Oct 20, 2010

#BDS: 25th Israel Film Festival opens in LA

Special Honorees Richard Dreyfuss, Ryan Kavanaugh, Jon Landau and Avi Lerner to receive awards at gala dinner

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.

The year 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, documentaries and television programs, the Festival runs from October 20 to November 4 in Los Angeles.

The opening night film is the West Coast premiere of Avi Nesher’s "The Matchmaker" (previously titled as "Once I Was"), which just recently won two Ophir Awards from the Israeli Film and Television Academy (the Israeli Oscars) for Best Actor and Best Actress by Adir Miller and Maya Dagan, respectively, as announced by Meir Fenigstein, the Founder/Executive Director of the Israel Film Festival.

The 2010 Israel Film Festival will begin its milestone anniversary year with a Gala Awards Dinner, honoring Richard Dreyfuss with the Career Achievement Award; Ryan Kavanaugh with the Outstanding Achievement in Film Award; Jon Landau with the Visionary Award; and Avi Lerner with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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