Israel Film Festival Opens with Hollywood Actors

Published: October 30th 2010
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Actor Sylvester Stallone presents producer Avi Lerner with the lifetime achievement award during the Israel Film Festival 25th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner
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The 25th Anniversary Gala for the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles attracted a number of Hollywood stars to the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Among the honourees this year are Richard Dreyfuss (actor and founder of the Dreyfuss Initiative), Avi Lerner (Co-Chairman & CEO of Nu Image/Millennium Films, The Expendables) and Jon Landau (COO of Lightstorm Entertainment, producer of Avatar, The Titanic). 


Dreyfuss received the festival’s Career Achievement Award; actor Topher Grace presented Ryan Kavanaugh with the Outstanding Achievement in Film Award; and Sylvester Stallone was on hand to present Lerner (who recently produced The Expendables, starring Stallone) with the Lifetime Achievement Award.


“It was an incredible evening with each of the honourees speaking so passionately about Israel and praising the success of the Israeli film industry around the world,” founder and executive director of the festival Meir Fenigstein said in a statement.


Comedian Elon Gold acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the gala, which featured many Israeli directors, including Avi Nesher. Nesher’s film The Matchmaker (which premiered at TIFF) opened the festival. 


This year’s featival -- which runs until Nov. 4 in Los Angeles -- will feature two closing night films: The Human Resources Manager, Israel’s Oscar entry, and Precious Life, a documentary that had its premiere at TIFF. 


Turn Left at the End of the World, I’m Not Jerusalem, Rage and Glory, Out of the Box, Neighbors and Murders, Lone Samaritan, A Duck’s Journey, Theives by Law, Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams, I’m Not Filipina, Blood Relation, A History of Israeli Cinema, A Matter of Size and There Were Nights will also be screened at the festival.


For more information and to see the complete list of films, visit

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