About the project
The Jerusalem International Film Festival is lsrael’s most prestigious cinematic event. The ten-day celebration of cinema held each summer draws film personalities, critics, directors, producers and enthusiasts. The festival includes a gala opening and the screening of approximately 150-200 films. It also includes national and international competitions, seminars and free special events. The festival is organized by and based at the Cinematheque, with screenings and events held also at nearby venues, including the Merrill Hassenfeld Amphitheater. The Jerusalem Foundation provides ongoing support for the festival. It also support the Haggiag Family Awards for Israeli Cinema (formerly the Wolgin Awards) which are given to Israeli filmmakers in a range of categories. Award ceremony guests and jury members have over the years included Warren Beatty, David Mamet, Robert de Niro, Jane Fonda, Liv Ullman and Jeanne Moreau.