Fest fetes Fenigstein ‘Friends’

Kaplun's film gets aud choice, best pic honors

The 16th Annual Israel Film Festival came quietly to a close Friday with founder/director Meir Fenigstein handing out awards to the films “Yana’s Friends,” “Borders” and “As If Nothing Happened.”

The audience choice award for best feature went to “Yana’s Friends,” which also won the Israeli Academy Award for best picture. Director Arik Kaplun and the film’s producers will share the $30,000 prize, which goes toward post-production services on their next film in Israel.

In the docu category, “Borders,” helmed by Eran Riklis, won $5,000 worth of post services. “As if Nothing Happened,” from director Ayelet Bargur, nabbed the television award and also $5,000 in post services.

The Amblin Entertainment prize for best student short film went to “The Siren of the Town,” directed by Ran Azulay of the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. Azulay will receive a cash prize of $2,500.

Fest moves to Chicago (April 29-May 4) and previously ran in Miami and New York.

The opening night gala honored Arnon Milchan, Adam Greenberg, Ashley Judd, Joel Schumacher, Ivan Reitman, Cyril Drabinsky and Peter Chernin.

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