Film Festival Archive
The Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival began with a dream of bringing Jewish film to Northern Virginia. Our founding chairperson, Aliza Kolker, had always hoped that the Center would present its own film festival for our community. She and Roz Engels, former JCCNV director of adult services, worked tirelessly with a small group of volunteers to begin raising funds, previewing films and planning programs. The first film festival took place in March, 2001 at the Cinema Arts Theater in Fairfax featuring seven films in seven days.
Sadly, Aliza passed away in 2003, but the film festival she cultivated lives on. Its programming has become more robust, the number of venues and sponsors continues to grow and more than 2,000 community members come each year to view the varied roster of films from around the world.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic to host Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival
July 30, 2012
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) and Angelika Film Center Mosaic/Angelika Film Center & Café today announced that the new state-of-the-art boutique cinema, opening this fall in Fairfax, Virginia, will become home to the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival beginning spring 2013. “Angelika offered us a remarkable opportunity to be part of a new center of cultural and entertainment activity in our region,” said Jeff Dannick, Executive Director of the JCCNV. “In addition to providing a beautiful, centrally-located venue for our film festival, the partnership with Angelika will enable us to leverage their expertise, insights and relationships within the art film world, which will bring the quality of our Film Festival to a whole new level. We are very excited about this new partnership.”
13th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival
April 18-April 28, 2013
The 13th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), presented 13 films over 11 days from all over the world including the United States, Israel, and Europe. The festival presented 24 showings during the festival, at the new state-of-the-art boutique cinema Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic in Fairfax. Opening Night was held at the JCCNV.
- A Bottle in the Gaza Sea - Director: Thierry Binisti (99 minutes, France/Canada/Israel, 2011)/ Hebrew, Arabic, French with English subtitles/ Drama
- American Tail - Director: Don Bluth (80 minutes, USA, 1986)/ English/ Family
- Dorfman in Love - Director: Brad Leong; Writer: Wendy Kout (97 minutes, USA, 2011)/ English/ Romantic Comedy
- Hava Nagila (The Movie) - Director: Roberta Grossman (73 minutes, USA, 2012)/ English/ Documentary
- Hitler’s Children - Director: Chanoch Ze’evi (80 minutes, Israel/Germany, 2012)/ German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles/ Documentary
- Kaddish for a Friend - Director: Leo Khasin (94 minutes, Germany, 2011)/ German and Arabic with English subtitles/ Drama
- Kinderblock 66 - Director: Rob Cohen (90 minutes, USA, 2012)/ English, German, Hebrew, French and Czech with English subtitles/ Documentary
- Koch - Director: Neil Barskya (95 minutes, USA, 2012)/ English/ Documentary
- Let My People Go! - Director: Mikael Buch (88 minutes, France, 2012)/ French with English Subtitles/ French Farce
- Life in Stills - Director: Tamar Tal (60 minutes, Israel, 2011)/ Hebrew and German with English subtitles/ Documentary. winner of the 2012 Ophir (Israeli Academy Award®) for Best Documentary
- Orchestra of Exiles - Director: Josh Aronson (85 minutes, USA, 2012)/ English/ Documentary
- Portrait of Wally - Director: Andrew Shea (90 minutes, USA, 2012)/ English/ Documentary
- The World Is Funny - Director: Shemi Zarhin (122 minutes, Israel, 2012)/ Hebrew with English subtitles/ Drama. Earned a record-setting 15 Ophir nominations (the Israeli Academy Awards®)
