Shorts in the Desert” is a project which produces short films whose source of inspiration and filming sites are the Negev-Arava’s spacious landscapes. Since establishment, this project’s objective has been to develop the region of the Negev and Arava and promote local filmmaking endeavors.

In the first phase of the project, a group of young filmmakers visits and tours the Negev Arava region with its vast open spaces, to become better acquainted with the area’s unique geographical landscapes and the people who populate the region. The ‘Inspiration Tour’ helps them draw inspiration to write short film scripts.

In the second phase of the project, approximately a month and a half later, the resulting scripts inspired from the ‘Inspiration Tour’ are submitted. The prominent scripts are selected to continue on to the production phase.

Upon conclusion of production and filming, the new films are screened in a worldwide premiere at The Arava International Film Festival.


During 2020, we established The Arava Film Fund, in collaboration with the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and the Arava Community Center and with the support of Ministry of Culture and the Central Arava Regional Council.  The project constitutes an additional and ongoing channel for filmmaking activities in the Central Arava region, while the international film festival and the ‘Shorts in the Desert’ project form the core of this activity and serve as an active greenhouse for developing and producing feature films, documentaries, animated films and international collaborations.

Mr. Eyal Shiray is the director of the Arava Film Fund.

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In the framework of the tenth edition of the international film festival, we are proud to present, in a worldwide premiere, ten new feature and documentary films, which were produced in the framework of the project in the past year.

2021 Films

Killing Ourselvs

Maya takes her parents and sister to the desert in order to film them for an additional scene in her film. But the day of filming turns into a never-ending family argument, and it becomes unclear whether they will even manage to cooperate and become a team


Elisha travels to visit Hillel, who has established a unique community in the heart of the desert. It soon becomes clear that the two share a common past from which they cannot escape


Masha, a young woman dealing with a life-altering crisis, seeks out her mother, Vera, at a quarrywhereshe’s employed. Instead of finding comfort, she discovers Vera’s new life alongside agroup of homeless quarry workers.


A couple's romantic desert getaway is disrupted by a small argument that escalates, revealing a violent relationship

Mazal Tov

A harsh event from the past paved two very different life paths for two friends. One started a family as is socially expected, while the other one communicates well with plants. During a birthday party the two men, the “normal” and “abnormal” one, swap roles. Mazal Tov indeed.

Narrow Bridge

This is the first Shabbat of Aharon's son as a discharged soldier. Aaron performs the traditional ceremony of the kibbutz celebrating the occasion, only to find that none of those present in the privatized dining room are no longer familiar with this tradition and even his son refuses to cooperate. Help will come from an unexpected direction.

Mika 2300

In the heart of the desert lives calf 2300 and dreams of becoming a princess

The Literature Final

A flash flood appears out of nowhere and washes the barren desert with a strong current of water. Thoughts of “what could have been” permeate the mind, and that of a teenage girl who decided to take her literature final instead of going on a class trip to Tsafit River with the rest of her classmates.

The Bus Savior

.Amit Shachar lives with his wife and two sons on Moshav Hazeva. He is a driver for the Central Arava Regional Council and he has a hobby- rescuing busses

God's Mountain

"I learned from every stone I looked at. I learned from the landscape, from the wind ... I learned about life" Emmanuel Anati, 90, a world-renowned archaeologist, has been researching desert culture on Mount Karkom for more than 40 years and claims it is the biblical Mount Sinai