A record number of Israeli films were represented this year at international festivals, including an award-winning feature directed by an ultra-Orthodox woman and a documentary featuring six former Shin Bet agents.
The festival, which opens in November, will screen some 60 films directed by women, 33 of them Israeli.
In her new film, Dina Zvi-Riklis challenges two deeply entrenched views: the rosy narrative of the pre-state Zionist experience and her own perception of her identity.
This will be the first time the revered institution honors an Israeli director in this way.
'The Law in These Parts,' directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, '5 Broken Cameras,' by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 'Good Garbage,' by Ada Ushpiz and Shosh Shlam, 'Dolphin Boy,' by Dani Mankin and Yonatan Nir, and 'Chronicles of a Crisis,' by Amos Kollek are the five nominees.
Rama Burshtein's 'Fill the Void', which tells the story of a woman in crisis, snags prizes for best director, best screenplay and best film, securing its place as Israel's entry for the Oscar in this year's foreign-language film category.
The festival's main award – the Golden Lion went to South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's shocking drama 'Pieta.'
'Fill the Void,' a film by Rama Burshtein, gets rave reports in Variety magazine, Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily, while Indiewire website is less impressed.
The managers of 14 LGBT film festivals throughout Europe protest a change in Israel’s criteria for funding film festivals that would shut down smaller events.
Israel may soon become one of the first non-European countries to enjoy the support of Eurimages, the European Cinema Support Fund.