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ISRAEL: profile

Key facts

Government funding

Direct funding: National Yes
Direct funding: Regional Yes
Indirect funding: National Yes
Indirect funding: Regional No

Society/Industry/Market

Language Hebrew, Arabic
Population 7.8 million
No. films produced per year 28 (2013)
Annual cinema admissions 14 million (2013)
Domestic share of box office 10% (2013)
No. TV households 2 million
Local content regulation on TV Yes
Legal system Common Law mixed with Jewish, Christian & Muslim laws
Currency ¬Shekel

Government support for co-productions

In addition to news, current affairs and sports, at least 40 per cent of all broadcasting hours on public and commercial television must be locally produced. The Israeli Government provides several film and TV funding schemes, the largest of which, the Israeli Film Fund, has an annual budget of $7 million. A 20 per cent tax offset is also in place. As a result, production output remains healthy, with 28 Israeli feature films produced in 2013. Approximately 300 hours of TV drama, 90 hours of documentaries and 10 hours of animation are produced each year for TV.

Industry overview

Despite being a relatively small country in terms of population (7.8 million) and cinema admissions (14 million in 2013), Israel has a 10 per cent domestic share of box office, 10 production studios, 30 post-production facilities and a climate conducive to location filming for much of the year.

Please note this information is correct as at October 2014.