A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC

A still from “Crescendo,” one of the movies screening at the festival. Photo by Oliver Oppitz, courtesy of the SJCC

Seattle Jewish Film Festival goes virtual for its silver anniversary

The event was to take place earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Seattle Jewish Film Festival is going virtual on its silver anniversary, the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) has announced.

The event was initially scheduled for earlier this year. But in accordance with state health guidelines, the festival was postponed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns.

After some retooling, the event will now be happening exclusively online from June 16 through July 2. The festival is part of the SJCC’s Arts + Ideas program, and in the course of 25 years has held screenings of over 600 films oriented around the global Jewish and Israel experience.

“The Seattle Jewish Film Festival has evolved to reflect on, meet and even foreshadow the ever-changing dimensions of Jewish and Israeli life and culture,” said SJCC CEO Amy Lavin in a press release. “The mosaic of film genres, geographic contributions and time periods impels viewers to think about the intersection of history, the present and the future with the threads that tie Jewish life and culture around the world.”

Despite the change in format, the revamped festival will still feature the majority of the originally planned films, guests, shows, conversations and more.

Each movie has a screening window of 48 hours. Single film prices go from $12-25 while a full-access pass ranges from $200-225. Discounts for seniors 65 and over, students, current SJCC members and youths are available.

To see the full virtual lineup, go to seattlejewishfilmfestival.org. More streaming questions can be answered at https://seattlejewishfilmfestival.org/festival/sjff-2020-streaming-faqs.




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