The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival is getting a giant boost this year. A New York Giants boost, to be exact.
Steve Tisch, the chairman and executive vice president of the New York City football team, will serve as president of the renowned student film fest, which was created by Tel Aviv University in 1986 and has gained a name as one of the most important stages for amateur filmmaking work in the world. Tisch, whose family co-owns the New York Giants and sponsored the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, is also a well-known film and television producer whose projects include “Forrest Gump,” “Snatch” and “Risky Business.”
Tisch will be on hand in Israel for the fest, which is held every two years and this year is scheduled to run from May 31 to June 7. The festival will feature 250 films, including 70 films from more than 40 countries in the international competition.
“Our students will have the privilege of learning from Mr. Tisch, who is a role model known for his achievements in the film industry,” said Tel Aviv University President Yosef Klafter.
Despite their spot on the East Coast, the New York Giants are perhaps the most Hollywood-connected team in the NFL. In addition to Tisch, their other co-owner is John Mara, whose nieces Rooney and Kate have made names for themselves acting in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “House of Cards,” respectively.