"What began as an idea to serve young filmmakers has matured into a Filmlab where the needs of filmmakers, young and established alike, are addressed. The sole purpose of the idea is to revitalize the culture of film in Palestine, liberating it from the grasp of conventional European filmmaking industries and Hollywood." Hanna Atallah, Filmlab: Palestine, founder.
Founded in 2014, Filmlab: Palestine’s establishment as an organization was inspired by the personal experience of its founders in empowering Palestinian youth in refugee camps in Jordan. Realizing that this experience introduced young practitioners to the art of filmmaking as a creative and unconventional method to tell their own personal narratives, Filmlab: Palestine was established to further document the collective Palestinian memory as well as the unique individual voices of Palestinians within the occupied territories and abroad. Our aim is to expand and cultivate the existing cinema culture within Palestine, while providing the much-needed technical and artistic support for emerging Palestinian filmmaking voices.
At Filmlab, we believe in the power of films in society, as we perceive cinema as an important cultural and educational tool can both boost and elevate culture within society. Moreover, cinema plays an important role in forming society's values, habits, arts, and economy, and can be used as a means for cultural guidance and enlightenment, documenting narratives, and preserving collective memory.
With the slogan "it's time to tell our stories", Filmlab is eager to promote Cinema Culture as one of the most integral audio visual tools for the effective use of media, advertising, self-expression, entertainment, available to Palestinian Filmmakers as they tell their own stories, and put Palestine's name on the map of international cinema.
Our PHILOSOPHY is grounded in consistent cooperation and coordination. Filmlab relies on its strong partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals, in Palestine and abroad, to create impact among a budding community of filmmakers and viewers in Palestine.
We Exist to contribute to:
Enhancing capacities & creating jobs for youth.
Strengthening the creative-cultural policy.
Elevating films as an art form in Palestine.
Facilitating dialogue among film industry workers.
Creating a hub for filmmakers in Palestine.
We work with
Filmmakers: young and experienced who are seeking opportunities to create.
Children: to expose them to different forms of self-expression and encourage their creative thinking.
The local public: to engage them in the organic development of a Palestinian film industry and integrate film into their everyday life.