The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film with 5 full programs. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests. As part of their benefits Underwriters of the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival at the Producer and above levels will receive two Joyce Forum Short Film Festival Passes. As part of their benefits Underwriters at the Director and lower level can “Bring a Friend” to the Joyce Forum Short Film Festival by buying one pass and getting the second pass free. Become an underwriter! See a list of all program below.

Program 1 - Saturday, October 6, 8pm

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family JCC

Program 1

The Gravedigger’s Daughter:
Shira Gabay | Israel | Hebrew | Narrative
Esther’s Sephardic father was a gravedigger who in his last will and testament left only one significant request: that one of his sons continue with his profession, but no sons said yes.

Hillel Rate | Israel | Hebrew | Narrative
An ultra-Orthodox young Jewish woman agrees to meet her long lost brother and when she finally lays eyes on him she understands that she must accept his new identity.

Ten Bell Tolls:
Eli Rezik | Israel | Hebrew, Arabic | Narrative
A 10-year-old orphan living with his grandparents must face the bitterness of life while dealing with his troubled grandmother and the people trying to separate them from each other.

Home Made:
Shira Meishar | Israel | Hebrew | Narrative
Helena is about to end another dreary day in the restaurant and return home to celebrate her fiftieth birthday with her husband when a stranger enters, orders a meal and changes her life.

Sabrine Khoury | Israel | Hebrew, Arabic | Narrative
An Arab Palestinian salsa dancer is in relationship with a Jewish dancer realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she will always be “the other”.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; Festival Pass: $60

Program 2 - Sunday October 7, 10:30am

David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family JCC

Program 2

I Heart NY:
Andre Andreev | USA | English | Documentary
I HEART NY is a short film about Milton Glaser——the creator of the iconic I Heart NY symbol

Nadav Arbel | Israel | Hebrew/English | Animated, Narrative
An animation In 1950 Tel Aviv, when a mother and her son receive a telegram with an invitation for a phone call from America. and the prospects of the call spark hope for a better life in the mother’s heart.

Iom Romi:
Valerio Ciriaci | Italy | Italian | Documentary
A historical portrait of life within the Jewish community in Rome, filmed in the notable Ghetto quarter over the course of a long summer day.

Lynn Laor | Israel | Hebrew | Narrative
While Tel Aviv comes under missile attack, Shira’s pregnancy test comes up positive and she deliberates what to do.

Egg Cream:
Peter Miller | USA | English | Documentary
A short meditation on the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born in Jewish immigrant neighborhoods at the turn of the 20th century

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; Festival Pass: $60

Program 3 - October 7 at 1:30pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
Program 2

Program 3 Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1:30pm:

The Departure:
Milan Barth | Germany | German | Narrative
A woman is preparing her flat for departure. When she realizes she does not have enough money for the train she asks her german neighbour for help.

A Thousand Kisses:
Richard Goldgewicht | USA | English | Animated, Narrative
Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil

Pearl Gluck | USA | English | Narrative
Two teenage girls in a Hasidic sleep-a-way camp who, despite their every effort to maintain their purity, explore a forbidden book which leads them to a sexual awakening neither of them are prepared to encounter.

Michel Platnic | France, Israel | English | Animated, Experimental
Genesis draws inspiration from the biblical world creation narrative.

The Caregiver:
Ruthy Pribar | Israel | English, Gujarati, Hebrew | Narrative
Following a short trip to visit his family back in India, Raj returns to Israel and his work as caregiver to an elderly man, only to be greeted by a Filipino woman who seems to have taken over his job.

Yael Arad Zafrir | Israel | French, Hebrew | Narrative
Ruchama, an elderly devoted wife, tries to maintain a normal life for her and her paralyzed husband in Tel Aviv.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; Festival Pass: $60

Program 4 - October 7 at 4:30pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
Program 2

Program 4 Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4:30pm: Witnesses
Konstantin Fam | Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Israel | 2018 | 100 min | Russian, Yiddish| Narrative

The film unfolds during 30-40s of last century and follows the story of a pair of women’s shoes, from a store’s window to the common grave at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

War and racist laws separate a German shepherd Brutus from his beloved owner, as he is taken from an animal shelter to a concentration camp to be a ruthless watchdog.

This film forms around a unique musical instrument and its incredible journey, that involved witnessing all the horrors of the war.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; Festival Pass: $60

Program 5 - October 7 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
Program 2

Program 5 Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7:30pm:

The Driver is Red:
Randall Christopher | USA | English |Animation, Documentary
Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

Assaf Machnes | Israel | Hebrew, English | Narrative
Shai used to be a tough commander and Kedem used to be his tormented rookie. Things change.

Open Your Eyes:
Ilay Mevorach | Israel | Arabic, Hebrew | Narrative
Ilana perceives herself as a liberal woman but there is no chance that an Arab doctor will give her a shot in the eye.

Travelogue Tel Aviv:
Samuel Patthey | Switzerland | Animation, Documentary, Experimental
A young art student from Switzerland arrives for six months in Tel Aviv. Through drawing he will learn to analyse, understand and free himself to this contrasted environnement.

The Red House:
Tamar Tal Anati | Israel | Hebrew | Documentary, Animation
This beautifully animated documentary voices the tails of The Red House, an extraordinary building, like no other in the Tel Aviv landscape.

Wendy’s Shabbat Teaser:
Rachel Myers | USA | 2017| English | Teaser
The short documentary film is about a group of Jewish Senior citizens who celebrate the weekly Sabbath (Shabbat) at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; Festival Pass: $60

Brews & Views

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7pm
White Labs
9495 Candida Street, San Diego, CA
Back by popular demand, Brews and Views combines two of your favorite things – local craft beer and innovating short films. Join the SDJFF for an evening of short films, craft beers, and a good time with new and old friends. First 30 people to arrive will receive a FREE drink ticket.
General Admission
Price: $15.25; JCC Member: $13.25