ABOUT THE WJFF                                  


The Washington Jewish Film Festival is an exhibition of international cinema that celebrates the wonderful diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image.

The DCJCC’s 23rd Annual Jewish Film Festival will run from January 3-13, 2013 with 55 films at 14 different venues . Fifteen countries are represented throughout the festival including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Nigeria, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Serbia, the U.K. and the U.S. More than 30 filmmaker guests are expected to attend. The full festival lineup can be found at www.wjff.org.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival is one of the world’s oldest and largest Jewish film festivals, offering a contemporary mix of narrative films and documentaries. This year’s diverse slate offers everything from indie romance and coming-of-age tales to heavy-hitting documentaries dealing with universal experiences such as divorce and mental illness. Complex issues such as religious intolerance and the ever-present tensions of life in Israel receive thoughtful cinematic treatment as well. The festival will also include spotlights on film and music, and French Jewish Cinema.

The WJFF is presented by the Washington DCJCC's Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts.  Each year since 1990, the Festival brings to the nation's capital films that bring to life issues and create dialogues about issues the Jewish experience, with a particular emphasis on seeking unexpected stories and debunking stereotypes. We are thrilled to be joining forces with the JCC of Greater Washington this year as our second home venue.
The JCCGW has a great film festival tradition and now that we’ve brought them on board, 9 WJFF selections will be screened there.

The Washington Jewish Film Festival seeks to:

>Promote the preservation of Jewish culture and a diversity of narratives. The Festival provides a forum for films with Jewish themes that most often do not otherwise find a place for public exhibition in the Washington area.  Many of the films we screen only have a life on the Festival circuit and in specialty DVD-release. 

Encourage innovation and vitality within Jewish culture.
  The Festival highlights films that place Jewish themes in new contexts or challenge long-held assumptions.  The WJFF is at the forefront of presenting films that provide a constructive critique of Jewish identity and reconsider major cultural guideposts such as Zionism, the Holocaust and assimilation as well as the place of women, homosexuals and other people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles in Jewish life and tradition. 

Expose the widest possible audience to a low-cost, low-barrier entry to the Jewish culture.
  Because the Jewish Diaspora has interacted with numerous host cultures over the course of its long history, the Festival seeks out films that examine some aspect of the Jewish experience are quite often a prism through which to view multiple cultures.

>Provide a forum for audiences to interact with filmmakers and for filmmakers to receive feedback.
 Filmmakers attending the Festival engage in open and energetic dialogues with our audiences.  Through our works-in-progress program for uncompleted projects, the Festival provides new and veteran filmmakers opportunities to screen, works-in-progress portions of their films for an audience at a critical point in their creative process.

Ilya Tovbis, Director
Juliet Burch, Coordinator 
Matt Fetter, Associate
Dina Gold, Co-Chair 
Sid Moskowitz, Co-Chair    
Ed Cohen 
Joy Midman 
Diane Wattenberg

Aviva Kempner, WJFF Advisor

Deb Ashner 
Roz Cohen 
Sydney-Chanele Dawkins 
Bill Levenson 
Dan Levenson  
Mark Raisher 
Maurice Singer 
Anke Stoneman 
Barbara Taylor 
Tamara Miller