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Jerusalem Film Festival


Basic Information

Location 11 Hebron Road, Jerusalem
Date 2013/07/04 - 2013/07/13
Recurring Event: yes
Phone number 025654333
Country Israel
City Jerusalem

Tourist Information

Free entry no
Suitable for kids yes
Handicap accessibility yes
Yearly event yes
Website http://www.jff.org.il/?cl=en


The Jerusalem Film Festival is an international film festival held annually in Jerusalem. The festival was the brainchild of Lia van Leer, who inaugurated it on May 17, 1984. Feature films and documentaries from all over the world are screened, and awards are presented in many categories.

History and time period

After serving as a judge at the Cannes film festival, Lia van Leer decided to organize a similar event in Israel. Jeanne Moreau, Lillian Gish, Warren Beatty and John Schlesinger arrived in Israel to attend the debut.

In 1989, van Leer persuaded American philanthropist Jack Wolgin to set up a competition bearing his name for the best Israeli films. The Wolgin Prize has become the country's most prestigious feature film award.

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