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WINNER ANNOUNCED - September 29, 2016


"It is a great honur for us and we want to thank the jury members of AICE Film Festival.  It was an amazing year for the Isreali cinema, both fiction and documentary, and getting this prize is really a great compliment as there were such strong beautiful films in the competition.  Thank you, thank you, thank you." 



Welcome to the renewal of the AICE Israeli Film Festival Competition. This year we hope you embrace our new dates, new venues and the competition.

The program for this year is a top selection of the best the contemporary Israeli film industry has to offer. It features entries from leading Israeli sales agents – Israeli Films, GO2 Films, Cinephil – a range of production houses, including United King Productions, Transfix Films, Laila Films – and several independent film makers.

Every film you see this year is in the competition and the line-up features a range of genres – romantic comedies, a Holocaust mystery, a Bedouin family drama, a Polish/Israeli horror film and several new independent movies. It's a program that spans the old and the new – with performances from veterans of the stage and screen – Gila Almagor, Oded Teomi, Devora Keidar – to some of the new and upcoming faces and voices of the future.

Israel's energetic documentary industry, the envy of many countries is also well represented this year. Plucked from the international festival circuit including Israel's main documentary event, Doc Aviv, some of Israel's top documentary filmmakers will also compete for the $25,000 award. From the hard hitting Town on A Wire, based on a top rating TV series, to the highly popular Who's Gonna Love Me Now? – an audience award winner at this year's Berlin film festival, the 2016 crop of documentaries are a testament to the diversity and breadth of opinion in contemporary Israel.

I would like to thank in particular our jury members who dedicated many hours of their precious time to the task of selecting a winner of the inaugural competition; also to the Cinema Nova and Ritz Cinema for taking on this venture and for partnering with this event. We value your support.

Richard Moore
Artistic Director
2016 AICE Israeli Film Festival



Welcome to our 2017 program packed full of goodies for your viewing pleasure. Its a very real treat this year to welcome two very special guests. Brigadier General Gal Hirsch is one of the most experienced in the IDF in the areas of Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency and Guerilla Warfare. He spearheaded Israel’s fight against terror for 34 years in all fronts as a commander of several elite units and as a field officer. Gal will be introducing the documentary War Story about his life, talking about his book Defensive Shield and appearing at various events and schools in the community.

And to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Beersheba in October 1917 our other guest Ric Carlsson Chauvel, will introduce screenings of the 1940 Australian film – 40,000 Horsemen. Ric’s great uncle, Harry Chauvel, led the infamous cavalry charge that liberated Beersheba from the Turks and his grandfather, Charles Chauvel, directed and co – produced the film.

His insights will delight film buffs and historical enthusiasts alike.

But its not all military matters this year – there is plenty of drama, laughter, some delights from the archive, and a special section devoted to the Women of Israel.


Richard Moore

Artistic Director

2017 AICE Israeli Film festival

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