The At­lanta Jewish Film Fes­ti­val

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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.

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