Israel Film Festival Los Angeles, 33 Years of Going Strong

A film is a storyteller, a messenger of culture and ethos. That is what Meir Fenigstein, the Executive Director/Founder of the Israel Film Festival knew from the get-go. His 33-year labor of love has introduced Israel to the world through the screen.

This week, as each year, the Israel Film Festival held its customary sponsors’ luncheon, at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, during which the director, producer, and actor Roger Corman, was awarded the 2019 Israel Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. The Israeli television executive, academic, entrepreneur, writer, producer and the CEO of Keshet Media Group, Avi Nir, was awarded the 2019 Israel Film Festival Visionary Award. The Academy Award® winning filmmaker from Israel, Guy Nattiv, was awarded the 2019 Israel Film Festival Achievement in Film Award.

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33rd Israel Film Festival

Through its 33 years life span, the Israel Film Festival, produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982, has presented more than 1,000 feature films, documentaries, television dramas, and short films to close to one million filmgoers. It has brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their cellulose art.


Among the Sponsors of the 33rd Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles are Millennium Films, Adelson Family Foundation, The Hollywood Reporter, Israel Film Fund, Pacific Holdings, Annenberg Foundation, Variety, Rabinovich Foundation, LOT Polish Airlines, INSYNC Plus, Screen International, Bank Leumi, The Orlando Hotel and the Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles, to name a few.

From 12,000 miles away, the Festival introduces Israel’s colorful social fabric and acts as an ambassadorial entity for Israeli society and life in Israel.

Opening Night Gala

This year, the festival’s opening night gala is on November 12, 2019. The festival features more than 30 new Israeli film and TV premiers, industry-focused panels, centerpiece events, spotlight, and tribute screenings, Q&A with Israeli filmmakers and booths at the American Film Market (AFM).

By the visionary generosity of Meir Fenigstein, year after year many film lovers in the United States get the opportunity to see Israel in all its facets and connect with the Jewish state.

During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the “Accidental Reporter” felt compelled to become an activist. Being an ‘out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a “one-woman Hasbarah army” for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

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