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Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

April 7-17, 2016


The 16th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen 10-12 contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. Festival home from April 7-17, 2016 is Angelika Film Center and Café at Mosaic. 

The festival schedule will be announced in February 2016.  

NVJFF Presenting Partner

Winter/Spring 2016 Films & Related Programs

The Art of Jewish Food event
Marrying An Ice Cream Factory
NEW DATE: Thursday, February 11, 1pm
Documentary | Israel 2015 | 72 min | Hebrew with English subtitles
Velvel, Ranni’s father, was a poor orphan, who married Raya Strauss and began working in the family-owned factory (which started as a small dairy farm and became one of the biggest food conglomerates in Israel). They divorced when Ranni was 10, and for him, his father remained this strict meticulous withdrawn man who tore the family apart. 8mm reels discovered after his death arouse questiones that lead Ranni to embark on a personal journey between his parents’ very different worlds, in an attempt to better understand his father and the complexities of family loyalty, trying to overcome years of alienation. Looking at his family from behind the camera, he is reshaping his memories.
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Past Programs

A J Performing Arts Series/Blue Like Me event
Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
Saturday, October 24
With guests Siona Benjamin, Ryan Arey and Ori Soltes

It’s All About Friends
Sunday, November 8
Hosted by Beth El Hebrew Congregation Inclusion Committee. In partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV

Judy Berlin
Tuesday, November 10

A special showing of Madeline Kahn’s last film prior to a talk by William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life.

Above and Beyond
Thursday, November 12
In partnership with Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, the J’s Adult Services Department and Project Welcome Home. Program with Bruce Lichtman, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, son of Gideon Lichtman, a volunteer pilot for Israel. 

The Sturgeon Queens
Sunday, November 29
A JCCNV Adult Services Department Event, in partnership with Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival. Guest Speaker: Julie Cohen, Director & Producer

Friday, December 25

A J Fest Event in partnership with the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival


Film submissions for the April 2016 festival have closed.
Film submissions for spring 2016 festival started June 1, 2015 and end October 31, 2015. All films are considered that have at least 50% or more Jewish content or are Israeli-made. Films must be recent (2014, 2015, 2016).

Please send email to Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director (and Film Fest Director), with the following information:

- Title
- Country of origin, year of release, running time, languages/subtitles
- Brief description of film (100-120 words)
- Link to film website
- Please note if film will have (or has had) a theatrical run, will have (or has had) a PBS showing, will have (or has had) screenings in the DC Metro region prior to April 7, 2016
- Vimeo link and password (must have permission to view for 30-60 days). Film will be previewed by 8-14 committee members.
- Submitter's contact information

Our committee will make a decision about our schedule in mid-December 2015, and will finalize all contracts by mid-January 2016. We only screen 10-12 films annually, and we rarely screen shorts.

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