Does the BJFF have programs other than the annual Fall Festival?
Yes! The BJFF hosts previews and other special screenings of Jewish and Israeli films throughout the year. The hits from the November screening are also shown again at our Summer Encore Series every July. The BJFF is also home to ReelAbilities Boston. For information about all upcoming BJFF programs, join our email list and follow us on social media.
How do I purchase tickets for the Festival?
Tickets are not available at the BJFF office.
Website: Online purchasing closes at midnight the night before a screening. There is a $1.50 processing fee per ticket.
Phone: Tickets can be ordered via phone at 888.615.3332. The ticketing line is open M-Sa 7am – 10pm, Sun 7am – 8pm on Sunday. Phone purchases close at 3pm the day before a screening and have a processing fee of $3.50 per ticket.
In Person: Tickets can be purchased in advance at the venues for screenings at: Arlington Capitol Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, and West Newton. Tickets for screenings at our other locations are available one hour before screening time as long as tickets are still available.
How can I pay for tickets at door?
We accept payments in cash or credit. West Newton Cinema only accept cash payments.
Are there discounted tickets?
Discounted tickets ($14) are available for seniors (65+), students, and members of BJFF, Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Museum of Fine Arts, and WGBH.
Matinee tickets are $6 General Admission and $4 Discount.
Group sales are available for groups of 10+ for $11 per ticket (plus a $4 mailing fee). Group ticket tickets can be ordered on our website, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 617-244-9899.
Discount tickets and group sales do not apply to Opening, Mid-Fest, Spotlight, and Closing night events.
What is a Friends Pass?
Friends Pass holders are granted admission to every film, with priority seating. Friends Passes also grant admission to parties and other special events. You can get your Friends Pass here through October 23.
What is a REELPass?
A REELPass grants admission to three film screenings. You can get your REELPass here. Opening, Mid-Fest, and Boston Closing Night events excluded.
What happens if it’s too late to get tickets online?
Online tickets sales close 24 hours before the screening, but tickets can be purchased in person at the venue the day of the screening. Depending on how many online tickets were still available at the time online sale was closed, the Rush Line may or may not apply.
How does the Rush Line work?
After advanced tickets sell out, tickets go on “rush.” Fifteen minutes before showtime, a large number of tickets are released to the rush line. Generally, there is a high probability of getting tickets off the rush line. The rush line starts to form one hour before the screening.
What if I forget my Pass?
We have a roster of all Friends Pass holders with us so just head over to the BJFF table and give us your name and we will give you a ticket.
We do not have a record of REELPass uses, so please be sure to have it with you.
How early should I show up to a screening?
We suggest that you arrive at least fifteen minutes before the film starts. For Rush-Line ticket sales, arrive up to one hour before the start of the screening.
Where do the films screen?
The BJFF shows films at theaters and museums throughout the Boston area and suburbs. The Festival screening schedule can be sorted by venue for your convenience.
Where can I get a screening schedule?
Are there special events during the Festival?
Many screenings are followed by panel discussions, filmmaker Q+As and other special events. You can find these events in our Festival Schedule. Please note that some events are open to members and Friends Pass holders only.
How do I get my tickets to a screening at the MFA?
All MFA tickets ordered on the BJFF website or by phone are will-call only. Tickets can be picked up in person at any MFA ticket desk on or before the day or the screening.
The Museum of Fine Arts regulations require us to close ticket sales through the BJFF website at 3pm on the Friday before a weekend screening. Tickets may still be available at www.mfa.org or at the MFA box office.
Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. Please note that a Film or Museum Admission ticket is required in order to enter the Museum; therefore, tickets cannot be held inside the Museum at the box office.
How do I donate to BJFF?
70% of our expenses are covered by donations from supporters like you! Your gift ensures that we can continue to share Jewish films and heritage with the Boston community. To make your tax-deductible gift through our website, click here.
How else can I support BJFF?
Buy a Festival Pass, come to an event, come see some films. Sign up for our newsletters and be a part of our community. And tell your friends about us!
Where can I find a source list for films that have screened at the festival?
Film source information is available on our Film Sources page.
FAQ FOR FILMMAKERS
How do I submit a film?
We have a link for film submissions through Withoutabox. Submissions for the Festival are open until Jan 1 – May 31.
What are the guidelines for film submissions?
We screen independent American and foreign films that capture the Jewish experience. We accept films of all lengths and genres: narrative, documentary, animated, experimental, etc. We ask that films have not been previously screened in Boston.
What is the criteria for selection for the annual fall Festival?
The BJFF screens international films that highlight the Jewish experience, deal with themes of Jewish culture/heritage/history, and are of interest to the Jewish community. The Festival requires a Boston premiere, Massachusetts premieres are preferred. The Festival accepts submissions of narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental works of any length.
Is the Festival a competitive event?
The annual Festival is a non-competitive event. Audience members are asked to vote on their favorite Documentary and Feature films and to vote for their favorite short film in the FreshFlix Short Film Competition.