Bordering on Gaza, one of the most volatile locations in the Middle East, Sapir has created a laboratory for creativity and vibrant cultural activity. This includes extensive study programs and an established, internationally renowned film center. Films and special programs created by the department’s graduates are presented and screened at festivals, broadcasting channels, commercial theaters and prestigious institutes of higher learning throughout the world. Simultaneously, collaboration with international film schools, festivals and cultural centers expands perspective and creates new opportunities for artistic development.
The Office of External Relations and Distribution is characterized by a spirit of action and initiative. The office manages and participates in all areas of the school’s relations with external institutions, both within Israel and internationally. Its objective is to link the diverse content created at the school - dozens of films and hundreds of video clips - with suitable platforms at international festivals, art galleries, broadcasting channels, digital media and more. Individual films, as well as special programs, are screened at film venues in Israel and abroad, in conjunction with some of the leading film schools in the world. Collaboration takes place with official bodies such as the Foreign Ministry and Israeli embassies around the world, as well as local cultural centers. The school works with distribution companies in Israel and abroad, such as the DW in Paris and Go2Film, which specializes in distributing to the Jewish world, among others. The school's films achieve international acclaim, which can be accredited to the fresh voices and diversity of worlds depicted in them. They successfully expand the range of expression and challenge the parameters of Israeli mainstream media. The uncompromising search for an innovative cinematic voice has defined the character of film at Sapir and has enabled graduates with the ability to continually reinvent Israeli film.