The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) has announced the full lineup of films for the 29th Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF), running March 2-17. The festival offers in-person and virtual programs, community connections and conversations, and special events featuring food, music and visiting guests. Passes, ticket packs and individual tickets are on sale at SeattleJFF.org.
“SJFF offers films and experiences that amplify profound connections to Jewish life for everyone,” says Pamela Lavitt, director of SJCC Arts + Ideas and Festivals. “Cinema can deepen comprehension, inspire conversations, and strengthen community. We are thrilled to feature more in-person film screenings and events this year, 19 total over two full weeks, including our first Red Carpet Oscars Party.”
SJFF features 18 film programs from around the world, including Hungary, India, Poland, Israel, Italy and more. In-person screenings take place at AMC Pacific Place, the SJCC and the annual short film program at University of Washington (free for students) and in Walla Walla. Virtual screenings will be released each Monday of the festival (March 4 and 11). All virtual screenings have a 48-hour viewing window once the film is started, and expire on March 17. Many films screen in person only, and select films are only available virtually.
New this year is the SJFF Red Carpet Oscars Party at 3 p.m. on March 10. Watch the stars arrive and walk the red carpet, then experience the 96th Annual Academy Awards ceremony on the big screen in the SJCC’s theater. Fill out your Oscar ballot and win prizes, enjoy appetizers, a gourmet popcorn bar and celebrate a year of cinema.
Close out the film festival at 4 p.m. on March 17 at the SJCC with a unique screening experience of the silent film “Man Without a World” accompanied by a live original score, composed and performed by world-renowned klezmer violinist (and founder of The Klezmatics) Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin. A champagne toast and dessert reception follow the screening.