LOS ANGELES – The inaugural Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival will be held Nov. 13-18 in Los Angeles, with Clint Eastwood to receive the top honor, the museum announced.
Films “from around the globe that shine a light on human rights issues both past and present” will be screened at the museum’s three theaters, including the 300-seat Peltz Theatre.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founding director of the film festival and founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance, said the six-day event “seeks to explore human rights issues and prevent hatred and genocide through the medium of film.”
“Cinema leaves a lasting impression on its audiences and is a valuable way to instill the museum’s vision in a new audience,” he said.
At the Nov. 14 evening gala, which will salute films and filmmakers who have embraced issues of tolerance and human rights, Eastwood will be presented with the “Tolerance Award” honoring “an accomplished filmmaker whose films have brought awareness to themes encouraging tolerance, justice and human rights.”
“We believe Mr. Eastwood is a superb choice for this award, which celebrates those whose work shines a light on themes of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance and forgiveness,” Hier said.
“That is certainly true of Mr. Eastwood’s outstanding cinematic achievements, with only the most recent examples being ‘Letters from Iwo Jima,’ ‘Gran Torino’ and ‘Invictus,'” he said.
Randi Emerman has been named executive director of the festival. Emerman has served as executive director of the Palm Beach International Film Festival since 2001.
The lineup of films–including the opening night, centerpiece and closing night movies–will be announced next month. MOTIFF is looking for films that speak out about or tell a story of human rights and is accepting submissions through Sept. 20.
Information about submitting films can be accessed at www.museumoftolerance.com/motiff.
Filmmakers can also submit films at withoutabox.com.