Founded in 1995, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest, one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the Puget Sound region and Jewish film festivals in the US, and a vital cornerstone of the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Arts+Ideas season programs. Central to the SJCC’s community-building mission, SJFF brings people together to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of global Jewish and Israeli life through cinema.
Program Highlights: Opening Night Party, VIP Gala, Sunday Brunch, Centerpiece and Spotlight screenings (i.e., Sephardic, Israeli Night, Gay Gezunt! LGBTQ), Happy Hours in the J Café, free or low-cost Matinees for low-income seniors, a Seattle Closing Night reception, and and Eastside Edition with free popcorn for the Eastside Opening Night.
- Audience Choice Awards: Attendees cast ballots to decide Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Shorts.
- REEL and REAL Difference Awards: Every other year, SJFF honors a distinguished filmmaker wth the REEL Difference Award and an arts advocate/leader with our REAL Difference Award. Past recipients include: Academy Award nominated German director Michael Verhoeven, Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis and documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, festival co-founder Deborah Rosen, filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, and producer Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures. Festival founding chair, Deborah Rosen was the first REAL Difference Award recipient. This year, SJFF honors Israeli filmmaker Dani Menkin and longtime festival champion/presenting sponsor Martin Selig with the 2020 REEL and REAL Difference Awards on Opening Night.
- NEW! Golden Or (Light in Hebrew) Juried Prize for Best Independent Film: This year, a distinguished panel of jurists, most film industry professionals including many SJFF past award recipients, will select an independent film for this award and cash prize. They will also award a local nonprofit film sponsorship and free tickets to ensure their organization and constituents benefit from participation and attendance.
Stroum Jewish Community Center: SJCC creates outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture. Each year the SJCC serves over 15,000 people around the Puget Sound through Early Childhood Education, summer camp, enrichment, fitness and aquatics programs, and a rich cultural and performing arts lineup. www.sjcc.org
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Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture.