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, 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.
The Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival promotes understanding of the diversity within Jewish life and culture. Through film’s broad appeal and educational programming, our goal is to create opportunities for dialogue within the greater Northern Virginia community by sharing our varied Jewish journeys.
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 toa whole new level. We are very excited about this new partnership.”
For information about the 13th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, to be held in the spring of 2013, please contact Dan Kirsch, JCCNV Cultural Arts Director at DanK@jccnv.org or 703.537.3075.
To view a list of films shown at the 2012 Film Festival, please click here.