The Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media. Throughout the year, the Festival engages and inspires the community to explore the full spectrum of Jewish life, values and culture.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival was founded in 1989 by filmmaker Michal Goldman. Today, the Festival has become a destination for the community to get together and talk about international award-winning films on Jewish topics and themes. As the Festival continues to grow (from 10 screenings in its first year to over 60), the BJFF has welcomed 300,000 audience members. Films that have had premieres at the BJFF include Academy Award-winners such as The Pianist (2002), Nowhere in Africa (2002), and Son of Saul (2015).
The Festival has grown to include a variety of arts and media – from music performances and dance to live podcast recordings. The Festival also prides itself on its in-depth post-screening conversations with filmmakers and other special guests from around the world. The Festival also presents screenings throughout the year.
In 2011, the Boston Jewish Film Festival became the host for ReelAbilities Boston, Boston’s disability film festival. Like the BJFF, ReelAbilities uses film to increase awareness and understanding in the community. ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people and is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.