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Now that the summer blockbuster season's in gear, it's time to counter-program with an influx of festivals! The Israel Film Festival runs through the 18th at Laemmle's Fallbrook in West Hills & the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Highlights include Lost Islands, which cleaned kibbutz at the Israeli box office last year and won four Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars); The Seven Days, another Ophir powerhouse; and audience favorite & Oscar nominee Waltz With Bashir. Rather than feature one-off screenings of a multitude of films, the festival has a smaller slate (30 films) but more dedicated screening times; a nice touch for patrons with less flexible schedules.

For a more madcap rush of cutting-edge digicams, head to the Sunset 5 for the 12th annual Dances With Films Festival. Consisting almost entirely of unknowns, this truly independent festival includes Alphonso Bow, an uproarious update of My Dinner With Andre; Being Michael Madsen, a mockumentary featuring the actor (the exception that proves the festival's rule) and a documentary crew stalking a papparazzo; and a number of horror/thrillers - all premieres, amongst many others. If you prefer more flotsam with your jetsam, the New Beverly has their own festival of sorts - the New Beverly Film Explosion, a week-long series replaying several tried and true midnight movie favorites, as well as new double and triple feature line-ups of cult actor Clu Gulager, Jason Voorhees, Steven Segal & Fred Savage!

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!