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Seattle Jewish Film Festival

a program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center
SJFF- 2016 poster-no-sponsors

Laugh.Cry.Love.Debate.Celebrate.Gather: To Life!

Founded in 1995, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an annual, 9-day and year-round cinematic exploration and celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and filmmaking for everyone. SJFF is the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and a mainstay in the Greater Seattle region's arts calendar, attracting approximately 7,500 diverse patrons annually to the festival and garnering international acclaim.

SJFF showcases the best international, independent and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, enhanced by educational, family, social, performing arts and year-round programming. The Seattle Weekly praised SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region. 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 Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short Films, and the festival awards our REEL Difference Award designed by local glass artists, including 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. This year's recipient is Emmy-nominated filmmaker Aviva Kempner (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG, PARTISANS OF VILNA). 

21st Annual: We're 21! Drink Up the Culture! April 2 - 10, 2016

For our 21st year, SJFF honors founding chair Deborah Rosen (who raised us to adulthood) with our inaugural lREAL Difference Award, subsequently honoring local community arts leaders and education advocates. Rosen, who helped found the festival in 1995, has never waned in her involvement, support and stewardship of the festival and its ability to inspire, educate and build bridges in our community. 

Both awards will be confered before on Sunday, April 3 before a screening of Kempner's latest film ROSENWALD. Join us after at the VIP Sponsor Gala (min. donation $500) where we will honor both recipients with a oast and tribute. Donate now to attend!  

SJFF Facts

  • Founded in 1995 by AJC Seattle after attending a humble upstart Jewish film series at the 100-seat Grand Illusion Theatre.
  • 30-35 films from 15 countries in 9 days, supplemented by guest artists, performers, speakers, parties, family and special events.
  • SJFF now screens films year-round at the Stroum JCC: Join us for encores, sneak-peeks, extended dialogue forums and premieres
  • 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, such as the 800-seat Cinerama Theatre, 600 seat AMC Pacific Place and the 500- and 300-seat seat SIFF Uptown Cinema, and our own Dolby Digital 358-seat cinema on Mercer Island
  • The Seattle Weekly praised SJFF "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, volunteer and get involved, make a donation, help spread and encourage friends to join you! Attend!