TAU’s Tisch Film School Among Global Best

Written on | ,

Achievement comes as our alumni win international Emmy for “Tehran”.

The nonstop (lights, camera,) action at Tel Aviv University’s Steve Tisch School of Film and Television has earned it another international distinction. Industry experts have named the School among this year’s top 21 film schools outside the United States, in a survey released by popular American entertainment magazine The Wrap.

Israel’s Sole Chart-Topper

TAU’s Film School is the only Israeli institution listed in the ranking that includes other global powerhouses such as the London Film School, the University of Television and Film Munich, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Contributing to the selection of The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, the outlet noted Tel Aviv University’s standing as the largest institution of higher education in Israel and the Tisch School’s extensive international relationships, including with NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The TAU School is named for Academy Award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist Steve Tisch, whose generous support has catapulted the establishment’s world-class capabilities and offerings.

More than 1,200 entertainment industry insiders, educators, filmmakers and film pundits were among the anonymous experts polled for the sixth-annual edition of the ranking. The survey considered both graduate and undergraduate programs in its analysis, pitting large schools against small ones. The poll also incorporated a ranking of the top 50 US-based programs in 2021.


Cinema in the making in the center of Tel Aviv

Generator of Star Power

The ranking is the latest to recognize the internationally-acclaimed achievements of TAU’s film school, which Hollywood Reporter has listed multiple times among the top 15 international film facilities.

Founded in 1972, the Tisch School has fostered many local stars who have been instrumental in the celebrated evolution of Israeli cinema and TV, and in bringing local productions to the world stage. Films by TAU students are regularly screened at prestigious international festivals and have won numerous awards, while graduates include many of Israel’s most prominent filmmakers, scholars and critics.

TAU alumni Omri Shenhar and producer Alon Aranya together with Moshe Zonder, who studied at the Tisch School, co-created the hit series Tehran, which recently won the International Emmy Award for Best Drama. Additionally, Zonder and TAU alumni Avi Issacharoff and Michal Aviram teamed up to helm the acclaimed TV thriller Fauda. Other esteemed alumni filmmakers include Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir, The Congress), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Hagai Levi (In Therapy, Scenes from a Marriage, The Affair), Emmy Award winner Maya Zinstein (Forever Pure), Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gideon Raff (Homeland, Prisoners of War, The Spy), Academy Award winner Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers), Yaron Shani (Oscar-nominated Ajami), Tawfik Abu-Wael (Our Boys), Eitan Fox (Walk on the Water, Yossi & Jagger) and many more.

The School’s international status is also reflected in the number of renowned showbiz leaders who regularly visit and hold master classes on campus, among them the Coen Brothers, Roger Corman, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber, Atom Egoyan, and Sarah Polley. Furthermore, the School hosted webinars with Hollywood legends Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Martin Scorsese during the coronavirus pandemic.


With Scorsese in our living rooms. The webinar that upgraded our days of Covid-induced self-isolation.

Academic Hitmaker for Nearly 50 Years

Prof. Yaron Bloch, head of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, said: “I am delighted that the School, nearing its 50th anniversary, continues to evolve, lead and innovate while maintaining the highest levels of education.”

Noting the School’s unique edge and proximity to cutting-edge research across campus, he added, “Our students direct features films and are exposed to innovative research, encouraging them to combine cinema with disciplines like neuroscience, for example. Our students create artistic works through a variety of digital media platforms, and produce one of the most important student film festivals in the world (the Tel Aviv Student Film Festival), and direct documentary projects for major broadcasters.”

View The Wrap’s full ranking: https://www.thewrap.com/top-50-film-schools-2021-thewrap/ 

Featured: “Tehran” – the series that conquered the world. By TAU alumni Moshe Zonder, Alon Aranya and Omri Shenhar

Related posts

The Magnificent TAU Trees

January 16, 2022

For the 1st time at an Israeli university: Air and Space Power Center

January 4, 2022

First Anniversary of Morocco-USA-Israel Agreement

December 28, 2021

TAU Students Racing Towards a Greener Campus

December 21, 2021

TAU and Goethe University Establish Joint Center for Interfaith Studies

December 19, 2021

TAU Ventures Raises $50M to Boost Israeli Startups

December 12, 2021

Coexistence – Israel’s Inevitable Faith

December 6, 2021


November 30, 2021

Tel Aviv University and Rutgers University Strengthen Ties

November 29, 2021

TAU 8th in World for Entrepreneurship

November 29, 2021

Climate Action: From Campus to Glasgow

November 26, 2021

TAU: First Israeli University to Launch Online MBA

November 18, 2021

Feeling at Home in Tanzania

November 13, 2021

Revisiting the Tel Aviv Zoo

November 12, 2021

TAU Initiates Model for Carbon Neutrality

November 11, 2021

Britain and Israel Team Up on Challenge of Healthy Ageing

November 10, 2021

Meet the New Academic Power Couple

November 10, 2021

TAU Launches Cutting-Edge Center for Innovation Labs

November 3, 2021

From Law and Education to Nursing

November 3, 2021

394 TAU Researchers Among World’s Top 100,000

October 31, 2021

TAU 5th in World for Entrepreneurship

October 28, 2021

Israel-Indian academic ties boosted by visit of Indian Minister of External Affairs

October 26, 2021

“In Wars, there are Winners and Losers. In Peace, Everyone Wins”

October 20, 2021

This Week: TAU Board of Governors Meeting 2021

October 11, 2021

Be My Guest

September 19, 2021

Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel Receives the IEEE Leadership Award

August 13, 2021

See You at Naftali

July 22, 2021

Digital Learning: TAU 1st in Israel According to International Ranking

July 12, 2021

Celebrating 20 Years of Gender Studies

June 16, 2021

TAU Alumni Fill Ranks in Israel’s New Government

June 15, 2021

TAU Graduates Bolster Israel’s Global Standing

June 14, 2021

TAU and Columbia University Launch Dual Degree Program

May 31, 2021

Standing With The Tel Aviv University Community

May 13, 2021

Promoting Equality on Campus

May 12, 2021

“Arabic for Beginners” – TAU’s Most Popular Course

March 24, 2021

Add ‘Zoom w. Dubai University’ to Your Calendar

March 18, 2021

Prof. Zvi Galil, Former President of Tel Aviv University, is Ranked 7th Among the World’s Most Influential Computer Scientists

March 18, 2021

Dafna Meitar-Nechmad Tapped as Chair of TAU’s Board of Governors

March 8, 2021

TAU Launches Israel’s First Center for AI and Data Science

February 25, 2021

TAU Announces First of Its Kind International Programme

February 16, 2021

More than 20,000 participants on TAU’s Open Day 2021

February 15, 2021

Online Impact: TAU 1st in Israel, Among Top 100 Worldwide

February 9, 2021

Increased Diversity Secured On TAU Campus

February 4, 2021

See you in Dubai

January 17, 2021

Accelerating Jewish-Arab Entrepreneurship

January 10, 2021

2020 Kadar Ceremony Celebrates Pioneering Spirit and Hard Work

January 6, 2021

Two TAU Professors Win 2020 Nature Mentoring Award

December 28, 2020

Enemies: A Love Story

December 23, 2020

Twelve TAU Researchers among Top 50 in their Fields

December 20, 2020

Hollywood Legend Martin Scorsese Meets with TAU Students, Donors

December 14, 2020

Pursuing the Unknown

Copyright ©  Tel Aviv University Trust. All rights reserved.
Registered charity number 314179.