The following list are answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us directly.
Does the BJFF have programs other than the annual fall Festival?
Yes! The BJFF hosts previews and special screenings of Jewish and Israeli films throughout the year. We also host a summer encore series in July and August, which screens all the hits from the November Festival.
The BJFF is also home to ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival an annual spring film festival that is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different abilities.
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 do I obtain a film to show at an upcoming event at my synagogue, temple, or organization?
Please locate the film through on our Film Source Database and contact the appropriate film distributor.
Fall Festival Screenings & Events:
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 Greater Boston area. The Festival screening schedule can be sorted by venue for your convenience.
Where can I get a screening schedule?
You can find the schedule here on our website in October.
Are there special events during the Festival?
Many screenings are followed by panel discussions, filmmaker Q+A’s 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.
Tickets & Passes:
How do I purchase tickets for the Festival?
Please note: Tickets are not available at the BJFF office.
The easiest way to purchase tickets is through our website. Online purchasing closes at midnight the night before a screening.
Phone: Tickets can be ordered via phone at 888.615.3332 (Mon. – Sat. 7am – 10pm, Sun 7am – 8pm). Phone purchases close at 3pm the day before a screening. There is an additional fee for tickets purchased over the phone.
In Person: Tickets are available at all locations one hour before screening time. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at: Arlington Capitol Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Maynard Fine Arts Theatre Place, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Each venue sells for its location only, and there is no processing fee.
Are there discounted tickets?
Discounted tickets are available for seniors (65+), students, and members of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Coolidge Corner Theatre, the Museum of Fine Arts, and WGBH.
Group sales are available for groups of 10+. Group ticket tickets can be ordered on our website, by email at info [@] bjff.org, or by phone at 617.244.9899.
Discount tickets and group sales are not available for Opening, MidFest, Spotlight, and Closing events.
What is a Friends Pass?
Friends Pass holders are granted admission to every film, party, and special event. 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, MidFest, Spotlight, and Closing events excluded.
How does the Rush Line work?
If tickets are no longer available online or at the box office, tickets will go on “rush.” The line starts to form one hour before the screening. Additional tickets are then released to the rush line fifteen minutes before showtime. While we can’t make any guarantees, people in the rush line have a very high probability of getting tickets.
What are the guidelines for film submissions?
We screen American and foreign films that capture the Jewish experience. We accept films of all lengths and genres: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, etc. We ask that films be a Massachusetts premiere, and are not available on television or VOD.
Is the Festival a competitive event?
The annual Festival is a non-competitive event. After each screening, audience members are asked to vote on their favorite Documentary, Feature, or favorite short film in the FreshFlix Short Film Competition for our Audience Award. The winning films are announced on our website and on social media after Thanksgiving.