Israeli Oscar Season / Record Number of Feature Films to Compete for This Year's Ophir Prizes

Thirty-one feature films will vie this year for the Israeli Film Academy's Ophir Prizes. This number, according to a film academy press release, sets a record for competing films in one year.

Last year, just 18 feature films competed for prizes. The previous record for competing feature films was set in 2009, when 23 movies vied for the Ophir Prizes. This year, 47 films will compete for the best documentary.

Nominated feature films include: "My Australia," directed by Ami Drozd; "Good Morning, Mr. Fidelman," directed by Yossi Madmoni; "The Fifth Heaven," directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis; "The Policeman," directed by Nadav Lapid; "Cats on a Pedal Boat," directed by Yuval Mendelson and Nadav Hollander; "Rabies," directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado; "Melt in the Rain," directed by Doron Eran; "Salsa in Tel Aviv," directed by Jorge Weller; "By Summer's End," directed by Noa Aharoni; "Playoff," directed by Eran Riklis; and "Rock the Casbah," directed by Yariv Horowitz.

The Israel Film Academy's competition will begin on May 24 at Tel Aviv's Cinematheque. Some 950 members of the academy will be invited to view the films in the various categories and select the five finalists for best feature film. The names of the finalists will be published in August. The prize winners will announced at an awards ceremony to be held in September.