From its very beginning, the Jerusalem Film Center has exposed the best of classical and modern, known and rare, world and local cinema.
Initiated by Lia and Wim Van Leer, the film archive is the pillar around which the Jerusalem Film Center was developed and built, emphasizing the importance of collecting, preserving, cataloguing and screening films from Israel and the world. The film archive has the largest collection of Jewish and Holocaust films in the world.
It was quickly understood that educating towards a love of cinema would become a key objective, and so seminars for elementary and high schools were established as well as workshops and courses for teenagers and adults.
Over the past decades, the Jerusalem Film Center has become one of the leading cultural institutes in Jerusalem, a place where cinema has an essential role in the education and quest for tolerance, peace, and freedom. The Cinematheque regularly screens Israeli cinema in its four auditoriums.
The Jerusalem International Film Festival has placed Israeli film in the limelight and turned the Festival into an esteemed stage for local cinema over the past 25 years.