Cinema boycott — take two
TWO ISRAELI film-makers have been denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott.
Yoav Hornung and Niv Shpigel have directed films due to be shown at the Encounters festival in Bristol in September. But neither will be able to attend the screenings because money offered by the Israeli embassy to pay for their travel has been rejected.
Dan Golan, counsellor for cultural affairs at the embassy, said: “We committed to funding both film-makers so they could present their films, and the festival agreed. But it has since said it would not accept the money.
Mr Golan said he suspected organisers had changed their minds because they feared pro-Palestinian protests similar to those at the Edinburgh Fringe. “The festival is not willing to be identified publicly as receiving funding from our government,” he said.
Mr Hornung said it would be extremely disappointing if the decision prevented him from coming to Bristol.
The festival failed to respond to repeated requests for comment.