About CoPro

CoPro – Documentary and Animation Marketing Foundation

The link between Israeli documentary and animation international industries

The 21st edition of CoPro - The Israeli Documentary Screen Market will take place on June 2nd - 6th 2019 in Tel Aviv.

CoPro the Documentary and Animation Marketing Foundation has been promoting and marketing the Israeli documentary films outside of Israel since 1999. Its primary goal is to promote collaborations between Israeli filmmakers and their counterparts abroad.
While CoPro makes deal-making possible, it is not a party to the deals and all financial transactions take place directly between a film’s investors and its creators.


Every year, in springtime, CoPro – Documentary and Animation Marketing Foundation brings commissioning editors, network executives, film fund managers, festival directors, independent producers, sales agents and international distributors to Israel with one purpose: to promote collaborations between Israeli filmmakers and their counterparts abroad. CoPro, the first and only non-profit foundation to do this in Israel, created a turning point in the Israeli documentary scene and has been successful for over 20 years.
CoPro was founded, and is headed, by Ms. Orna Yarmut and in 2005 was awarded The Knesset Speaker's Award.

Some of the best Israeli documentaries were materialized with the support of CoPro, including:

The Jewish Underground, Director: Shai Gal, Producer: Koby Nussbaum 
Family in Transition, Director: Ofir Trainin, Producer: Tal Barda
Unsettling, Director: Iris Zaki, Producers: Iris Zaki, Osnat Saraga
Forever Pure, Director: Maya Zinshtein, Producers: Maya Zinshtein, Geoff Arbourne, John Battsek
Café Nagler, Director: Mor Kaplansky Producers: Liran Atzmor, Yariv Barel, Mor Kaplansky
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? Directors and Producers: Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann
Censored Voices, Director: Mor Lushy Producers: Daniel Sivan, Hilla Medalia
Five Broken Cameras, Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi 
Producers: Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers, Director: Dror Moreh, Producers: Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky, Estelle Fialon
A Film Unfinished, Director: Yael Hersonski Producers: Itay Ken-Tor, Noemy Schory
The Law in These Parts, Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz Producer: Liran Atzmor
The Flat, Director: Arnon Goldfinger, Producers: Arnon Goldfinger, Thomas Kufus
Life in Stills, Director: Tamar Tal, Producer: Barak Heymann
and many more.

 

CoPro's main objectives are –

cultivate cooperation between Israeli documentarians and their professional peers overseas.

expose international audiences to fresh, thought-provoking perspectives on Israeli reality and its social, political and cultural complexities.

Nurture Israeli documentary filmmakers – experienced and emerging – from all national, ethnic and religious walks-of-life.

Facilitate the international co-production, and advance the international sale of Israeli documentaries.

By meeting these objectives for almost two decades, CoPro has transformed the Israeli documentary landscape both quantitatively and qualitatively. Today, international co-productions and sales are a mainstay of Israeli documentary.

To date, CoPro's activities have yielded between 5 and 8 million shekels (approximately two million dollars) in annual foreign investments in Israeli documentaries. To place this in the local context, Israeli law requires the Israel Film Council to invest 10 million shekels in Israeli documentaries annually. In other words, Israeli documentaries receive an annual 35% budgetary boost thanks to the co-production deals mediated by CoPro. Given the limited size of the local market and audience, creative partnerships beyond Israel’s borders ensure that quality independent Israeli documentary continues to flourish.

CoPro’s achievements in numbers:

  • 627 international documentary co-productions.
  • 320 buyers and investors from leading television networks and film funds around the globe have come to Israel (including: Head of programming at BBC Four, Head of programming of the prestigious Theme Evenings program at ZDF/ARTE, Head of Educational Television in Canada, the Sundance Foundation and more).
  • 87,800,000 shekels have been invested in Israeli documentary films through CoPro’s activities.
  • Over 262 million viewers around the world.
  • 310 films have been broadcasted on dozens of TV stations in Israel and abroad.

 

 

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