found in the Old City of Jerusalem where special melodies both ancient and modern, played on a range of instruments and ensembles, create a collage of beautiful music.
  18. The French Film Festival The French Film Festival – March 2017 – April 2017 (9/8/2016) - French film is the most popular foreign film in Israel after English-language film, consistently drawing the largest number of viewers, with a larger number of films being brought to Israel from France than from any other country.
  19. The Opera at Zappa - Pretty Woman The Opera at Zappa – Pretty Woman – September 2016 (1/7/2016) - Opera and movies is a winning combination. From Pretty Woman to The Fifth Element, from James Bond to Mission Impossible opera has served as a great soundtrack for the great movies of all time. An evening of operatic soundtracks from La boheme to La traviata with an addition of great film songs from Goldfinger, Breakfast at Tiffnay’s and more.
  20. The Tour from Hell (10/1/2016) - This tour was the tour from hell ... for me. For the group absolutely not, because they had loads of fun, costing me my hair of course. We are talking about a tour, which shows what Israel actually is, a mixture of culture, adventure, exploration and Israeli sights in all the major touristic centers of Israel. This article is part of the Tour Guide Diaries September 2016.
  21. Tower of David (8/19/2016) - Fortress within the walls of the Old City which is a complex of towers surrounded by a wall and a moat. The archaeological park in the courtyard of the fortress contains ancient remains. The Tower of David museum on the history of Jerusalem operates in the halls of the fortress. A special night show on the story of Jerusalem throughout the generations takes place in the evenings in the courtyard of the museum.
  22. Tower of David Nightly Light Show Spectacle Gallery (10/5/2016) - The walls of the Citadel serve as a stage for a nighttime show which is a celebration of sight and sound. Amidst the archaeological remains in the Citadel’s courtyard and to the sound of original music, the story of Jerusalem unfolds through giant breathtaking, virtual reality images. The Night Spectacular uses trompe l’oeil technology – the stones of the walls and structures fade into the scenes and the screened images envelop the viewers and whisk them off to a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

Spectator sports
Football is by far the most popular sport throughout the Holy Land. Two teams from Jerusalem play in Israel’s premier league, Beitar and Ha-Poel, and matches take place in the new Teddy Stadium at Malkha in West Jerusalem.

Basketball is the next most popular sport. The Jerusalem team, Ha-Poel, plays in the Sports Arena near the Teddy Stadium, while the Maccabee Tel Aviv plays at the Yad Eliahu Arena just off the Ayalon highway.

Swimming

Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim 2016
Speedo Sea of Galilee Swim 2016

Almost all the large hotels have outdoor swimming pools; the YMCA in Jerusalem
also has an indoor pool. You can also swim all year round at the Jerusalem Swimming Pool, in the German Colony district, south of the center. The Red Sea is warm enough for year-round swimming, although most resort hotels also have swimming pools. Swimming in the Mediterranean is fine in summer but it’s too cold
from around October to April.

Children

In northern Tel Aviv, the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo makes a good outing for children. You can drive through and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. The Children’s Museum in Holon, a short drive from Tel Aviv, has lots of fun, interactive exhibits.
Mini Israel, which is just off the main highway that runs between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has over 350 miniature models of the Holy Land’s most important landmarks.
On the shores of the Dead Sea, just south of Jericho.

But there is so much more for children and their entertainment.

Directory

CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • Einav Cultural Centre, 71 Ibn Gvirol St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 521 7763.
  • Felicia Blumenthal Centre 26 Bialik St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 620 1185. http://www.fbmc.co.il
  • King Hussein Cultural Centre Omar Matar St, El-Muhajareen, Amman. Tel (06) 473 9953.
  • Performing Arts Centre 19 Ha-Melekh Shaul Ave, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 692 7777.
  • Royal Cultural Centre Al-Malekah Alia St, Shmeisani, Amman. Tel (06) 566 1026.
  • Targ Centre Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem. Tel (02) 641 4250. http://www.klassi.net/targ
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art 27 Ha-Melekh Shaul Ave, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 696 1297. http://www.tamuseum.com

OPERA

ROCK, JAZZ AND BLUES

  • Barbie 52 Kibbutz Gayulot St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 518 8123.
  • Benchmark37 Nakhalat Binyamin St,Tel Aviv.
  • Cafe Henrietta 186 Arlozorov St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 691 1715.
  • Camelot16 Shalom Aleichem St,Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 629 8666.
  • Coffee House88 Dizengoff St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 528 0565.
  • Green Racoon 186 Ben Yehuda St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 529 8513.
  • Ha-Bima ClubBasement, 2 Tarsat St,Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 528 2174.
  • Mike’s Place86 Herbert Samuel, TelAviv.Tel (052) 670 965.

BARS AND CLUBS

  • Betty Ford 48 Nakhalat Binyamin St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 510 0650.
  • Big Fellow Irish Pub Abdoun Circle, Amman. Tel (06) 593 4766.
  • Cave Bar Behind the Visitors’ Centre, Petra. Tel (03) 215 6266.
  • Champions Amman Marriott, Isam el-Ajlouni St, Shmeisani, Amman. Tel (06) 560 7607.
  • Fifth Dimension Old Port, Tel Aviv. Tel (052) 242 5891.
  • Gordon Inn 17 Gordon St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 523 8239.
  • Ha-Hammam 10 Mifraz Shlomo St, Jaffa. Tel (03) 681 3261.
  • Hannah’le Old Port, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 488 4884.
  • Living RoomMohammed HusseinHeikal St, Amman.Tel (06) 465 5988.
  • Nanuchka28 Lilenblum St, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 516 2254.

DANCE

  • Jerash Festival Jerash Festival Office, Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 567 5199. http://www.jerashfestival.com.jo
  • Suzanne Dellal Centre 5 Yehieli St, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 510 5656.
  • YMCA King David St, Jerusalem. Tel (02) 569 2692.

THEATER

CINEMA

  • Century Cinemas 3rd Circle, Jebel Amman, Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 461 3200.
  • Cinema CityGilot Junction, Tel Aviv.Tel (1-700) 702 25.
  • GalleriaAbdoun Circle,Amman, Jordan. Tel (06) 593 4793. Rav-Chen 1-5
  • Opera Towers, 1 AllenbySt, Tel Aviv.Tel (03) 510 2674.
  • Tel AvivCinematheque 2 Sprinzhak St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 606 0800.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

  • Jordan International Stadium Shmeisani, Amman.
  • Teddy Stadium Agudat Sport Beitar, Malkha, West Jerusalem. Tel (02) 678 8320.
  • Yad Eliahu Arena 51 Yigal Allon St, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 537 6376.

SWIMMING

  • Jerusalem Swimming Pool 43 Emek Refaim St. Tel (02) 563 2092.

CHILDREN

  • Children’s Museum 1 Mifratz Shlomo St, Holon, Israel Tel (03) 650 3000.
  • Mini Israel Kibbutz Nacsho, Latrun, Israel Tel (08) 922 2444.
  • Ramat Gan Safari Zoo Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. Tel (03) 631 3531.

Jewish Film Festival 2016 – December 2016

The annual Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque explores a range of topics connected to the issue of Jewish identity are examined including: faith, art, culture, philosophy, music, food, lifestyle in Israel and in the Diaspora and the relationship between Judaism and other religions.



The festival emphasizes the different ways there are to be Jewish, referring to the individual and the collective through pluralistic ideals and religious freedom.

At the festival every year dozens of films are screened from Israel and abroad including featured films, documentaries, short films, animated films and others. Besides screenings, the festival offers lectures, competitions, discussions, live music, special events and more.

Jewish Film Festival 2016 Highlights

While we wait for the 2016 program, check out some highlights from last year…

Summer Solstice

Poland, 1943. Love, friendship, and fate connect a Polish country boy, the daughter of a local farmer, a young German soldier, and a Jewish girl from Warsaw. The ill-fated and unlikely connection of these four, in the context of a horrific war, leads to a series of tragedies. Will they be able to hold on to their dreams while facing the horrors of their time?

