What to Look Forward to from AJFF Year-Round


The 2017 AJFF is a wrap. So, what’s next?

AJFF is no longer a once-a-year phenomenon. For the first time ever, we’re rolling out an ambitious slate of world-class programming that you can enjoy throughout the year. So, what’s in store for the coming months?

AJFF Selects

If you couldn’t get your fill of world-class cinema at the annual film festival, the AJFF Selects series will bring more movies and filmmakers to a theater near you.

Beginning in May and spanning into early fall, we’ll host an annual series of monthly screenings. Films, dates and venues are being finalized now. Look forward to an official announcement with complete details in April.

AJFF On Campus

As part of our education outreach, we’re excited to bring the festival experience to college-age audiences, and we mean that literally. AJFF is proud to partner with the university system; beginning this coming school year, we’ll present a mini-version of the film festival at metro area college campuses.

Programmed by students, for students – with the support of faculty and university administration – AJFF On Campus will feature the same outstanding mix of international and independent films that AJFF festivalgoers enjoy each year, but geared especially for college audiences.

It’s an invaluable opportunity to once again use the power of film to educate as well as entertain. Sparking dialogue and cultural awareness, this program will touch on a range of topics today’s generation of students are focused on.


Get ready to step into a film party hosted by AJFF. Growing out of past AJFF Art Party events, our newly rebranded and reimagined Cinebash will be bigger and better than ever. So, what is Cinebash?

It celebrates film history and Jewish culture through other art mediums: interactive exhibits, pop art, sculpture, music, etc. These creative mediums take on the personality of each Cinebash theme, be it an artist, a genre, or some other aspect of Jewish film, all instead of a traditional film screening.

We’re already deep into planning for the 2017 Cinebash, so look for announcements about partner organizations, the event date, and this year’s theme, later this summer.

The Icon Award

Who will be honored next? The Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts, launched in 2016, seeks to recognize the achievements of leaders in film who have fundamentally shaped the cinematic arts. Informed by a Jewish subject or sensibility, these honorees are visionary talents.

That was certainly true of our inaugural Icon Award recipient, filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan, known for directing such classics as The Big Chill and Body Heat, and penning such blockbusters as Raiders of the Lost Art and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The second Icon Award will be awarded at a special event attended by the honoree in 2018. There will be an intimate conversation about their inspirations and influences, and the announcement of the honoree, as well as the official date and venue, will be coming in the next several months.

AJFF In Conversation

If all of these wonderful programs weren’t enough, AJFF is planning a series of public talks and panels too.

AJFF In Conversation isn’t all that different from the post-film Q&A’s that make the annual festival such a special experience. In this case, however, these will be hosted separate from a specific screening, and will focus on broad topics of interest to film lovers, film industry professionals, students and creatives, and many more. Keep an eye out for full details this summer.

What’s important about all these programs is the ways they appeal to different interests and audiences. We’ve always been driven by a mission to stir up conversations between various groups, fostering deeper understanding of each other, and ourselves.

Each of these year-round programs at AJFF will help achieve that goal. We’ll engage with new audiences that might never have experienced the annual festival before, and that’s incredibly exciting.

We can’t wait to see you, at our movies and and all the other events coming up this year.