Posted on 01/31/2020 @ 12:00 PM

Congratulations to Igor Shteyrenberg & the Miami Jewish Film Festival Team as well as Barbara Black Goldfarb & the MJFF Advisory Board for an extraordinary 23rd Festival, which concluded last week with its most successful season to date!

  • Over 100 film premieres from 25 countries
  • Education from more than 100 filmmakers, guest speakers, schoars & performers
  • A record setting 31,000 attendees
  • 40 sold-out shows

This year, MJFF was featured on the cover of the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and was featured in dedicated interview segments on WPLG Local 10, CBS Miami, and on NPR Radio. MJFF was also acknowledged as the “City’s Cultural Gem” by Culture Crusaders, a marquee online go-to-guide for Miami’s millennial generation! The Festival trailer played for an entire month on PBS and in local arthouse theaters (O Cinema, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Beach Cinematheque)

Eighty percent (80%) of the entire Festival program involved educational components that were activated to compliment Festival screenings, more than ever before. Speakers provided introductions, which added context to films, and at other times, moderated Q&A's with film guests and audiences. More than 50 international filmmakers attended the Festival this year, a record number, representing films from 15 different countries.

Furthering the Festival's commitment to enhancing film-going experiences, 10 interdisciplinary events were activated as well. From Opening Night’s surprise performance by the world’s first ever Holocaust Survivor Band, to silent films (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), to a choral performance (South Florida Jewish Chorale) to classical music (Greater Miami Youth Symphony and New World Symphony), among others, as well as three outdoor screenings at the Miami Beach Soundscape. 

The Festival Team challenged themselves by outreaching to a younger, college-age audience through offering a parallel track of screenings that were exclusively targeted to college students and young professionals. This strategy paid off handsomely with special screenings held late at night that sold out weeks in advance.

SAVE THE DATE for the 24th Annual Miami Jewish Film Festival, January 14-28, 2021



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