Sponsors: 13th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival Presenting Partner: Angelika Film Center & Café. Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel, Israel in DC, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Screening sponsors: Tanya & Steve Bodzin, Anita & Steve Dienstfrey, Bernice & Sam Eisen, Lorraine Fischer & Marc Kremer, Laura E. Fox, MSN, RN; Fox Associates, LLC, Dara & Joshua Greene, Janet & Murray Horwitz, Richard Oppenheim, Atlantic Settlement Group, LLC, BJ & Allon Shiff, Roland Vaughan, The Virginian, A Continuing Care Retirement Community, Judie & Norm Weiss. Synagogue Sponsors: Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Congregation Adat Reyim, Congregation Olam Tikvah, Fort Belvoir Jewish Congregation, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Temple B’nai Shalom, Temple Rodef Shalom. Directors: Anonymous, Roz Engels, Ruth Ungerleider. Patrons: Gloria Brissman, Polly Craighill, Bobbie Ebert, Reva Fox & Don Sargent, Marilyn Levine, Enid & Jerry Liess, Michelle & David Pearlstein, Ingrid & Zvi Schoenburg, Anita Turk, Jarla & Bill Ulman. Preview Night Partners: Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Congregation Adat Reyim, Congregation Olam Tikvah, GMU Hillel, Temple B’nai Shalom
12th Annual JCCNV Jewish Film Festival
March 18–27, 2012
The 12th Annual NoVA International Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) presented 13 films over 10 days from all over the world including the United States, Israel, Europe and South America. The festival presented 35 showings during the festival, at Rave Fairfax Corner 14 in Fairfax, the Artisphere in Arlington and the closing night at the JCCNV.
- Ahead of Time - United States/2009/English/90 Minutes/Director: Robert Richman/Documentary. Awards: Miami, Denver and Palm Beach Film Festivals, Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival.
- Connected - United States/2011/ English/97 Minutes/Director: Tiffany Shain/Documentary.
- David - United States/2011/English/80 Minutes/Director: Joel Fendelman/Drama. Awards: Ecumenical Prize, Montreal World Film Festival, 2011 Audience Award, Brooklyn Film Festival, 2011.
- Dolphin Boy - Israel/2011/Arabic-French-Hebrew with English subtitles/72 Minutes/Director: Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir/Documentary.
Ha Hov (The Debt) - Israel/2007/Hebrew with English subtitles/120 Minutes/Director: Assaf Bernstein/Thriller.
- Melting Away - Israel/2011/Hebrew with English subtitles/82 Minutes/Director: Doron Eran/Drama. Awards: Israel Film Festival, 2011, International LGBT Film Festival, 2011, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Canada, 2011.
- My Australia - Israel/Poland/2011/English and Polish with English subtitles/100 Minutes/Director: Ami Drozd/Drama.
- Nicky’s Family - Czech Republic/2011/English/100 Minutes/Director: Matej Minae/Documentary. Awards: Best Documentary, Montreal World Film Festival, Special Award Jerusalem Film Festival.
- Remembrance - Germany and Poland/2011/ US/ English, German and Polish with English subtitles/105 Minutes/Director: Anna Justice/Romantic Drama. Awards: Audience Award, San Francisco Film Festival.
- Reuniting the Rubins - United Kingdom/2011/English/97 Minutes/Director: Yoav Factor/Comedy-Family-Drama.
- Suzie Gold - England/2004/English/94 Minutes/Director: Richard Cantor/Comedy.
- Trembling Before God - Israel/United States/2001/English/Hebrew/Yiddish/84 Minutes/Director: Sandi SimchaDubowski/Documentary. Award: Best Documentary, Berlin Film Festival.
- The Wave - German/2008/German with English subtitles/107 Minutes/Director: Dennis Gansel/Dramatic thriller. Awards: German, Melbourne Istanbul and Seattle Film Festivals.
Sponsors: 12th Annual NoVA International Jewish Film Festival is co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, the Embassy of Israel, Israel in DC, the Embassy of the Republic of Germany, The Embassy of Poland and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. And the following synagogues and organizations: Agudas Achim Congregation, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Congregation Adat Reyim, Congregation Olam Tikvah, Ft. Belvoir Jewish Congregation, Gesher Jewish Day School, Hadassah, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Bemple B’nai Shalom, Temple Rodef Shalom.