The 25th Israel Film Festival, running May 5-19 (at the AMC Loews on 84th St) will present awards (listed below) to Liev Schreiber, Stanley Donen and Micha Shagri on May 5 at New York City’s Paris Theatre following a reception at the Plaza Hotel’s Edwardian Room. The New York premiere screening of Nir Bergman’s Intimate Grammar will follow. The film (pictured), based on David Grossman’s novel, won the Best Feature award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and the Sakura Grand Prize from the Tokyo International Film Festival.
More information on the festival is below:
Encompassing over 30 titles, including award-winning features, documentaries and television programs, the Festival opens Thursday, May 5 at Paris Theatre, and continues through May 19, 2011 at the AMC Loews 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway).
In the last two and a half decades, the Festival has presented more than 800 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to over 900,000 filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art. The Israel Film Festival is produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982. The 25th Anniversary festival is presented in association with the Government of Israel, Consulate General of Israel in New York, Israel Film Fund, Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, Highbrow, Rabinovich Foundation-Cinema Project, and sponsored in part by Bank Leumi USA, New York Post, Nu Image/Millennium Films, Panavision, Cheryl andHaim Saban, Israel Bonds, El Al Airlines, Carmel Car & Limo, and other corporations, organizations and individuals who believe in the importance of promoting Israeli culture in the USA.
The Festival’s mission is to showcase the finest new Israeli films in order to share with American audiences the country’s rich culture, diverse stories and modern Israeli life. The 25th IFF NY Festival Chairman is Ronald S. Guttman; The HonoraryCommittee includes Honorary Chairman Arnon Milchan, and Avi Arad, Mark Canton, Gil Cates, Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Meyer Gottlieb, Dustin Hoffman, Lainie Kazan, Penny Marshall, David Matalon, Mike Medavoy, Bette Midler, Rob Reiner, Jane Rosenthal, Terry Semel, Nina Tassler, and many others. Proceeds from the Gala Opening Night event will provide funds to support the IsraFest Foundation and scholarship funds at the top six film schools in Israel.