Israel Film Archive now available in North America

After a $ 10 million preservation, restoration and digitization process, the entire Israel Film Archive (IFA), Israel’s official film repository, part of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, is now available online in North America as well as Israel (https: / /

In addition, documents available on the website have been translated into English and the entire archive is now searchable in English, with search terms for over 8,000 subjects and over 4,000 people.

The website features news (including all news produced in Israel from 1927 to 1972), home movies (offering a personal view of Israel by residents and visitors over decades), 300 feature films made in Israel (96% of all feature films made in Israel are included) and other rare films, including footage of the Lumière brothers from their visit to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jaffa in 1896. The vast majority of the archive content is free and some feature films are chargeable. .

Ten major Israeli feature films can now be rented for an entire year for $ 4.99 or NIS 15 through the IFA website. These classics include dramas, comedies and cult movies. Among them, three films by Boaz Davidson, including Charlie and a Half, with Yehuda Barkan; Turn left at the end of the world from Avi Nesher, a drama about Indian and Moroccan immigrants in a town in the Negev; and Three Days and a Child by Uri Zohar, an adaptation of AB Yehoshua’s short story, which won the Best Actor award for Oded Kotler at the Cannes Film Festival.

The IFA began as the personal collection of the founder of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Lia van Leer, and was once housed in her home. Today it is an active member of the International Federation of Film Archives and holds more than 32,000 titles, recorded on two million meters of film, and 4,500 hours of productions made in Israel and has a storage volume digital about 6 petabytes (6 million gigabytes). The digitization process began in 2015 and was carried out by dozens of researchers, catalogers and other staff. In recent years, the IFA has restored feature films in 16mm format, including Avanti Popolo, Siege and Life According to Agfa, which have been shown not only at the Jerusalem Film Festival, but also at Cannes and the International Film Festival. Berlin film.

Jerusalem Cinematheque unveils renovated auditorium (credit: courtesy)

IFA partners include the Jaglom Family Foundation, the Beracha Foundation, the Matanel Foundation, the Mifal Hapayis National Lottery, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Jerusalem Development Authority, and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage.

Noa Regev, Director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque – Israel Film Archive, said: “Seven years ago, we launched this project with the aim of transforming the archives into a digital cultural institution accessible to everyone, everywhere. The new platform will undoubtedly serve researchers, filmmakers, culture and history buffs, students, and anyone looking to locate cinematic material from their personal history.

Dr Tali Yariv Mash’al, Director of the Beracha Foundation, said: “The history of cinema in Israel is a treasure trove of images and moments that illustrate the historical processes of the whole region and Israel in particular. We are proud to be among the initiators and donors of this important project.

Dafna Jaglom, on behalf of the Diamond Charity Foundation, said: “I am very proud of the work accomplished and very happy with the end result. The platform is an accessible public treasure for the enjoyment of the general public. I look forward to hearing the reactions and public opinion regarding the use of the site.

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