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A Vacation From Ordinary Film

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  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, now in its 26th year, has got it right. It invites its audiences to take a vacation from ordinary film to dive into the many pleasures of its offerings from a cinematic survey of more than 150 films from 35 countries. With Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as one of America’s leisure playgrounds, the phrase is an invitation for immersion that has many rewards. Two things distinguish this festival…..one is the wide range of its venues, ...

Aspen Film Announces Aspen Filmfest 2011 Festival Program

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The 33rd Annual Aspen Filmfest, will run September 21-25,  Aspen Film announces today the line-up for Aspen Filmfest, a five-day feast of film and fall color for movie lovers of all ages and inclinations. The 33rd annual edition will be held September 21 - 25, 2011. With an emphasis on independent productions from around the world and a uniquely intimate scale, Aspen Filmfest champions filmmaking at its finest. Positioned at the start of the awards season, the festival will showcase pre...

New York Israel Film Festival

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There is no country other than the United States which has as elaborate and extensive a screening support structure for Jewish and Israeli films. Several years ago I noted in an article about the New York film festival that there are more than fifty Jewish film festivals in the United States. According to jewishfilm.com there are now close to seventy Jewish film festivals in this country as well as at least four festivals devoted to Israeli films and two to Sephardic ones. In addition, there ar...

ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL wrapped in NYC

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The 25th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL closed tonight in NYC with a screening of the Panavision Audience Choice Award winning film – Avi Nesher’s The Matchmaker. The annual Panavision Audience Choice Award for Best Israeli Feature Film carries a state-of-the-art Panavision package worth over $60,000 for the director and producer to use toward their next film shot in Israel. Mr. Nesher’s The Matchmaker was shot utilizing funds he was awarded from the Panavision Audience Choice Award he received fo...

Israel Film Festival Spotlights New Film Talents

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  Israeli films have had a strong profile at international film festivals and in the Oscar competitions for the past decade. For the next two weeks, New York area audiences will get a chance to sample the variety, dexterity and quality of contemporary Israeli films as the Israel Film Festival marks its 25th anniversary. The Festival runs through May 19 at the AMC Loews 84th Street Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Over a dozen filmmakers will join us from Israel for their film...

20th Annual 2011 New York Jewish Film Fest Lineup

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By Maria Esteves – January 3, 2011 The 20th Annual 2011 New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF2011) will commence January 12-27, 2011, at the Walter Reade Theater. The festival presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase world cinema that explores the Jewish experience. This year's festival celebrating it’s 20th anniversary will consist of 30 features (narratives, documentaries), and 5 shorts, along with panel discussions, gala receptions, a...

20th Annual 2011 New York Jewish Film Fest Lineup

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By Maria Esteves – January 3, 2011 The 20th Annual 2011 New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF2011) will commence January 12-27, 2011, at the Walter Reade Theater. The festival presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase world cinema that explores the Jewish experience. This year's festival celebrating it’s 20th anniversary will consist of 30 features (narratives, documentaries), and 5 shorts, along with panel discussions, gala receptions, and spe...

Christmas Is Over.....Bring On The Jews

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With a rare Christmas weekend blizzard extending the holiday in the Northeast corridor of the United States, and before Christmas dinners are completely digested, it is time to clear the palate for a smorgasboard of Jewish-themed films. The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will present the 20th annual New York Jewish Film Festival at the Film Society's Walter Reade Theater, The Jewish Museum, and The JCC in Manhattan from January 12 to 27. In all, 36 features and sh...

Israel Fest film slate

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Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

“The Secrets” Opens New York Selected Theaters Thanksgiving Weekend

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By Maria Esteves - November 22, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary presented by IsraFest Foundation premiere sold out 2nd screening of THE SECRETS , co-written directed by Avi Nesher, was held at the Clearview Cinemas, Sunday, November 2, 2008, 5:15 PM. A special Q&A with director Avi Nesher immediately followed the film. THE SECRETS premieres in selected theaters Thanksgiving weekend and opens theatrically Friday, December...

2008 IFF Panavision Audience Choice Award winner “The Secrets” Filmmaker Avi Nesher

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By Maria Esteves - November 22, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary presented by IsraFest Foundation premiere sold out 2nd screening of THE SECRETS, co-written/directed by Avi Nesher, was held at the Clearview Cinemas, Sunday, November 2, 2008, 5:15 PM. THE SECRETS premieres in selected theaters Thanksgiving weekend and opens theatrically Friday, December 12th. An exclusive Q&A with filmmaker Avi Nesher was held at the Clearview ...

23rd Israel Film Festival Closing Night PANAVISION Awards

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By Maria Esteves - November 18, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York Closing Night Awards presented by Panavision and the IsraFest Foundation, acknowledging the best in filmmaking and emerging directors and producers of Israeli descent, was held at the Clearview Cinemas, Thursday, November 13, 7:30 PM. The awards were announced by founder/executive director Meir Fenigstein and Peter Brogna of PANAVISION.  2008 IFF Closing Night premiere sold out screening of THE SECRETS, ...