When: December 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Tickets: Buy now!

13 Minutes

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German-produced 13 Minutes recounts the events surrounding the November 8, 1939 assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler through the eyes of would-be assassin Johann Georg Elser after he was caught and imprisoned.

When: December 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm
Tickets: Buy now!

The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls

Every year, tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews make a pilgrimage to the city of Uman in the Ukraine, to the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the holy site; but as Jewish visitors flock to the post-communist enclave, tensions with the local population rise and nationalist sentiments soon emerge. The Dybbuk won the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI prize at the most recent Odessa Film Festival.

When: December 10. 2015 at 5:30 pm
Tickets: Buy now!

Natasha

Sixteen-year old Mark, the son of Russian immigrants, lives with his parents in Toronto. When his uncle marries a woman from Moscow, she arrives in Canada with her 14 year-old daughter, the troubled Natasha. Gradually, a forbidden romance develops between the young cousins, while the marriage between Natasha’s mother and Mark’s uncle falls apart. A coming-of age drama, Natasha charts the conflicts between old immigrants and new.

When: December 11,2015 at 7:15 pm
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Deli Man

Erik Greenberg Anjou’s shines a light on the “endangered” Jewish delis — their importance to communities, families and their unique food and culture — through interviews with owner-operators and long-time patrons.

Following the screening, there will be a conversation with Anjou.

When: December 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Tickets: Buy now!

Full schedule

Check out the full schedule of Jewish Film Festival 2015 screenings >>

Details

When: December 2016
Where: Jerusalem Cinematheque, 11 Hebron Road
Tickets: Buy now!
Contact: *9377 or contact@jer-cin.org.il

Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival – June 2017

Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival was founded by the students of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television in order to promote academic artistry here and across the globe. Today, the festival is considered the greatest of its kind and it is one of the top three in its field. The festival is a non-profit organization and is produced and managed by volunteer students filled with passion for the art of film. The festival is characterized by young, fresh energy that distinguishes it from all other cultural events that take place here and around the world.



Single Ticket – 30 nis (Purchasing on ticket office or phone – 33 nis)
Three Tickets Pass – 75 nis
Five Tickets Pass – 110 nis

Tel-Aviv Cinematheque Website
Tel Aviv Cinematheque Ticket Office 8:30-22:00
Phone : +972 (0)3-6060800, ext. 0

Festival Center
Tel-Aviv Cinematheque
2 Shprinzak Street, Tel-Aviv (Ha’Arbaa Corner) (map).
Festival Office
Film and Television Department
Tel-Aviv University
Mexico Building, Room 20
Phone : +972 (0)3- 640-9936
Fax: +972 (0)3-640-9935
Email: Filmfest@tauex.tau.ac.il
For Additional Information
www.taufilmfest.com


The festival is a long-time running cultural event, one that bears much significance on the film industry in Israel and it is the largest get-together of film students from across the world reaching all Israeli regions. What stands out the most about the festival is the number of films and schools that take part in it: 200 films from over 70 films schools from all over the world, the famous filmmakers who attend the festival and the special atmosphere that surrounds it. It is a week filled with young and subversive cinema, fascinating cinematic events, workshops, master classes, conventions, parties and exhibitions.

The festival is the center stage for the Short Film. The international competition displays a panoramic view of the inner world of young filmmakers across the world; the Israeli competition presents the future generation’s up and coming talents and the independent competition introduces films that were done outside of the academic environment.

The Festival is a one of a kind encounter for filmmakers and academics from across the world. Students from 30 different countries arrive to Tel Aviv with their films and stay with Israeli students. Furthermore, the festival hosts leading filmmakers and artists who hold professional master classes and screen their extensive work.

The festival encourages young filmmakers and is known in Israel as the place where the next film making generation in Israel and the world is discovered. This Israeli festival promotes equality, pluralism and multiculturalism through social activities and festive screenings across the country.

