(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School has been named one of the world’s top 15 film academies by the Hollywood Reporter.
The industry magazine publishes an annual list of the top film schools in the U.S., and another list of the leading film schools around the world. The top spot in this year’s U.S. film school rankings went to the University of Southern California.
In its description of Sam Spiegel, the Hollywood Reporter mentioned that its honorary fellows include directors David Lynch and Wim Wenders. The institution was founded in 1989 under the directorship of Renen Schorr, and since 1996 has been named after Sam Spiegel, the legendary three-time Oscar winner who produced “On the Waterfront,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Notable Sam Spiegel graduates who have made their mark internationally include filmmakers Rama Burshtein, Tamar Kay, Yaelle Kayam, Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun.
Further, the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab helped develop the script for the Hungarian film “Son of Saul,” which won an Oscar in 2016 in the Best Foreign Language Film category.