Israeli film festival gets a refresh

THE Israeli Film Festival Competition 2016 has been relaunched this year with new dates, new venues and an exciting new competition.

Organised by the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE), this year’s festival is a showcase of the latest Israeli cinema featuring a contemporary program of films.

Held in both Sydney and Melbourne, all films in Melbourne will be screened at Cinema Nova from 14-25 September. One of the main aims of the festival is to increase mutual understanding between Israel and Australia, as well as providing an insight into life in Israel through the eyes of its filmmakers.

This year's instalment highlights the diversity of the Israeli film industry, with an array of films on show that explore and interpret genres in unconventional ways.

The winner of the competition will win $25,000 for the best Israeli feature film or documentary.

AICE founder, Albert Dadon AM, was delighted to announce this new facet of the festival to help bring independent Israeli films to the international stage.

'The introduction of the competition continues AICE's longstanding and ongoing commitment to highlighting the talent and creativity of the Israeli film industry,' said Mr Dadon.

For more information visit the AICE website.