Israel Film Festival Los Angeles provides American audiences with a rich selection of Israel's cinema and media. The festival features Israeli feature-length films and documentaries as well as television dramas and student short films. Special guests at the event include filmmakers from Israel, whose works gain greater exposure and recognition as audiences experience the diversity, originality and creativity of Israel's artists and citizens.
Founded by Meir Fenigstein in 1982, the Israel Film Festival started out with six films and a dream. It has grown to become one of the most important Israeli cultural events in the world and the largest showcase for Israeli films in the United States.
The Festival is presented annually by IsraFest Foundation, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles.For 32 years, the Israel Film Festival has played a vital educational role in spotlighting Israel’s thriving film and television industry. The annual event provides an intercultural exchange to advance tolerance and understanding among diverse audiences, and to enrich the American vision of Israel’s social and cultural diversity. To date, the Festival has showcased nearly 1000 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and student shorts to hundreds of thousands of film-goers, and brought more than 500 Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to connect with the Hollywood Community, opening doors for distribution and co-production.
The mission of the Israel Film Festival is to brand Israel as the lively and innovative nation that it is; as well as shining a spotlight on Israel’s thriving film and television industry and enriching the American experience of Israel’s social and cultural diversity. As an international entertainment industry event, the festival has brought acclaim to both the films and participants, and has opened new possibilities for cooperation and co-production between the U.S. and Israeli film and TV industries. Each year, the Festival explores Israeli society by premiering Israeli features, documentaries, television dramas and student shorts, and through conversations with visiting Israeli filmmakers. For 31 years, the Festival has created an exciting and artistic platform for engaging diverse audiences with the richness of Israeli life and culture.
Meir Fenigstein is the Founder and Executive Director of Israfest Foundation, Inc. and the Israel Film Festival in the USA. For three decades, Fenigstein has worked hard to raise awareness of Israel’s cultural diversity and cinematic creativity. Once well known as Poogy, the drummer for the legendary Israeli rock band Kaveret, Fenigstein channeled his raw energy into a love of Israeli cinema. He has earned industry respect and recognition for elevating the Israeli film and television industry in America, and for creating an artistic bridge that fosters cultural understanding between Israel, the U.S. and throughout the world. As a direct result of Fenigstein’s efforts, the ever-flourishing Israeli Film Festival continues to shape the image of Israel beyond the content conveyed to millions of people on a daily basis through the media. For more information please visit : http://www.israelfilmfestival.com/