SPIRIT Film Festival – November 2016

Films that uplift, enlighten and challenge us. Films that reflect the human spirit, the human existence, and the opportunity to live in peace with our selves, with each other, with the universe. Films that speak from the heart and awake joy, love and compassion within us. The spiritual cinema sheds light on the quest for meaning and inspiration, and has become a prominent trend in the film industry around the world.



Eligibility:
Tel Aviv SPIRIT Film Festival is a forum for filmmakers who create films with themes that inspire transformation and personal growth, promote positive global activism and create environmental awareness. It is our goal to create a dialogue about the global issues that impact us all and to amplify the voices of those who need to be heard

All films submitted are required to explore their particular theme in spirituality with intellectual honesty, respect and in a constructive manner that does not attack or degrade the belief system of any other spiritual tradition or institution. We welcome films in every genre and format, short, documentary, art, animation and features to be eligible for consideration.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles.

  • Cinematheque Tel Aviv
  • 2 Shprintzak Street
  • Order by Phone: 03-6060800 Ext 0
  • Purchase on the web: www.cinema.co.il

Formats:
All entries must include an official 2015 Festival “submission entry form” properly completed and DVD screener copy of the work.

If your work is selected, you will be responsible for delivery of the exhibition format (35mm, BETA (prefer) or DVD) to the Shipping Address (above) by the designated date. The Festival will arrange and cover the cost of the return shipping of your print or video after the conclusion of the Festival.

  • Website.
  • Tel: 972-52-388-8533
  • Fax: 972-9-740-9532

About SPIRIT

small-butterflySPIRIT Group

Spirit group was established by Lev Tahor organization and D’plus productions house in order to respond to the growing Israeli demand for an alternative in life style, art and culture. The cooperation between the two bodies opens for the public a window to the spiritual content world, and enables everyone to be exposed to a cultural activity with added value to the society we live in.
Spirit group produces the international spiritual film festival, which takes place for the 10th time, in November 2016, in the new Tel-Aviv Cinimatheque, with the cooperation of the city council.

Lev Tahor organization was established at 2001 by Harsita and Anamika Eshel, partners in life and in action. They are SPIRIT film festival’s founders and artistic managers. The organization produces events in Israel and the world that contribute the formation of a conscious, peaceful and harmonic society. Events that constitute a meeting place to a broad and diverse crowd interested in alternative culture, self growth and spiritual development. In Israel they have established the weekly films screening in Tel Aviv Cinematheque “SPIRIT Cinema Circle” and   ” Cinema Nirvana” which introduce  series and other one-time events of alternative lectures with films.  www.levtahor.co.il

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de’Plus production company was established in 1987 by the Ronell brothers, and is considered the leading company in Israel in creating experiences in the field of events and life style. With a strong connection to the leading trends in Israel and the world, creative thinking and communal consciousness, De’plus has its signature on some of the prominent events of the last years in Israel. Side by side with festivals and business events, De’plus constantly acts to promote contemporary culture in Israel. www.depluspro.co.il.
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סינמטק חדשTel Aviv Cinematheque

Israel’s First Art House Cinema, since 1973, it has offered two screens: one for mainstream artistic films, the other for retrospectives and premieres. .In 2012 the Cinematheque opened  it new expended wing and now offer 5 new theaters. Almost every month there is a different festival, among them Doc Aviv documentary festival in March, the IsraeliAcademy awards in late summer and its student film festival. This institute is very much involved in social and political questions of Israeli society. The Cinematheque has allowed the screening of films which have been cast aside by official or social censorship. This organization offers a yearly membership that gives free entrance to all screenings. www.cinema.co.il

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Antarctica: A Year on Ice (New Zealand 2014)

Alive Inside (USA 2014)

המוות מאפשר חיים

המסע המקודש של הלב

למצוא את האושר

נזיר עם מצלמה

נע מתוך הריק: חייו ואומנותו של ה- Zen Dude

על מדיטציה

ערות: החיים על פי יוגננדה

ריקוד של חירות

שיר על ארץ חדשה

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