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Israeli Forum attracts global interest

The second annual Israeli Forum for International Coproductions, held in Tel Aviv from April 23-24 alongside the DocAviv film festival (April 21-26), brought exposure to local doc-makers and resulted in at least one confirmed deal....
June 1, 2000

The second annual Israeli Forum for International Coproductions, held in Tel Aviv from April 23-24 alongside the DocAviv film festival (April 21-26), brought exposure to local doc-makers and resulted in at least one confirmed deal.

The pitch for Diamond and Rust – The Spirit of Namibia, directed and produced by Adi Barash and Ruth Shatz, convinced Rudy Buttignol, creative head of documentaries for Canada’s TVOntario, to sign on. ‘I love the project . . . to me it’s a real Upstairs, Downstairs.’ The doc looks at life on a diamond mining vessel, and the sharp contrast in living conditions between the ship owners and the workers. TVO’s financial contribution to the US$138,000 has not yet been finalized, but Israel’s Channel 1 is in for $40,000 and the New Israel Foundation for Cinema and Television is in for an equal share.

Twenty-six projects were pitched in all, to a panel consisting of four commissioning editors: the BBC’s Nick Fraser; Rudy Buttignol from TVO; Katherine Brinkmann from ZDF/ARTE in Germany; TV2 Denmark’s Mette Hoffmann Meyer.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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