Lights, Camera, Culture! Jewish Film Fest Turns 34

The 34th Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival (SDIJFF) runs in-person from January 31 through February 11, 2024, and continues virtually from February 11 to 18.

The SDIJFF showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish films. Thirty-four feature films and 28 short films will be screened and there will be plenty of free in-person-only screenings at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in UTC.

Film enthusiasts can attend in-person screenings at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, while virtual film screenings are available on demand beginning on February 11 and will remain available through February 18. Limited, free in-person screenings will also be available.

The Underwriter-exclusive screening of “Kidnapped,” by legendary Italian director Marco Bellocchio, will be at 7 PM on Wednesday, January 31.  It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

This festival is known to be one of the most prestigious Jewish film festivals in the country. Tickets are $18 per program and $15 for JCC members.

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival 2024 Highlights

All the films that will be screened at the festival were carefully selected to represent the Jewish experience, including highlights such as:

“Bella!”
Brash, energetic, and dedicated to real democracy, “Bella Abzug came to the US House with a sledgehammer” and became the voice of women the world over.

International Jewish Film Festival

“Left Alone Rhapsody – The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless” | Opening night film
With a special performance by film subject and pianist John Bayless. Experience the life and career of the incomparable pianist John Bayless, who faced a tremendous challenge at age 38 and returned to the concert stage.

Left Alone Rhapsody – The Musical Memoir of Pianist John Bayless

“Remembering Gene Wilder”
With guest speaker, co-director, and writer Glenn Kirschbaum. This is a joyous romp through Wilder’s career, including many memorable film clips and interviews exploring his background, relationships, and contribution to cinema.

Remembering Gene Wilder

“The Catskills” | Centerpiece film
Remember Grossingers, the Concord, golf, smorgasbords, entertainment, and laughs? Revisit the history of this storied summer mountain getaway for vacationing Jewish families.

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

“The Monkey House”
Avi Nesher, award-winning Israeli director’s new film! A once-successful novelist tries to revive his fading career by hiring an actress to play the part of a Masters literature student studying his work. A variety of twists and turns ensue. 2023 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars); 11 nominations.

The Film Selection Committee

This year’s 2024 Film Selection Committee includes Christina Fink as Chair, Joyce Axelrod as Founding Chair, Francine Ginsburg and Helen Fleming as Past Chairs, as well as Herb Adelman, Judith Friedel, Michele Kipnis, Leslie Oster, Saundra Saperstein, Sarah Scott, Sandra Silverstein, Sandy Sherman, and Sheryl Nissen.

See you there!

Tickets are on sale now. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit here.

See you there, San Diego!

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Event Details
  • Start Date
    January 31, 2024 7:00 pm
  • End Date
    February 11, 2024 12:30 pm
  • Status
    All done
  • Location
  • Venue
    • David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
  • Address
    Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Tickets
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