Telavivian Cinema & First Course

by Joy Bernard | 23.10.16

Telavivian is excited to announce that Telavivian Cinema is expanding! For those of you who don’t know, Telavivian Cinema is our magazine’s cinema project. 


Telavivian Cinema’s “Sex Doll” by Hadas Ben Aroya

Once a week, we stream a short film that can be viewed at: The films cover a rich variety of genres; from drama to animation to comedy, and we aspire to bring you some of Israel’s leading and most innovative cinematic oeuvres. Silver screen enthusiasts out there are also welcome to get a sneak peek into the creative process and read our curator Joy Bernard’s in-depth interviews with the talented directors.

And now, we are joining forces with one of Israel’s most unique and passionate cinema projects, First Course. The initiative, spearheaded by Israeli production company Green Production and supported by the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, is devoted to promoting Israeli cinema and in particular, short films.

Telavivian Cinema’s “Stairs To No End” by Daniella Koffler

Launched in 2012, the project is a quality, pioneering platform that seeks to promote the short film genre in Israel. First Course films have been screened in cinematheques across the country as aperitifs prior to full-length films and at museums, festivals and culture centers worldwide.

The catalog includes over 150 films directed by young, aspiring directors as well as established leaders in the field who have been awarded and recognized globally, such as: Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (Jellyfish), Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride), Talya Lavie (Zero Motivation), Gur Bentvich (Planet Blue), Sharon Maymon (A Matter of Size), Adam Sanderson (This Is Sodom), Tom Shoval (Youth) and many others.

Telvivian Cinema’s “Hit Me” by Michael Mizrachi

First Course’s agenda is very close to our hearts—providing a proper stage for the short film genre in Israel and revealing the genre’s rapid development in recent years.

Starting next week, we will host First Course Shorts on our Telavivian Cinema page. Stay tuned and prepare for some fun surprises


If you would like to submit your own short film, please contact Telavivian Cinema’s writer and curator at


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