Jerusalem International Film Festival, Abrams - Reuters - 13.6.11
Director J.J. Abrams's film, 'Super 8' closes the opening ceremony of the 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival in July 2011. Photo by Reuters
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The 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival will kick off tonight at Jerusalem's Sultan's Pool.

At the opening ceremony, achievement awards will be granted to Israeli director Eran Riklis ("The Syrian Bride," "The Human Resources Manager"), critic, lecturer and artistic director Nachman Ingber and Hungarian director Bela Tarr, the festival's guest this year.

The ceremony will close with a screening of "Super 8," a science fiction film directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.

More than 200 films will be screened during the 10-day festival.

A People's Favorite Award will be granted for the first time to one of the 11 Israeli feature films competing in the festival, the organizers announced yesterday.

The festival organizers - the Van Lear Foundation, the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Jerusalem International Film Festival - have added screenings for the Israeli award candidates so that the audience can vote for their favorite.

Ballots will be given out to viewers and the votes will be counted at the end of the festival.

At the closing ceremony, the winner of the People's Favorite Award will receive a NIS 10,000 prize.

The 11 contestants for the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema Best Full-Length Feature are Jonathan Sagall's "Lipstikka," Ami Drozer's "My Australia," Maya Kenig's "Off-White Lies," Marco Carmel's "My Lovely Sister," Sameh Zoabi's "Man Without A Cell Phone," Yossi Madmoni's "Restoration," "Hagar Ben Asher's "The Slut," Nadav Lapid's "Policeman," Yohanan Weller's "Salsa Tel Aviv," Hadar Friedlich's "Glorious Valley" and Nissim Notrika's "Obsession."