Advantages of Filming in Israel
Filming in Israel has many advantages:
With an average of 320 sunny days throughout the year, Israel has a huge and unique variety of landscapes all supported by nearby sophisticated logistical services, hotels, roads, airfields etc:
- Sandy sea shores (Mediterranean, Red Sea and Dead Sea)
- Coral reefs, lakes, rivers and Nature Reserves
- Snow topped Mount Hermon
- Rocky mountains, cliffs and terrains
- Green Mountains, valleys, fields and forests
- International and domestic airports
- Synagogues, Mosques and Churches
- Old and contemporary cities, suburbs and villages
- Arab cities and villages and Bedouin tent-settlements
- A huge variety of traditional markets and modern shopping malls
- Historical buildings, antiquities and a vast variety of architecture styles
All locations are within a maximum of 4 hours' safe and easy drive from Tel Aviv, the center of Israel and the core of the Israeli film industry.
We'll take care of the entire location scout process, provide comprehensive location report, stills and videos and obtain location contracts, permits covering all formal and legal requirements.
Israel offers a well-developed highway system built to international standards, state-of-the-art communication systems, banks, hotels, restaurants, an endless range of entertainment and recreation possibilities, regular and VIP security and full police force cooperation.
FACILITIES, CREWS and EQUIPMENT
HFF is well experienced in international co-productions. We provide highly experienced technical and artistic crews and top-of-the-line equipment, studios and post-production facilities, all in very reasonable rates. And, since everybody in Israel speaks English, there is no language barrier whatsoever. Many Israelis are also fluent in a variety of languages including Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, and German.
CAST, CROWDS and EXTRAS
There are many acting and drama schools in Israel. We have a wide range of professional and versatile actors of all ages, who have worked in international productions. All actors work on a daily basis at modest union rates and have no fringes.
A variety of cast and extras' looks (Mediterranean, Arab, East European, African, Indian, Oriental, etc.), unlimited in number and provided through established agencies. Extras work 12 hours a day and payments are paid directly to their agency.
FILM FUNDS, TAX RETURN, BUDGETING and CURRENCY
Israel currently has co-production treaties with: Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden and United Kingdom.
The new national encouragement package: The law, which was approved in October 2008, includes a new encouragement package for International producers who plan on producing their films in Israel.
The new Jerusalem Film & TV Fund offers incentives to international productions shot in Jerusalem. It offers cash investment of up to $400,000 and an 18% tax refund.
Soon there will be another local fund in Haifa, followed by a Negev area one. We will update our site as soon as the funds will publish their support criteria.
WARLIKE EVENTS INSURANCE
Although it is safe to film in Israel as in any other location throughout the world, Israel's government reacted to some international producers' concern by initiating the Warlike Events Insurance Package.
Through the initiative of the Israeli government and with the best interests of foreign film producers in mind, insurance companies now offer coverage for loss or damage to the production incurred which might result from warlike events in Israel and territories controlled by Israel. Though there is no current threat of war in the area, the insurance policy will indemnify insured parties for the loss of monies invested as well as additional expenses associated with the production of the film resulting from warlike events, whether war was declared or not, that cause an interruption, postponement or financial loss - all subjected to the policy .
All budgets and contracts are expressed in US Dollars or Euro. All local payments are made in Israeli shekels.
BANKING and ACCOUNTING
Israel's well-established banking system offers services using internationally accepted standards.
Top accounting services provided by world's leading firms. Hiring the best available crew members - lighting director, cameraperson, assistantcameraperson, sound recordist, gaffer, grip etc.
RENTAL OF GEAR and accessories from HOCUS FOCUS films:
Because of the volume of the work we do, we are able to offer the lowest rates, in addition to our responsibility - All under One Roof warranty.
Management of catering, security and lodging.
Coordination of all key players on the Israeli side, at time of production (i.e. grip, lighting, camera, wardrobe)