2015 Film Festival Committee:
Michael Silverman- Chair
Jordana Halpern – JCC Cultural Arts Director
Katie Wzontek – JCC Cultural Arts Assistant
Troy Frymire – Designer
Laura La Tona - Webmaster

Marsha Ashton, Micaela Ben Abraham, Patricia Bossert, Joseph Enis, Joan Forman, Marlene Katzel, Marty Kerker, Helen Kierstead, Arlyne Lepie, Richard Lepie, Karla Madrid, Rebecca Silverman, David Williams, Lynne Williams, Karen Wiseman, Marci Wiseman, and volunteers

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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Welcome
Thirty years! What a milestone! The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival - the third oldest annual festival of its kind in North America, - has been bringing world-class Jewish-themed cinema to the Western New York community for three decades. Such continuous success has been due to many factors: the backing of our primary sponsor, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo; the dedication of both paid staff and many volunteers; the support of local donors, advertisers, and sponsors; and above all, the enthusiastic patronage of our audiences.

It is with great pride and a sense of accomplishment that this year’s Festival Committee brings you another superb line-up of international films, none of which have been shown publicly in the Buffalo area. In past years, films from 27 different countries have been screened here, and this year we are pleased to add South Africa and Venezuela to that list. The current offerings include intriguing, little known accounts of individual courage and survival, as well as fascinating historical narratives, stories of self-discovery, and reflections on current events and attitudes. There is truly something of interest for everyone.

Want excitement? See the back story of how Israel’s ragtag air force helped bring victory in the nascent nation’s 1948 battle for existence in “Above And Beyond”. Marvel at how an extraordinary Jewish couple sneaked into Nazi Germany in the late 1930’s, and succeeded in rescuing “50 Children”. In the suspenseful “God’s Slave”, an implacable Mossad agent tracks a potential suicide bomber in South America. Share the incredible real-life experiences of a young boy who outwits Nazi pursuers for two years in “Run, Boy, Run”. And, in a story out of recent headlines, witness the terror of a French-Jewish youth who is kidnapped by Anti-Semites in “24 Days”.

Additionally, the Festival Committee invites all to attend a special 30th Anniversary Celebration which will take place in the beautiful new cabaret space at MusicalFare Theatre on the Daemen College campus, Thursday, May 21. Of course, there will be a Closing Gala as well, Sunday, June 7 at the Benderson JCC, featuring our closing film, a delicious buffet and a chance to celebrate 30 years of enjoying fine film in our community.

Come and celebrate this glorious festival event. See you at the movies!

Gusto: Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival celebrates 30 years