The third Eilat International Film Festival, which is scheduled for April 6-9, will present 45 films from some 20 countries.
According to the festival’s organizers, 90 percent of the films on the program will be making their world premieres at the event.
The film set to kick off the festival on Thursday, April 7, at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EST) is Bride and Prejudice, a parody of the Jane Austin classic Pride and Prejudice. Imaginary Heroes, directed by Dan Harris and starring Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, is scheduled for a special gala screening the night prior to the festival's official launch.
This year the festival is expected to hold competitions in two main categories: Best foreign film, and best children’s and teen flick, which will be judged by local children and teenagers.
The festival’s program is also expected to include workshops and meetings with filmmakers and movie industry people, including actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers from Israel and abroad.
At the site of the event, which will be located near the Eilat Theaters, nightly screenings of musical film classics such as The Commitments and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be held as a tribute to MGM. The entrance to these films will be free of charge.
The organizers said the festival would also include a movie make-up workshop and a seminar on film distribution, in addition to special screenings of movies related to the sea, water sports, and remarkable personal achievements.