The city of Jerusalem provides a cash back incentive of up to 60% to foreign producers of feature films and TV dramas.
Film industry expenditures made on Jerusalem-based crew, equipment, and post-production facilities qualify. The incentive does not apply to hotels, travel and travel agencies, insurance, or food.
The fund seeks stories written to take place in Jerusalem that showcase the city's locations and landscapes in a positive light, such as a romantic comedy. Part of a high-profile film, such as an opening scene for a James Bond feature, may also qualify as readily as a TV drama if the whole episode takes place in the city.
Scripts seeking to qualify for the incentive will not depict stereotypes of Jerusalem as a place of hatred between Jews and Arabs, a place of Orthodox Jews, a place for bombing, etc.
For consideration, applicants must submit a film synopsis and inform fund managers of the projected spend in Israel as well as the portion that is earmarked for Jerusalem. 50% of the total shoot days in Israel must be executed in Jerusalem in order to qualify. Initial feedback on viability is normally provided within a few weeks.
80% of the cash rebate is returned immediately after completing the shoot and audit of Jerusalem expenditures. The remaining 20% is returned after a production's premier in Jerusalem - a requisite of the fund.
Tel Aviv is this land’s vibrant, modern city with a diverse population that welcomes a constant flow of international jetsetters. Its European feel stands in stark contrast to the Middle Eastern mood, and fantastic food, found on the narrow streets of Jaffa. Jerusalem is a testimony to the Abrahamic faiths that share its heritage.
Israel has an equally varied range of locations in close proximity. You’re never more than a couple hours’ drive when shuttling between the imposing Negev desert, cosmopolitan beaches, fertile farmland, and the unique landscape forming the Dead Sea. Our winter is mild so we can film outdoors nearly all year round.
We’ve facilitated commercial shoots for Avon Cosmetics with director Simon Cheek, Wasa Barilla with director Ago Panini, M6 Orange France and Cetelem with director Vincent Lobelle, Ikea with director Bruce St. Clare, Hermes Paris with director Willy Vanderperre, Chernigivske with director William Armstrong and L’Oreal Paris with director duo Nico & Alex, to name a few. Television work has included One Million Dollar Model, Top Model, BBC’s A Portrait of an Artist and Tyrant on Fox. Eilon Ratzkovsky adds 25 years’ experience line producing award-winning feature films and TV drama to the expertise of our team.
Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Director of Crossroads Productions, Inc.