The Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF) seeks to entertain, educate, and engage the greater Philadelphia community through film programming that explores universal themes and values that deepen our understanding of ourselves and society at large.

As the second longest-running series of its kind in the United States and Philadelphia’s first film festival, in its 36-year history, the critically-acclaimed PJFF has presented over 500 international films that highlight the diversity and commonality of the human experience.

With its commitment to examining important issues facing all of society, PJFF provides a welcoming environment that encourages audience members with different perspectives and ideologies to share their views and engage in stimulating discussion. Additionally, guest filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, scholars and experts enhance film screenings by providing deeper insight into a film’s subject matter and its historical or cultural significance. Lastly, a sense of community is further cultivated through post-film receptions and parties that encourage audience members to meet, socialize, and connect surrounding their love of film.