Austin is home to many film festivals throughout the year, including South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Cine Las Americas and Austin Jewish Film Festival.
Now in its 17th year, the Austin Jewish Film Festival exists to highlight incredible filmmaking, make cross-cultural alliances throughout the Austin community, build bridges with thoughtful engagement and entertain audiences through the medium of Jewish films and Jewish filmmakers. David Goldblatt started the festival in 2002 with Cindy Pinto coming on board after.
AJFF takes place November 2 through 8, 2019. “This festival is for everyone, even those who aren’t Jewish,” said David Finkel, co-director of the festival. “If you love great films and rich storytelling, and are the least bit curious about Jewish culture, come to AJFF. Unlike a bar mitzvah you don’t need a formal invitation. You’re invited! As we say, the festival is ‘For Jew and You Too!’”
This year, AJFF aims to raise awareness of the festival both within and outside of the Jewish community in Austin and beyond. What kind of experience should you expect at the festival? The festival seeks to promote cultural understanding and tolerance while presenting the best Jewish films from the U.S. and around the world.
AJFF has an exciting lineup planned for this year that includes foreign, independent and U.S. films that will “fascinate and inspire.” There will also be engaging programs and speakers planned for several of the films. Their list of short films can be found here.
The opening night film, “The Keeper,” is directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller and premieres at the Long Center Rollins Theater on Saturday, November 2, at 8:15 p.m. All other films will be showcased at the Regal Arbor 8 at Great Hills theater. The closing night film, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” is directed by Sameh Zoabi and premieres on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. The full list of feature films can be found here.
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Catherine grew up watching action flicks at a very young age which led to her love of film. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Radio-TV-Film in 2012. Always the adventurer, Catherine traveled and lived in Sydney, Australia for a year where she took a selfie with Brad Pitt. She runs Shuffle with passion, lots of caffeine and tacos. When she’s not editing or writing you can find her crafting and planning her next adventure.