Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and Become a Supporter for PJFF37 before June 16th

Please join our family of PJFF Sponsors and Supporters as we plan our 37th Anniversary Season, which begins November 4, 2017. Your support helps PJFF to achieve its goal of using the medium of film as a vehicle for perpetuating Jewish values, culture, and community. We can only do this with the help of generous friends like you. Please review the Supporter levels and benefits HERE, and enjoy a 10% Early Bird discount if you sign up as a Supporter by June 16! To enjoy even more benefits and go “behind the scenes” with special guests – including cast and crew members – take a look at our Sponsor levels and benefits.


Join us for a FREE screening of a new Errol Morris documentary, THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

You are invited to join PJFF for an exclusive, free sneak preview of Errol Morris‘s newest documentary. And Elsa Dorfman is an ideal documentary subject. In her Cambridge, MA apartment, she found her passion for Polaroid photography, specifically with her 20×24 camera. There, she shot poets, punks, rock stars, Harvard luminaries, families, and everyone in between. Her vast collection of captured “surfaces” is a treasure trove of work celebrating the art of photography. We’re offering a rare, free sneak preview of THE B-SIDE and ask that you consider a small donation when you RSVP.


Thank you for a wonderful 2017 CineMondays spring film series! The Audience Award winners are . . .

With sincerest gratitude, we thank you for being a part of our PJFF CineMondays spring series. And we’re delighted to report that the Audience Award winners are two-fold! FANNY’S JOURNEY earned the highest Narrative audience ratings and BIG SONIA won the audience’s highest ratings for Documentary. Thank you very much for your thoughtful votes! In its 36th season, the Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presented the best Jewish independent cinema from across the globe to a larger, more diverse audience than ever before. From our 36th Annual Fall Festival to the Spring 2017 CineMondays, we presented 40 films from 11 countries – almost all of them Philadelphia premieres – to more than 6,500 people.


Six feature films announced for CineMondays 2017!

PJFF CINEMONDAYS features six new films that exemplify the best in Jewish International Cinema. From Israel’s 2016 box office sensation THE WOMEN’S BALCONY and the Arab-Israeli knockout IN BETWEEN, to the Hungarian arthouse masterwork 1945 and the inspirational FANNY’S JOURNEY and BIG SONIA, you will love spending Monday evenings with PJFF this spring.

Want another reason to make room on your calendar? PJFF is one of only a handful of Festivals in the world to offer filmgoers a sneak peek at Joseph Cedar’s highly-anticipated follow-up to Footnote. Our exclusive preview screening of Cedar’s NORMAN stars Philly-born Richard Gere alongside an ensemble cast including Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen and PJFF alumnus, Neta Riskin.


Thank you for a fabulous PJFF36!

This fall, we were thrilled to bring you 33 films from 12 countries around the world. We screened 16 feature documentaries, nine narrative feature films, and eight short films, all selected after a year-long search by our extraordinary Screening Committee. These films fulfill PJFF’s mission of celebrating Jewish identity, culture, history and community through the medium of film.


The audiences have spoken! The winners of Best Documentary Feature and Best Narrative Feature at PJFF36 are . . .

It’s always exciting to see what our audiences think of the films we’ve selected for the Fall Festival. And you have voted! The highest-rated film of PJFF36 is a tie between THE FREEDOM TO MARRY and SHALOM ITALIA – the clear winners of the Best Documentary Feature with a 4.8 out of 5. THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE was the winner for Best Narrative Feature with a 4.6 out of 5. EVA HESSE also did very well with a 4.7 out of 5, a much-deserved third place in the Best Documentary Feature category.


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You Saw Them First At PJFF!

A number of recent PJFF Fall Festival and CineMondays alumni are hitting theaters and new arrival bins this summer! Whether you want to see them again or enjoy them with a friend who missed them at PJFF, check out these fantastic films on DVD, streaming, or in theaters for a limited time:

DOUGH  |  TO LIFE (À La Vie)  |  NATASHA  |  PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW


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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 7 incredible films in our spring CineMondays series and for helping us end our 35th year on a very high note! You helped make PJFF35 such a huge success. We had more than 700 guests at the Gershman Y for our CineMondays Opening Night film, IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE, including special guest speaker Michael Solomonov, and we ended the series May 23 at International House Philadelphia with the feel-good audience favorite, PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW. If you enjoyed this season full of great films, exciting guests, and special events, then stay tuned for more information as we to celebrate our Double Chai 36th Anniversary Season.