The eagerly anticipated Jerusalem Film Festival has been forced to cancel the summer edition amid the current health crisis.
The festival, which had been due to take place from August 20-30, has stopped its preparations for its upcoming edition. The event had confirmed 150 films from 60 different countries as part of their already finalised lineup.
Now, however, the film festival has abandoned the plans and hope to instead focus on a December winter edition if the current health situation improves.
“This is a difficult and painful decision as we have been working on the 37th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival over the course of the past year,” Noa Regev, director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Jerusalem Film Festival said.
“We believe there is no replacement for the physical encounter created by a film festival and its audience, filmmakers, and film on the big screen, and therefore, we will do everything in our power to hold the winter Jerusalem Film Festival edition during the month of December,” Elad Samorzik, artistic director of the Jerusalem Film Festival, added.
“The August festival would have provided an important opportunity to spotlight the art of film, nowadays experiencing a major shakeup, as well as the Israeli film industry,” added Regev and Samorzik. “We were hoping to offer a note of encouragement to the filmmakers, to the film enthusiasts throughout the country, and to Jerusalem – becoming a major tourist attraction every year during Festival time.”