Germany, Israel team for scholarships

Suha Arraf, Itamar Alkaly will be first beneficiaries

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BERLIN -- German subsidy bodies the Medienboard and the FFA have joined forces with the Israel Film Fund and the Jerusalem Film Festival to start a scholarship program for two young Israeli film professionals.

Suha Arraf, the screenwriter of "Lemon Tree" and "The Syrian Bride," and writer-director Itamar Alkaly ("Stefan Braun") will be the first beneficiaries of the artists-in-residence program, spending three months in Berlin meeting with local producers, filmmakers and funding bodies from the German film and television industry.

The two filmmakers will also be helped by the program's patrons, which include "Waltz With Bashir" co-producers Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner, Nico Hofmann, head of TV production powerhouse teamWorx, and Oliver Berben, a producer at the Berlin-based MOOVIE company.