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    Drink Up the Culture!

    At 21, SJFF is an adult at last, and it was a fabulour year. This year's celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, and cinema honored festival founder Deborah Rosen and filmmaker Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) with our REAL/REEL Difference Awards.


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  • Opening Night Encore Announced

    A Tale of Love and Darkness

    Northwest Premiere
    Natalie Portman stars in her feature directorial debut
    An adaptation of Amos Oz's international best-seller

    Thursday. June 9 | Stroum JCC | Tickets $12-15
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  • Audience Choice Award Winners

    Award Recipients, Filmmakers, Chefs, Rock stars & Celebrities

    25 Films | 11 Countries | 12 Guest Speakers | 9 Days
    SJFF showcases the best Jewish and Israeli cinema for everyone!

    Audience Choice Award Winners
    Best Narrative: Once in a Lifetime
    Best Doc: Raise the Roof
    Best Short Narrative: Yid-Life Crisis
    Best Short Doc: In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas
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  • It's a Wrap! Take the Survey

    Drink Up the Culture!

    At 21, SJFF is an adult at last, and it was a fabulour year. This year's celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, and cinema honored festival founder Deborah Rosen and filmmaker Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) with our REAL/REEL Difference Awards.


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  • Opening Night Encore Announced

    A Tale of Love and Darkness

    Northwest Premiere
    Natalie Portman stars in her feature directorial debut
    An adaptation of Amos Oz's international best-seller

    Thursday. June 9 | Stroum JCC | Tickets $12-15
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  • Audience Choice Award Winners

    Award Recipients, Filmmakers, Chefs, Rock stars & Celebrities

    25 Films | 11 Countries | 12 Guest Speakers | 9 Days
    SJFF showcases the best Jewish and Israeli cinema for everyone!

    Audience Choice Award Winners
    Best Narrative: Once in a Lifetime
    Best Doc: Raise the Roof
    Best Short Narrative: Yid-Life Crisis
    Best Short Doc: In the Footsteps of Regina Jonas
    view all ...

    Guests-Slide web
     
     
     
  • Opening Night Film & Festivities: Tickets Available at the Door Only!

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We're 21! Drink up the culture | April 2-10, 2016 | Tickets on sale March 1st

Maturity grants us permission to “drink up” – in this case “the culture” – and finally thank those who reared us to successful adulthood. At 21, we thank, toast and pay tribute to two extraordinary women: SJFF founding chair Deborah Rosen and Emmy®-nominated, Peabody-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner – founders of large Jewish film festivals (Seattle and the “other” Washington, D.C.), champions of unsung heroes, social justice and education advocates.

Like our award recipients, the 2016 lineup features those who have made a "reel" difference, defied stereotypes and detractors: social justice philanthropist Julius Rosenwaldz"l, eccentric art collector Peggy Guggenheim z"l, Auschwitz survivor Jack Adler (attending), James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov (attending), and on the 20th anniversary of his assassination, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabinz"l.

Across countries, languages, and cultures, Jewish film opens windows onto colorful worlds and unique narratives, affirming diverse perspectives, universal connections and common humanity. Join us from start to finish – 25 films, 11 countries in 9 days – “drink up the culture” and toast growing up together. L'chaim!


Drink Up The Culture, Starting Opening Night

ATOLAD-trailerv2Drink up the culture with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival this year. Our lineup of films, guests, and parties is going to be extraordinary, kicking off opening night with Natalie Portman's feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Amos Oz's A Tale of Love and Darkness, in which she also stars. Tom Douglas hosts the post-film dessert party. 

 

2016 REAL/REEL Difference Award Recipients

Rosenwald trailerWe are thrilled to recognize two amazig women, who have made a real difference founding leading Jewish film festivals in the U.S., advocating for unsung heroes, social justice and education for all. Congratulations Deborah Rosen, SJFF's founding chair and a community leader, and Emmy-award nominated and Peabody award winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg).  Join us for the Award Ceremony before Kempner's new film, "Rosenwald" on Sunday, April 3rd. We will then toast and tribute our honorees at the VIP Sponsor Gala Dinner. 


Filmmakers: Submissions for 2016 SJFF are now closed - click here for more info and to submit for 2017 SJFF. 

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Aviva Kempner

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Michael Solomonov

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Avi Vaknin

4/9

Navid Negahban

4/10

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