“Good evening, my fellow Canadians,” joked comedian Elan Gold, who emceed the night’s festivities, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “So we survived day one,” he quipped. “It should have been called a big erection because a dick won.”
Meir Fenigstein, founder and executive director of the fest, was on hand to tout its achievements in bridging cultural divides between Israel and the rest of the world. In its three decades, the fest has showcased nearly 1,000 feature films, documentaries and television series and brought more than 450 filmmakers to the United States.
“We are not just promoting Israeli film in Los Angeles,