The International Student Film Festivalby Camea Smith | 11.06.18
The International Student Film Festival has been run and produced by the students of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television since 1986. Every year, students from 20 different countries arrive to Tel Aviv to join their local counterparts, as well as prominent film makers from Israel and abroad, for a week-long festival of premiere screenings, workshops, master classes, lectures and cinematic events. The Festival, which is currently taking place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque (2 Sprinzak Street, Tel Aviv) until June 16, annually holds three competitions: the International Competition and the Israeli Competition for student films and the Independent Competition that focuses on short films created outside of the academic environment.
This year, the festival will host special projects, including Fashion Film Day (11-12/6), a series of events curated by Telavivian contributor, the creative director Eyal de Leeuw. Starting tonight, the program will delve into the different aspects of the genre, discussing Israeli fashion films initiated by fashion designers, directors and photographers and featuring a short fashion film selection from the influential digital platform Nowness and the Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival. Two unique fashion films from the 1960s will be screened during the event – William Klein’s “Who Are You, Polly Maggoo,” an iconic satire on the fashion industry, and “Iris,” a film directed by David Greenberg and set in Tel Aviv, in which local fashion plays a pivotal role.
The festival will also host the Docu-Dance Project (13/6), produced and directed by Yael Perlov, a presentation of short documentary films that examine social and political issues in the context of dance, and a seminar (14/6) that will analyze creative collaborations between asylum seekers, artists and film makers. On Friday evening (15/6) the event “Silence, Music Playing” will take place in the open air – a screening of silent films accompanied by a live orchestra that will play music composed especially for the occasion by composition students from Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann-Mehta School of Music.