The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
The 2019 AJFF might not be until February, but with the deadline to submit on Aug. 17, it’s worth nothing the tireless team working behind the scenes throughout the year to ensure the annual monthlong festival maintains a certain caliber that has developed since the first fest in 2000. Today, the AJFF is also working to bring together more film fans, in and out of theaters—particularly since becoming an independent nonprofit in 2014.
“My first connection with AJFF was as a volunteer, chairing a selection committee responsible for picking films for the annual festival,” said AJFF’s Executive Director Kenny Blank. “I was struck by the potential to grow the festival into a community-wide celebration of the film arts and culture, with resonance for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences alike.”
Earlier this summer, the AJFF hosted its first Cinebash, an evening celebrating the world of film and its unsung artists. Coming up this fall, is the second edition of AJFF On Campus, a mini version of the festival aimed at students. Also, Blank said to watch out for the Selects series— screenings of new international and independent films— as well as AJFF Connects, exploring the intersection of Jewish and nonJewish lives. “AJFF has always stayed true to its mission to engage, educate and entertain diverse communities through a uniquely cinematic and Jewish lens, fostering new levels of social and cultural understanding,” Blank said.