OFF funding initiatives

Since the 1970’s the Ostrovsky Family Fund has been involved in supporting different cultural projects mainly focusing on the production, display, programming, preservation, archiving and educational distribution of the experimental moving image. Such underwritings include:

Major operational and capital support

The Jerusalem Film Center (since 1974) – for further information see  the OFF book

Film Forum New York (since the 1980s) – acquisition of offices, ongoing operational support and the Documentary Fund. Vivian Ostrovsky is a board member.

Operational and program support

Sam Spiegel Film & Television School (since 1993) – funding for student grants, experimental film workshops, Master classes, book publications and the construction of two auditoriums.

Mamuta Art and Media Center Jerusalem (since 2008) – support for equipment, artist grants, experimental film programs and workshops.

Artis (since 2009) – annual contribution and specific program support such as Trembling Time: Recent Video from Israel, Tate Modern, London (2010) and Public Movement’s research and performance, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012). Vivian Ostrovsky is a board member.

Member of the Centre Pompidou Foundation (since 2011).

Exhibition production and experimental film / video art programming grants

The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Tel Aviv – VideoZone Festival (2006, 2008, 2010); retrospectives of Paul Sharits (2007) and Hollis Frampton (2008); OFF Series – monthly screenings for experimental cinema (since 2009); exhibition and lectures by Marina Abramovic (2009); exhibition production: Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol (2011) and the production of Lockhart’s video Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation System; Gary Hill (2012), Alona Rodeh: Above and Beyond (2013), Michal Helfman: Change, Nira Pereg: All of This Can Be Reconstructed Elsewhere (2013), Christian Jankowski: Heavy Weight History (2014), Tamar Harpaz: Kitchen Sink Drama (2014); Ohad Meromi: Resort (2015); Cao Fei: Haze and Fog (2016); Ragnar Kjartansson: Architecture and Morality (2016); Lives Between – group exhibition (2017).

Tel Aviv Museum of ArtAbsalon (2013); Guest/Host (2013); Showtime (2013); Alina Szapocznikow: Body Traces (2014); Anri Sala: No Names, No Title (2014); Public Movement: National Collection (2015); Roee Rosen: A Group Exhibition (2016); Elmgreen & Dragset: Powerless Structures (2016); Fiona Tan: Geography of Time (2017).

Israel Museum, Jerusalem – Valie Export: Jerusalem Premiere (2009); Yehudit Sasportas: Seven Winters (2013).

Exterritory Project – initial support for the launch of the flotilla art event (2010).

East End Seaport Museum – restoration of Anita Thacher’s installation Illuminated Station (2011).

Bass Museum of Art, Miami – support for the production of the exhibition Unnatural (2012).

Museum of Art, Ein Harod – David Perlov: Drawings, Photographs, Films (2014).

Videobrasil – video award grant (2017).

Preservation and digitization of archives

Noa Eshkol Foundation, Holon – support for the digitizing, re-cataloguing, preservation and restoration of the Noa Eshkol archive.

CCA Tel Aviv – support for the expansion of the Center’s digital archive.

The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon – restructuring of the Center’s digital archive.

Museum of Art, Ein Harod in collaboration with the David Perlov family – support for digitizing and cataloguing David Perlov’s work.

Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir – preservation of films.

Grants for Israeli artists for new works

Among the recipients: Einat Amir, Ron Amir, Ariela Azoulay, Yair Barak, Yael Bartana, Hilla Ben Ari, Orit Ben Shitrit, Ofri Cnaani, Ira Edouardovna, Effi & Amir, Nir Evron, Exterritory Project, Dani Gal, Noa Giniger, Guy Goldstein, Assaf Gruber, Thalia Hoffman, Tali Keren, Dana Levy, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Elham Rokni, Karen Russo, Ruti Sela, Nurit Sharett, Keren Shavit, Lior Shvil, Efrat Shvily, Hinda Weiss, Amir Yatziv, Maya Zack, Tamir Zadok and others.

Artist books

Nira Pereg: Kept Alive (2010)

Extremum – Reflections on the Works of Yasmeen Godder (2014)

Nevet Yitzhak: Video Work (2017)

Educational programs

HEB2 – an audio-visual research and training project in the city of Hebron (2010).

Reels on Wheels – a mobile cinema project for film and video cine-clubs and workshops in peripheral communities in Israel (2010-2012).

The Law in these Parts (documentary, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Israel, 2011) – initial educational distribution support.

The Carioca Fund (Brazil Foundation) – support for a program providing access to education for under-privileged children in Brazil (since 2011).

The Foundation Center, New York – a donation for an inclusive source for information on philanthropy worldwide (2011).


Israel Museum, Jerusalem – acquisition of The Clock, a 24-hour video by Christian Marclay (2010), in conjunction with Tate Modern, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris.