Itamar Alcalay

has completed a four-year program in Beit Berl Film School in Israel.
He has directed two documentary series: Dancing with Tears in My Eyes deals with the Israeli clubbing culture as an Anti-Zionist ethos movement, Off Season depicting the stories of five men who escaped into the deep desert of Eilat, the most isolated city in Israel. He has directed three documentary films: Stefan Braun tells the story of a legendary fur designer from Tel Aviv in the 50s and his secret love story with a young man. Four Years of Night is about a photographer that captured the intimate life of a violent Neo-Nazi gang in Paris. A short film called The Pomegranate Flower. He has also directed a video/stage project, Hidden Tenant. His films were screened in festivals, on TV channels, and won prizes around the world. Itamar wrote a drama-thriller called Sick Lake that was supported by Medienboard and the Israeli Film Fund and was chosen for the 24/7 Berlin residence, the Nipkow Program residence and Torino Film Lab. These days he is working on a second script called Central Station. The screenplay won the first prize at the International Film Greenhouse in Jerusalem and participated Berlinale Talents and Cinemart, and a third screenplay called Ticks with the support of the Israeli Film Fund. In 2022 Itamar will release The camera of Doctor Morris Full length Documentary supported by ARTE and a short – Kid Unknown, On April Itamar is Filming a new short – Embrace.

Grants and awards:
2020 – development grant – The Israeli film fund – Tics
2020 - Honorable mention – Haifa International film festival – Pomegranate Flower
2020 - Jury Award – TLV Lab DocAviv international film festival – Doctor Morris
2016 – Berlinale Talents
2015 - Best Script – The Jerusalem film lab – Central Station (formally Dark room)
2012 – Best film – Aegean film festival – Four years of night
2011 – Nipkow Program residency Berlin (3 months)
2011 – Development grant – Berlin Bradenburg film fund and Israeli fund – Sick lake
2010 – 24/7 Berlin residency program (3 months - Midienboard/Israeli film fund)
2009 – Sunday In the country program (Midienboard/Israeli film fund)
2008 – Best promising director – The Israeli Documentary forum – Stefan Braun
2008 – Best Cinematography – The Jerusalem international film fest – Stefan Braun
2000 – America-Israel grant for excellence