ABOUT THE WJFF
The Washington Jewish Film Festival is truly an exhibition of international cinema that celebrates the wonderful diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image.
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.
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.
>Recognize those filmmakers with a body of work that exemplifies the goals and mission of the WJFF. The annual WJFF Visionary Award is presented to outstanding filmmakers in recognition of their courage, creativity and insight in presenting the diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image. Last year's 2011 recipient was acclaimed Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner. The 2010 recipient was Argentinian filmmaker, Daniel Burman. In 2009 we honored German filmmaker Michael Verhoeven and the inaugural award in 2008 was presented to the outstanding documentarians Charles Guggenheim and Grace Guggenheim. In 2006, in celebration of the 10th year of the DCJCC's return to its current home, the WJFF presented the Decade Award to Eytan Fox for his contributions to the field of Jewish film.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2011 FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS
Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
... AND OUR DAY SPONSORS
• JACOB AND CHARLOTTE LEHRMAN FOUNDATION Opening Night Sponsor
• THE CROSSCURRENTS FOUNDATION Closing Night Sponsor
• ESTELLE FRIEDMAN GERVIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
• LOUIE AND RALPH DWECK
• THE ARTHUR TRACY “THE STREET SINGER” ENDOWMENT FUND
Israel programming through the Arts is supported by a priority grant from
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington