Thank You!

Dear Film Festival Fans and Friends,

It's a wrap. Thank you for attending the 29th Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival.  Without you, there's no film festival, so we most certainly couldn't do it without you. We hope you enjoyed it and will be back for the next one. Please SAVE THE DATE FOR the 30th Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival | February 13 -23, 2020.

Whether you joined us for the first time or are a longtime supporter of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC), your feedback is important. If you haven't already done so, please take a few moments to complete this online survey about your experience. Note that your answers are confidential and are not connected to your name. Upon completion of this survey, you will be entered to win two passes to next year's Film Festival. Completed surveys must be submitted by Friday, March 1st to be eligible for the drawing.

 - San Diego International Jewish Film Festival 

 

Jurors’ Awards for the 2019 Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival

Best Animated Short: Lost and Found, Ofer Winter and Shimon Engel

Best Short Documentary: Beneath the Ink, Cy Dodson

Best Short Narrative: How to Swim, Noa Gusakov

Best Short Director: Terror, Yonatan Shehoah

Special Jurors’ Award: Nazi VR, David Freid

 

2019 San Diego International Jewish Film Festival Audience Choice Winners


Audience Choice Award: Narrative Feature

1. Across the Waters, Directed by Nicolo Donato  
2. The Cakemaker, Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
3. Simon & Théodore, Directed by Mikael Buch 

Audience Choice Award: Documentary Feature

1. Far From the Tree, Directed by Rachel Dretzin
2. Who Will Write Our History, Directed by Roberta Grossman
3. Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, Directed by Barry Avrich

 

 


San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Ask Dr. Ruth

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 11:00 am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Ruth Westheimer, a 4’7” powerhouse, burst on the scene in the 1980’s and changed popular culture with her straight talk about sex. Her national radio and TV shows have been broadcast for decades, and Dr Ruth, now 91, shows no signs of slowing down. Chronicling her incredible life from Holocaust survivor to America’s most famous sex therapist, this documentary tells her tale of resilience, triumph and the power of positive thinking.

Ask Dr. Ruth(FULL TRAILER)

Calgary Underground Film Festival 2019 – Winner, Audience Award Best Documentary Feature

Director Ryan White

Documentary, American Stories, Biography, Women’s Issues | USA | 2019 | 100 mins | English

Tickets: Free. Please reserve your seat by registering here or at Guest Services.

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30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Ask Dr. Ruth
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San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Crossroads

Friday, April 24, 2020 | 11:00 am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

When an underfunded charter school for at-risk teens receives a gift of lacrosse equipment, they are determined to put it to use— despite their students’ lack of experience and enthusiasm. The seemingly impossible task of forming a team is tackled by Bob Selkin, a local Jewish ophthalmologist, who volunteers to coach these young men. Selkin leads the team not only to athletic success, but to personal and academic successes as well. Emmy Award-winning director Ron Yassen tells the inspiring story of perseverance and the transformative power of sports on players and their mentors.

Director Ron Yassen

Documentary, American Stories, Sports | USA | 2018 | 77 mins | English | San Diego Premiere

Tickets: Free. Please reserve your seat by registering here or at Guest Services.

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Crossroads
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San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Let Me Go

Friday, May 22, 2020 | 11:00 am
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Four generations of women confront a terrible family secret when Traudi, the mother who abandoned her young daughter, Helga, in 1941, is close to death. Helga’s visit to her mother decades later with her own granddaughter, Emily, leads to shocking revelations that each woman has to come to terms with. Based on a true story and book by Helga Schneider. Contains Holocaust material.

Let Me Go(FULL TRAILER)

Director Polly Steele

Drama, History and War| UK, Austria | 2017 | 101 mins | German, English | San Diego Premiere

Tickets: Free. Please reserve your seat by registering here or at Guest Services.

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30th Anniversary Spring Film Series:
Let Me Go
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