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March 23-31 & April 6-7, 2019

a program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center

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 Seattle arts calendar, attracting approximately 7,500 diverse patrons annually to the festival and garnering international acclaim as one of the largest and longest-running high-caliber Jewish film festivals in the US. Each year, SJFF showcases the best international, independent and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, and enhances audience and community engagement with special social events and discussion forums with filmmakers and guest speakers. The Seattle Weekly praised SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region.

SJFF is a vital cornerstone of the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Arts+Ideas season and programming. Central to the J’s community-building mission, SJFF brings people together to inspire learning and new perspectives by showcasing the virtuosity and diversity of Jewish cinema and talent.

SJFF attendees cast their ballots for the festival's Audience Choice Awards for Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Short Documentary and Narrative Short Films. Every other year, SJFF names a REEL Difference and REAL Difference Award to distinguished filmmakers, producers, artists and agents of arts philanthropy and change. Past recipients include: Academy Award nominated German director Michael Verhoeven, Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis and documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner, festival co-founder Deborah Rosen, and producer Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures.

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!