Tourist Tip #264 / Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival

The cinematic celebration will include 80 Israeli films and 20 productions from countries such as Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Algeria and Afghanistan.

All great filmmakers start out as newbies – either at film school or by just picking up a camera and futzing around until they master it. Every year, around the world, a new crop of young filmmakers produces features, documentaries, animated pictures and shorts that examine their surroundings and unleash their creativity. And since 1986, Tel Aviv University has been giving student filmmakers worldwide a platform for showcasing their wares.

The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival is one of the largest gatherings of film students from around the globe, and this year the roster of nearly 200 films comes from more than 70 countries. There are nearly 80 Israeli films vying for the top honors of two competitions (Israeli student film and Israeli independent short); some 20 films from Palestine, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Algeria and Afghanistan contending in the Mediterranean and Arab World competition; and 90 additional films from far-flung countries are facing off for the International Association of Film and Television Schools’ best fiction film prize.

The festival kicks off Wednesday night with a party at the Container in Jaffa and runs through June 24 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and other venues around the city. There are also special screenings, media conferences, a Thai cinema retrospective and other unique events – including a “film bus” that will travel around the country and screen films outdoors, old-school drive-in style.

The event may also an opportunity for cinephiles to catch a glimpse of the next Hitchcock, Bergman or Fellini.

Adults: single ticket NIS 30; daily pass NIS 50; weekly pass NIS 150

Students and seniors: single ticket NIS 15; daily pass NIS 25; weekly pass NIS 100

For more information: http://www.taufilmfest.com/en

Moti Milrod