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The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival Print E-mail

The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) will take place this year from 26 July to 5 August.

Since its founding in 1984, JFF has become a significant international platform for the presentation of Israeli cinema and the exposure of the best of world cinema.

For 11 days, more than 200 films will be screened, offering a rich and varied programme, alongside numerous professional events for members of the film industry from Israel and abroad. Each year, the festival’s Gala Opening Ceremony takes place at the Sultan’s Pool, an ancient water basin that has been turned into an outdoor amphitheatre with spectacular views of the Old City walls. On opening night, which attracts thousands of viewers, the selected opening film is screened on an enormous screen in the presence of worldrenowned film directors and actors, local and international members of the film industry and the general public.

Additional events include nightly parties at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, outdoor screenings and festival activities throughout the city.

For details visit: http://www.jff.org.il

(Issue Jun 2018)

On the Spectrum wins top prize at television festival in France E-mail

The new Israeli television series On the Spectrum won the top prize at the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France, in May.

The Hebrew-language show, about three 20-something roommates with autism living together in an assistedliving apartment, was awarded the Best Series prize. It was produced for the YES satellite broadcaster, and was screened in Israel for the first time on 22 May.

The festival called the show “a funny and moving gem of a series that is carefully crafted and full of humanity, offering a bold new take on the autistic condition,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

It is the ninth year of the festival, which serves as a showcase for international TV professionals. Last year, YES also won first place at the festival for its court drama Yes Your Honor, a legal thriller. Showtime bought the rights to the show.

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Philippine Embassy celebrates Labor Day and Flores de Mayo in the Holy Land E-mail

On 6 May, over 150 people, including representatives from the Tel Aviv city government and members of the local and religious community in Israel, gathered at the lush Hayarkon Park in northern Tel Aviv for the Embassy’s third annual joint celebration of Labor Day and Flores de Mayo.

Twenty Filipino community organisations participated in the Flores de Mayo parade, with participants carrying flower arches and wearing costumes representing their respective regions. The event, organised in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Office in Israel, was the Embassy’s salute to over 25,000 Filipino workers in Israel on the occasion of Philippine Labor Day.

Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial thanked the Filipino community and the Embassy’s guests for joining the celebration, and took the opportunity to honour the contributions of Filipino workers to the country’s development. “We honour our workers – our Overseas Filipino workers in particular, who are our partners for national development,” Ambassador Imperial affirmed.

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