Women in the Picture Association Founders and Initiators
Naama Prizant Orpaz
Anat Shperling Cohen
Women in the Picture Association Members
Revital Bakshi Preuss
Dr. Eva Berger
Dr. Joel Pearl
Greeting from the Women in the Picture Association
The Women in the Picture Association was founded in 2004 thanks to the unique passion of two women from the world of cinema and television, both possessing a rare social commitment to the promotion of women's creation in the field of cinema: Naama Prizant Orpaz and Anat Shperling Cohen.
The International Women's Film Festival is the Association's signature project. It functions as a unique stage for the voices and perspectives of women-filmmakers from Israel and from around the world. The Festival grants the extraordinary opportunity of direct encounters with and among filmmakers; opportunity for female debate on selected social and humanistic fields; and of course, for watching a variety of films. This year the festival will take place between 7-13 September 2009, where more than 70 films directed by women from Israel and the world will be screened. The relation between women and money will serve as the main theme.
During last year, the association has broadened its activity in the periphery: the festival’s films travel between cinemas around the country, among which Rosh Pina, Karmiel and Beer Sheva, and new collaborations with different organizations are being developed for the advancement of social awareness for gender equality using film.
The Women in the Picture Association offers special congratulations to the city of Rehovot for its great achievement of establishing itself as a city that leads a social change, altering the status of women, and which grants opportunities to women artists. The courageous partnership that has developed between the Municipality of Rehovot, the Rehovot Foundation of Culture and the Women in the Picture Association, has not only made the festival possible, but has also produced a fascinating model of cultural-social impact on a national level through the daring of a peripheral community.
The Association also wishes to thank the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, the Film Council, the European Union, and the Pais Council for Culture and Art.