The Israel Film Center Festival brings in the top directors, producers, and actors from Israel for post-screening discussions. Guests will be announced in May before the festival in June.


Avi Nesher - Director, The Other Story, Rage and Glory, Turn Left at the End of the World
Avi Nesher is a film director, producer and screenwriter. His first films, The Troupe (which he directed at age 24) and Dizengoff 99, became Israeli cult classics. In 1984 he wrote and directed the thriller Rage and Glory, which many consider to be one of the best Israeli films of all time. Turn Left at the End of the World (2004) was a huge success and is thought to be the opening shot of the golden age of Israeli cinema. The same year Nesher was awarded an Extraordinary Achievement Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival for his cinematic achievements and major contribution to the success of Israeli movies throughout the world.

Efrat Cohen - Producer, The Dive
CEO and Producer of Gaudeamus Production, a company which was established by The Steve Tisch School of Film & Television at the Tel-Aviv University, focusing on producing first features, documentaries and shorts by the school talented graduates. Efrat holds BA and MFA degrees in Film Directing & Production. On 2016 she was chosen by the Israeli Film Fund to represent Israeli promising producers in Rotterdam Lab. Efrat was director of the 12th Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival.

Boaz Yehonatan Yacov - Director, Redemption

Born 1969
1886 - Studied film at the Alon high school Ramat Hasharon, Director of Photography
2007 - My Father My Lord, Best movie Tribeca film festival
2010 - Ajami, Nominated for Best Foreign Film Academy Award
2011 - Restoration
2018 - Redemption - Best Movie at the Karlovy Vary film festival Director, screenwriter, cinematographer

Tsivia Barkai - Director, Red Cow

Director and writer, graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Tsivia’s final project Vika received a special mention at the Berlin Festival and won the Audience Award at FIDEC (Belgium). Red Cow, her debut feature film, premiered at the 2018 Berlin Festival, and won Best Israeli Feature, Best Israeli Debut Film and Best Actress at the 2018 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Dan Kleinman - Writer, Tel Aviv on Fire

Dan Kleinman's writing credits for the screen include the films Rage, starring George C. Scott; Zone Zero; and Tel Aviv on Fire. He has been a script consultant on many films, including Monsoon Wedding, Off the Black, Man Without a Cell Phone, and Heart of Hummingbird (Best International Film, Tribeca 2019). The screenplay of Tel Aviv on Fire received the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Screenplay of 2018 – out of 298 eligible films – and was named Best Screenplay at the Haifa Film Festival and the Monte Carlo Film Festival.

Dan has taught screenwriting for twenty years at Columbia University, where he was chair of the Graduate Film Program from 2000 to 2005. He has been a mentor at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in Utah and at MAISHA: A Filmmakers Lab in Kampala, Uganda. He has been a guest faculty member at La Femis in Paris, RITS in Brussels, Princeton University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Yoav Levi - Actor, The Unorthodox

Yoav Levi is an actor, known for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Hostages (2013) and Incitement.

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