The 17th annual AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF), March 15 – 25, is a 10-day international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish life, global cultures, identity, history and filmmaking for everyone.

The largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and a mainstay of Seattle’s arts and cultural scene, SJFF annually draws enthusiastic film-loving fans from the Jewish and general communities. SJFF is the only film festival in the region featuring the best Israeli and Jewish-themed, international, independent and award-winning films. What makes the festival unique is the SJFF’s mission to building bridges of mutual understanding through interfaith interfaith/intergroup outreach and cross-cultural dialogue.

Founded in 1995, SJFF has grown dramatically in size and reputation into the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish cultural and arts event in the Pacific Northwest. From humble beginnings in Seattle’s 100-seat Grand Illusion Theatre to the 800-seat Cinerama Theatre today, SJFF welcomes some 8,000 attendees from across the Greater Seattle area.

Special events going on during the festival include the Opening Night Film and Tom Douglas After Party on Thursday March 15, at 6:45pm, at the Cinerama (2100 4th Avenue, Seattle). Tickets are $50 – $75, and include a red carpet experience and goodie bag! Tickets available online at

On Sunday, March 18 it’s the Matzoh Momma Sunday Brunch & Family Film at AMC Pacific Place 11 (600 Pine Street, Seattle)
The event includes brunch, Circus Kids performance and the film. Tickets are $15 – $20. Available online at

Then on Sunday, March 25 at 7:30pm it’s the Closing Night Centerpiece Film & Concert at the Siff Cinema at the Uptown
Sunday March 25, 7:30 PM, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle). Tickets are $12 – $18 and are also available at

Moviegoers during the festival will cast their ballots for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film, with winners receiving the SJFF Audience Choice Award on Closing Night. There’s also an online short film festival through

For more information about the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, click HERE.


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