23rd Israel Film Festival Coverage

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York celebrating Israel's 60th AnniversaryDocumentary Filmmakers Panel and Q&A immediately followed the sold out New York Premiere screening of CHILDREN OF THE SUN, directed by Ran Tal, held at the Clearview Cinemas, Sunday, November 2, 4:15 PM. Israeli filmmakers attending the panel and Q&A included director Yael Katzir, PRAYING IN HER OWN VOICE, Oded Lotan, THE QUEST FOR THE MISSING PIECE, and director Ran Tal, CHILDREN OF THE SUN, moderated by Emmy A...

NY Israel Film Festival awarded The Secrets

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival closed its most successful engagement in its history of presenting events in New York, Los Angeles and Miami on Thursday, November 13th in New York with the announcement by Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director of the IFF, of the winner of the coveted PANAVISION AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD to THE SECRETS, written and directed by Avi Nesher and produced by Nesher and David Silber. THE SECRETS, the Festival’s Closing Night film, will be released in NY by Monter...

Israel Film Festival wrapped

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival closed its most successful engagement in its history of presenting events in New York, Los Angeles and Miami on Thursday, November 13th in New York with the announcement by Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director of the IFF, of the winner of the coveted PANAVISION AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD to THE SECRETS, written and directed by Avi Nesher and produced by Nesher and David Silber. THE SECRETS, the Festival’s Closing Night film, will be released in NY by Monter...

23rd Israel Film Festival Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - November 13, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary Documentary Filmmakers Panel and Q&A immediately followed the sold out New York Premiere screening of CHILDREN OF THE SUN, directed by Ran Tal, held at the Clearview Cinemas, Sunday, November 2, 4:15 PM. Israeli filmmakers attending the panel and Q&A included director Yael Katzir, PRAYING IN HER OWN VOICE, Oded Lotan, THE QUEST FOR THE MISSING PIECE, and dire...

An Interview with Israel Film Festival Founder Meir Fenigstein

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By Maria Esteves  The 20th Israel Film Festival (IFF) held at the Clearview Cinema in New York, October 14-28, 2004, successfully celebrated 20 years presenting the best films and filmmakers from Israel. Attendees in record numbers gathered daily to purchase IFF tickets. Israel Film Festival Founder/Executive Director Meir Fenigstein was interviewed in New York on Sunday, October 31, 2004. Q: What inspired you to move from music to film? MF: I was born in Tel Aviv, Decemb...

Interview with Israel Film Festival founder Meir Fenigstein

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The IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1982, created the Israel Film Festival to showcase Israel's thriving film and television industry. The annual event plays a vital educational role in today's world, providing an intercultural exchange that advances tolerance and understanding and enriches America's vision of Israel's impressive social and cultural diversity.Danny DeVito, Irwin Winkler and Edward Zwick will be honored at the 23rd edition of the festival at New Yo...

Israel Film Festival set to kick off in New York

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival will kick off in New York on October 29th at the Ziegfeld Theatre and run through November 13th at the Clearview’s 62nd & Broadway Cinema. Meir Fenigstein, Founder and Executive Director, announced today the full lineup of films for this year’s Festival which showcases more than 30 new feature films, provocative documentaries, ground-breaking TV dramas, and innovative student films celebrating Israeli life and culture. List of films to follow. The Israel Film F...

NEWSLETTER N° 367: jUNE 4, 2008

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DAILIES ON FEST21.COM CANNES : THE FULL COVERAGE BOSTON: VIDEO COVERAGE Day by day from Boston International film Festival ___________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more Eldorad...

Israel Film festival wraps

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The Israel Film Festival has inaugurated an annual scholarship fund that will donate money raised from its yearly Gala Awards Dinner to support scholarships for Israeli film students to study cinema in six major film schools in Israel. This year’s just concluded Festival, which showcased new films and an unprecedented Retrospective in celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary along with a sold-out Gala Awards Dinner, was its most successful in its 23 year history. Over 16,000 moviegoers atte...

Think Pink: Gay And Lesbian Film Season in the US

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Circuit Editor Friday, June 5-----While June is still celebrated as “gay pride month” in North America, the LGBT (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender for you neophytes) film calendar actually has become a year-round phenomenon, making every season a new reason to think pink. In all, there are close to 100 separate LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and Canada. The most well-known take place in such gay meccas as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco...

Israel Film Festival in LA to open with Avi Nesher’s The Secrets

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, will screen close to 60 Israeli features, documentaries and award-winning student films, including 13 U.S., West Coast and Los Angeles Premieres, in Los Angeles from June 12th – June 26th, 2008. In honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary, the Festival will host an unprecedented Retrospective of classic Israeli movies, including all seven Israeli films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it...

Israel Film Festival in LA hosts Gala Awards Dinner

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, will screen close to 60 Israeli features, documentaries and award-winning student films, including 13 U.S., West Coast and Los Angeles Premieres, in Los Angeles from June 12th – June 26th, 2008. In honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary, the Festival will host an unprecedented Retrospective of classic Israeli movies, including all seven Israeli films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...
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