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Seattle Jewish Film Festival

A Program of The Stroum Jewish Community Center
Founding Partner AJC Seattle
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Laugh.Cry.Love.Debate.Celebrate.Gather: To Life!

The annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival is a 10-day and now year-round international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish life, global cultures, identity, history and filmmaking for everyone. SJFF uses the magical medium of movies to both entertain and educate the Jewish and general communities about the complexity and diversity of the Jewish and Israeli experience, and strives to build bridges of mutual understanding and a community and a Pacific Northwest region that is more aware, tolerant, engaged and connected. By viewing "The World Through a Vibrant Lens," everyone gains profound insight into each other and the universal human experience.

SJFF attendees cast their ballots for the festival's Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short Film, and the festival awards our REEL Difference Award designed by Seattle glass artist Roger Nachman Glassworks to a distinguished filmmaker or producer. Past recipients include: Academy Award nominated director, Michael Verhoeven, filmmaker Eran Riklis, and Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures.

19th Annual Film Series: The Good, The Bad, The Funny

This year's festival features films about heroes, gangsters and comedians. Poster by David Lasky.

SJFF Facts

  • Founded in 1995 by AJC Seattle after attending a humble upstart Jewish film series at the 100-seat Grand Illusion Theatre.
  • 25 films from 15 countries in 10 days, supplemented by guest artists, performers, speakers, parties, family and special events.
  • Year-round screenings & Best of Fest encore films
  • 7,500 Patrons: SJFF has grown dramatically in size and reputation into the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish cultural and arts event in the Pacific Northwest at Seattle's best downtown venues, including 800-seat Cinerama Theatre, 600 seat AMC Pacific Place and the 500-seat SIFF Uptown Cinema
  • The Seattle Weekly praised SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region, with a breadth and quality second only to the Seattle International Film Festival.
  • Only 20% of our operating costs are raised from ticket sales. Support this community gem: get involved, make a donation, spread the word, volunteer....and attend!