+ Never turn your back on Sparks - Seret International Film Festival

Odelia Haroush - Managing Director



SERET International 16b North End Road Golders Green NW11 7PH



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This year, SERET International – the Israeli Film & TV Festival, is celebrating five years of screening incredible films, documentaries, shorts and TV series from Israel, and sharing them with appreciative audiences in the UK.

The Festival began in London in 2012, and since then has grown to include locations all over the city, and built greater support along the way. Last year, as we had enjoyed such positive reactions from our London audiences, we expanded to Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool.

Outside the UK, Amsterdam and Santiago saw their first SERET International Festivals in 2015, and 2016 will see a further expansion as SERET International arrives in Berlin and Zurich too.

We have a stunning programme for our UK Festival this year that gives a glimpse of the world-leading, innovative, dynamic and passionate film and TV industry in Israel. It’s an industry that has become more outward-looking, creating great cinema and TV that reflects themes that resonate however and wherever you live, rather than limiting itself to the conflict which so often colours perception of the country.

At the heart of many of the films in this year’s programme is the family and its diverse dynamics. From the emotionally-charged search of three siblings for their real father in ‘The Kind Words’, to the complex father/son aspirations in Baba Joon; the fall-out from a concealed identity in AKA Nadia; and the search for romantic freedom against the odds in Wedding Doll, family relationships are explored and revealed.

The family theme continues with a warmly moving film for children, ‘Abulele’ where 10 year old Adam meets an ancient, huge, friendly and invisible monster, written and directed by Jonathan Geva in his debut feature.
SERET International is also delighted to be showing the work of many other new film-makers, a reflection of the support that the Israeli film industry gives to nurturing new talent. Watch out for the debut work of newcomers Nitzan Giladi (Wedding Doll); Michal Vinik (Barash); Yuval Delshad (Baba Joon) and Tova Asher (A.K.A. Nadia).

As well as public screenings in cinemas and cultural centres, we will be holding celebratory galas and events to mark the fifth year of SERET International in the UK.
Please join us, we look forward to seeing you.

If you’d like a flavour of the highlights at year’s Festival,
please watch our video here >>

The Opening Gala attended by Ambassador of Israel, Mark Regev
who made the opening speech at the BAFT Piccadilly.
Watch the video >>

Our new ‘Friends of SERET International London’ scheme, managed by Ilana Wegrzyn, offers sponsorship packages including tickets to our screenings and unique experiences.
Without the wonderful support of our Friends, and all our generous private and corporate sponsors, we couldn’t bring SERET International to audiences across the UK. A big thank you to those who have made this possible.

Thanks to all our friends and supporters of the festival this year.


TUESDAY JUNE 21st 2016

The SERET International Industry Day in London is held during the Festival, and is the primary forum for film and television professionals from the UK and Israel to meet to discuss their craft and international aspirations.
Our 2016 Industry Day includes introductions and masterclasses discussing the creative process and production procedures of international co-productions and adaptations, triggering opportunities for future collaborations.
This year our Industry Day is wide ranging, and we are delighted to confirm that we have a very impressive group of directors and producers of feature films, documentaries, and TV series joining us, together with several of Israel’s leading actors.
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A.K.A. Nadia
Director: Tova Ascher
Cast: Neta Shpigelman, Oded Leopold, Ali Suliman, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Eli Keren Assaf, Naama Amit, John Hurt
Children’s film
Director: Jonathan Geva
Cast: Yoav Saeidyan, Bar Minali, Idan Barkay,rnMacram Huri, Yehuda Mor, Liora Rivlin
Comedy - Drama
Director: Elad Keidan
Cast: Itay Tiran, Uri Klauzner
Almost Friends
Director: Nitzan Ofir
Atomic falafel
Director: Dror Shaul
Cast: Michelle Treves, Mali Levi Gershon, Will Robertson, Shai Avivi, Yossi Marshak, Jonathan Cherchi
Baba joon
Director: Yuval Delshad
Cast: Navid Neghaban, Asher Avrahami, Viss Elliot Safavi, Fariborz David Diaan, Raphael (faraj) Eliasi
Director:Michal Vinik
Cast: Sivan Noam Shimon, Hadas Jeid Sakuri, Dvir Bendak, Irit Pashtan
Demon (Dybbuk)
Director: Marcin Wrona
Cast: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Adnrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt
False flag
Director: Oded Ruskin
Cast: Ishai Golan, Magi Azarzar, Angel Bonanni
Freak out
Director: Boaz Armoni
Cast: Assaf Ben Shimon, Eran Peretz, Itay Zvolon, Kye Korabelnikov, Ofer Ruthenberg
Kapo in jerusalem
Director: Uri Barbash
Cast: Gil Frank, Maya Dagan, Dror Keren, Aryeh Cherner, Amnon Wolf, Avraham Selektar, Nati Ravitz, Icho Avital
Minshar Short Films
Short Film
Director: Minshar students
Cast: Minshar students
Moon in the 12th house
Director: Dorit Hakim
Cast: Yaara Pelzign, Yuval Scharf, Gefen Barkai, Gal Toren
Mr. Gaga
Director: Tomer Heymann
Never turn your back on Sparks
Director: Pini Schatz
Director: Jake Witzenfeld
Peter the third
Director: Tommy Lang
Cast: Robert Hoenig, Dana Yadlin, Nathan Nathanzon, Shlomo Tarlovski
Plan B
Comedy - Drama
Director: Roee Florentine
Cast: Ido Rosenblum, Romi Aboulafia, Udi Kagan, Neta Riskin
Presenting princess shaw
Director: Ido Haar
The farewell party
Director: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
Cast: Ze’ev Revah, Levana Finkelshtein, Aliza Rozen, Ilan Dar, Rafael Tabor
The kind words
Comedy - Drama
Director: Shemi Zarhin
Cast: Rotem Zissman-Cohen, Roy Assaf, Asaf Ben-Shimon, Tsahi Halevi, Sasson Gabay
Director: Avishai Sivan
Cast: Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour, Riki Blich, Gur Sheinberg, Omri Fuhrer
Twilight of a life
Director: Sylvain Beigeleisen
Wedding doll
Director: Nitzan Gilady
Cast: Roy Assaf, Moran Rosenblatt, Asi Levi
Women in sink
Director: Iris Zaki
Wounded land
Director: Erez Tadmor
Cast: Roy Assaf, Dvir Benedek, Tawfeek Barhom, Makram Khoury, Keren Berger

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