DocAviv Festival

Docaviv NPO acts at the heart of one of the most innovative, vital, and surprising creative arenas – that of documentary filmmaking. Our vision is to provide unique platforms throughout Israel for screening documentaries, exposing new audiences to the genre and to films that re-examine and expand its boundaries.

Docaviv – the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival is the largest film festival in the city of Tel Aviv, and the only festival in Israel dedicated exclusively to documentary films. It is among the world’s leading documentary festivals, with over 130 new local and international documentaries screened each year. The program includes several competitions: The Israeli Competition, the International Competition, the Depth of Field Competition, the Shorts Competition, and the Student Competition. The Festival also features a special tribute program dedicated to the work of esteemed filmmakers, as well as themed programs dedicated to music, art, social issues, virtual reality and new technologies, and other curated programs.

As a festival that aims to encourage the creation and distribution of influential, moving and powerful films, Docaviv hosts a range of multi-faceted workshops and meetings with the world’s leading documentary filmmakers, including Michel Gondry, Alan Berliner, Ondi Timoner, Brett Morgen, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Claire Simon, João Moreira Salles, Ruth Beckermann, Kazuo Hara and others. The Festival also holds several industry events, including one-on-one meetings between Israeli filmmakers and international decision makers, and DOC-LAB-TLV, a rough-cut lab with international mentors.

In 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences listed Docaviv as one of the leading festivals whose winners automatically qualify for Oscar consideration. From this year on, the winners of the Israeli, International and Short film competitions at Docaviv will be eligible to compete for an Oscar in the documentary category.

Each year, Docaviv awards Israel’s largest prize for an original Israeli documentary production, alongside other prizes for Israeli and international films, and outstanding student films. Prizes are also awarded to the winners of Docaviv’s annual student pitching competition and the documentary competition for high school students. Furthermore, the NPO is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young documentary filmmakers through various projects, such as DocuYoung, a hands-on documentary workshop for teenagers. The resulting films are screened each year at the Festival.

Throughout the Festival’s ten days, the celebration of documentary cinema takes place at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and other venues throughout the city. In order to expose as wide an audience as possible to documentary works, the NPO also organizes two regional festivals: Docaviv Galilee, held in Ma’alot Tarshiha, and Docaviv Negev, held in Yeruham, as well as dozens of documentary film screenings at cultural centers throughout the country. In 2017, we launched Docaviv Cinema, providing film lovers with monthly screenings of the year’s greatest documentaries all year round, at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and various cinematheques across the country.

The Festival and NPO were founded in 1998 by Ilana Tzur, who served as Festival Director for 12 years. The first edition of Docaviv Festival was four and a half days long, with 46 films screened. It was attended by 5,000 filmgoers. Today, Docaviv is Tel Aviv’s largest film festival, with an audience of over 67,000. In 2008, Galia Bador was appointed Festival Director and CEO of the Docaviv NPO. in 2016, Karin Rywkind Segal was appointed Artistic Director.

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival showcases national and international cinema that explores universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. The Jewish Film Festival now offers year-round opportunities to experience Jewish films from around the world. In 2021, all films will be presented virtually!

The Festival’s complete lineup of features and documentaries will be available to view on-demand anytime from June 6-13. All films and programs will be purchased and shown via our viewing platform. Once you purchase a ticket or pass, you will be emailed information on how to unlock films for viewing during the week of the festival. Once a ticketholder begins watching a program, access to it remains available for 48 hours and must be completed by the end of the festival.

Conversations and interviews with filmmakers, documentary subjects and local speakers will accompany many of the programs and be available throughout the Festival.

Festival tech support is available! Don’t be nervous about watching films at home. We’re here to help. Call our hotline 314.442.3179. There will also be live technical support during the Festival week.

25th Annual Jewish Film Festival

The J’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival showcases national and international cinema that explores universal issues through traditional Jewish values, opposing viewpoints and new perspectives. The Jewish Film Festival now offers year-round opportunities to experience Jewish films from around the world. In 2020 all films will be presented virtually!

The Festival’s complete lineup of features and documentaries will be available to view on-demand anytime from November 9-15. All films and programs will be purchased and shown via our viewing platform. Once you purchase a ticket or pass, you will be emailed information on how to unlock films for viewing during the week of the festival. Once a ticket-holder begins watching a program, access to it remains available for 48 hours and must be completed by the end of the festival. – STLJFF

Jewish Film Institute Online

Since launching the first Jewish film festival website in 2000 for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Film Institute has broadened its commitment to providing access to relevant, engaging and high-quality Jewish film and media online for audiences around the world. JFI’s roster of online programs offers something for everyone, from the casual film watcher to the fellow festival programmer or historian.

 

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF) made its debut in 1993 under Artistic Director, Helen Zukerman. The TJFF proved to be a creative and exciting way to introduce people in the city and surrounding areas to Jewish culture, and explain how it fits within the city of Toronto. The foundation set out to be a showcase of the diversity in Jewish life and cultural experiences around the world. The TJFF’s has expanded its use of venues in an attempt to be as inclusive and inviting as possible, and to appeal to a broader demographic. An additional goal of the foundation is to expose the non-Jewish community to the multiculturalism and diversity of Jewish life globally. The TJFF plans strategies to overcome the barriers to attendance amongst the non-Jewish population and the younger secular Jewish population, allowing them to feel connected and comfortable in the unique festival and year-round screening environments.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

The Boston Jewish Film Festival has been a destination for international award-winning films on Jewish topics and themes since 1988. The Festival has welcomed hundreds of thousands of filmgoers and guests from around the world for screenings and conversations. The annual November festival now presents more than 60 screenings at venues throughout Greater Boston.