2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Filed in Events by on January 29, 2016

2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Now in it’s 16th year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) will be held from January 26 to Februay 17, 2016. The AJFF is held throughout metro Atlanta in some unique venues that add to the excitement of the event.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is a showcase of international cinema that broadly explores themes of identity, history and culture. The annual festival was founded year 2000 by the Atlanta Regional Office of American Jewish Committee (AJC), a global advocacy organization that enhances the wellbeing of the Jewish people and Israel through education, outreach and diplomacy. Through the power and shared experience of cinematic storytelling, AJC and AJFF foster stronger bonds within the Jewish community, and intergroup relations with Atlanta’s diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities.

The 2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will screen 57 films in total. Click here to check out the roster of films and schedule. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone or at the box office.

To purchase online, Select from a complete list of films that includes additional details, guest speaker information, trailers, and sold out status. Tickets and additional information are available by calling the AJFF Box Office directly at 678-701-6104. A service fee of $2.50 per order applies to phone orders. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater venues during festival hours only. The AJFF Box Office will open one hour prior to the first screening of the day, and will close 30 minutes after the last film of the day begins.

The 2016 AJFF will take place at a host of locations across the metro Atlanta area: eight venues in all. Intown audiences will be served by four theaters – UA Tara Cinemas near Lindbergh, Regal Atlantic Station in Atlantic Station, the Woodruff Arts Center (for Closing Night in beautiful Symphony Hall), and new this year, SCADshow. The former 14th Street Playhouse has been renovated by the talented designers at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, and we’re excited to show off AJFF in such a stunning location. The latter two locations are in Midtown Atlanta.

Lefont Theater will continue to anchor the festival in Sandy Springs, with Regal Avalon helping to serve North Metro communities, and GTC Merchants Walk in East Cobb. Of course, the Opening Night celebration will take place once again at the gleaming, modern facilities of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, located at I-75 and I-285 in the Smyrna area.

The inaugural edition of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival welcomed some 1,900+ filmgoers. That number grew to more than 7,500 by 2006, the same year that AJFF received a prestigious grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The following year, AJFF began an aggressive expansion of dates and venues, seating some 15,000 by 2008.

In 2010, AJFF celebrated its tenth birthday with a concert of iconic Jewish film scores, presented in partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Turner Classic Movies. Attendance reached 20,000 by the end of the first decade, and continued growing to over 30,000 moviegoers in the years that followed. By this time, AJFF was exhibiting some 70 narrative and documentary features and shorts, running for 23 days across a half dozen venues throughout metro Atlanta.

Already Atlanta’s single largest film festival, AJFF made history in 2015 by becoming the largest Jewish film festival in the world, attracting more than 38,600 moviegoers. Today, AJFF is an independent non-profit arts organization that continues an active partnership with its founding agency, American Jewish Committee.


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