Save the Dates: March 9-15, 2018!

 2018 Festival Committee:

 Eileen Angelini
Marsha Ashton
Patricia Bossert
Joseph Enis
Joan Forman
Marlene Katzel
Helen Kierstead
Michael Kozower
Arlyne Lepie
Richard Lepie
Karla Madrid
Mike Silverman
Rebecca Silverman
David Williams
Lynne Williams
Karen Wiseman
Mary Lou Wyrobek
And many more community volunteers

Welcome BIJFF 2018


One of the most important elements of Judaism celebrated in film by the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival, now in its 33rd season, is diversity. Jewish stories and culture appear in the most unlikely places. In the coming edition, the Festival endeavors to take viewers to a place not visited before - India. And not once, but twice!

India provides the backdrop for two extraordinary documentaries. Israeli filmmaker Jonatan Nir’s My Hero Brother is a heartwarming adventure which shows how a group of young adults strengthen family bonds with their Down syndrome siblings by hiking together in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Australian director Danny Ben Moshe reveals the surprising connection between Bombay’s best known worldwide industry and one of India’s tiniest minority, the Jewish community, in Shalom Bollywood.

Additionally, the Festival features films produced in Denmark and Hungary, with others partially-produced in Sweden, Poland, and Austria. One of the Israeli feature films marks the directorial debut of Natalie Portman, which she also stars in, while a film from the United States is made entirely in Yiddish!

As always, the Festival promises high-quality, seldom seen, but universally acclaimed films. Come and see for yourself this cornucopia of entertainment.

2018 Festival Staff:

Michael Silverman | Chair
Jordana Halpern | JCC Cultural Arts
Katie Wzontek | JCC Cultural Arts
Laura LaTona | Webdesigner/Webmaster

Mission Statement:

The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival is dedicated to providing an educational and entertaining cultural experience for the general community of Western New York. Through the power of exceptional world-class cinema, the festival aspires to convey the diversity of Jewish experience while recognizing the commonality of Jewish values.

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