By now it has become a celebrated fact that the Israeli creative industry is in the throes of a modern renaissance. This makes the annual Israel Film Festival — set to roll out the red carpet for its 27th year next March — a gift to Los Angeles and its two-week film program an anticipated moment on the city’s cultural calendar.
But there is another reason why this year’s festival has become an even more valuable import: Hollywood is paying close attention.
That rousing energy animated the festival’s sponsor luncheon on Nov. 1, an intimate gathering at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hotel for supporters from the worlds of film, fashion and philanthropy. “This combines the two things I love most — Israel and the movies,” said comedian and actor Elon Gold, who served as emcee.
Supporters were frank about the opportunity to further endorse the business relationship between Hollywood and Israel.
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