War fears delay Israel film fest

Event will open in Chicago May 8

The Israel Film Festival, set to roll out in Los Angeles Wednesday night, has been postponed due to war anxiety from several Israeli filmmakers scheduled to attend. Fest’s 19th edition has been reskedded for May 28-June 8.

More than 30 Israeli filmmakers make the annual trek to the States to discuss and promote their films. Several cancellations from filmmakers who had planned on attending the event prompted the rescheduling, festival founder and exec director Meir Fenigstein said in a statement.

“The mood just isn’t right now and everyone is concerned and worried about the war and its affects” Fenigstein said.

The L.A. festival has been postponed before, following the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

The four-city event will open in Chicago at Loews Cineplex Esquire May 8-15 as planned, followed by the new L.A. dates at Laemmle’s Fairfax Theaters and Town Center 5 in Encino. Fest makes its Gotham stop June 19-July 3 and wraps in Miami Nov. 13-20.

Event will unspool more than 35 new features, TV-movies, documentaries and student shorts.

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