Tamer El Said, director, Cairo (Egypt)

I met her Isabelle Fauvel 2006 in Paris and I was at the very early stage of my film. We exchanged few emails and I recall her very enthusiastic tone that touched me deeply by then. Since the film is finished, I'm very happy to show it to her as I truly measure the importance of meeting professionals along the way who give you hope and strength to believe in your film when so many tend to discourage you.

 Tamer El Said, Director of In the last days of the city, Cairo



Summer break 2017 !

Summer break 2017 !
We'll be on break until August 24th...
See you soon to turn over some leaves and grow some new ones !



TIFF Long Take Ep 21 : How to get a script made in 2017, with Isabelle Fauvel

Is Isabelle Fauvel the European Development Guru ?

Find out by checking out the great podcast recorded by
Geoff Macnaughton and Rob Kraszewski for TIFF Long Take.

More seriously, enjoy the discussion with Isabelle Fauvel about scriptwriting / development

"Isabelle talks about how she's made a career out of being brutally honest, why she thinks the industry places far too much emphasis on "well-written" scripts, and why she's more attracted to good ideas than good writing.

She also explains why she suggests that her clients make a dumbed-down version of their script, how she's able to recognize great talent, and why asking your mom for feedback on your script probably isn't the right approach."

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The TIFF Long Take Podcast with Isabelle Fauvel is also available on SoundCloud as well as many other great ones, among which :
- Ep. 22: Has 'Game of Thrones' Transcended Television ?
- Ep. 18: Why Edgar Wright Chose Originality Over IP
- Ep. 4: Why Get Out Is the Future of Genre Film

Check them out !












Jerusalem International Film Lab - Closing event 2017


Congratulations to Dea Kulumbegashvili for winning the International Prize at the Closing Event of the The Jerusalem International Film Lab !

We are happy for the project Naked Sky and Rati Oneli, her co-writer and producer and proud to have scouted Dea, bravo !


Since the first edition of the The Jerusalem International Film Lab, all the International Prizes have been awarded to directors scouted by Isabelle Fauvel & the Initiative Film team.
This year, it's been won by Georgian writer director Dea Kulumbegashvili for her script Naked Sky.
Check out Screen International's article about this year's closing event.


Since 2012, many directors we have scouted shot their films, among which :
Son of Saul / Saul fia, by Laszlo Nemes (Grand prix in Cannes, Best foreign film Academy award...)
Run by Philippe Lacote (Un certain regard in Cannes)
We are young, we are strong, by Burhan Qurbani
Banat by Adriano Valerio 
The Black pin, Ivan Marinovic
Compte tes blessures - A Taste of Ink, Morgan Simon

And many more are coming as Asa Hjorleifsdottir's The swan and Ferit Karahan's The death of black horses are currently in postproduction !

Jerusalem 2017

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