19th Annual

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

February 06, 2019 to February 21, 2019

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1800 Peachtree St NW
Suite 830
Atlanta GA 30309
Phone: 404-806-9913
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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is a celebration of international and independent cinema, Atlanta’s largest film festival and the world’s premier Jewish film festival attracts nearly 40,000 filmgoers. AJFF showcases a diverse collection of outstanding narrative and documentary works that broadly explore universal themes of identity, history and culture, as well as life in the State of Israel.


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 in the 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 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 to become 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.


Christopher Holland; Kenny Blank (Executive Director); Kenny Blank (Executive Director); Shellie Schmals (Film Programming Manager)


To qualify for consideration, all submissions must have completed an electronic or paper entry form, nonrefundable entry fee and screener.

AJFF is unable to waive entry fees or provide discounts beyond those indicated.

AJFF is open to U.S. and international entries. English language or English subtitles only.

Submission materials will not be returned (unless requested and a SASE provided).

To qualify for consideration, all submissions must have some cultural or historical relevance to the Jewish experience or life in Israel.

AJFF retains sole discretion to accept or decline submissions for any reason. Submission of a film does not guarantee exhibition in the festival. The decision of the AJFF Film Selection Committee is final.

AJFF will consider all films regardless of any prior or pending commercial, theatrical or television play. However, preference is given to those entries that have not been viewed previously within the Atlanta market.

Selected film entries will be notified directly at least two months prior to festival. Declined applicants will be notified by email following the decision of the AJFF Film Selection Committee.

Industrial and instructional works are not eligible.


AJFF accepts no responsibility for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Exhibition film prints and videotapes will be handled with utmost care. However, AJFF cannot assume liability for damage to or loss of these materials.

By entering AJFF, applicants certify that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is hereby responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process.

By entering AJFF, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted.