VIJFF Brings on the Laughter with a Feel-Good Film Festival

The 7th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will introduce its 2021 program with a Feel-Good Film Festival running June 6-10, 2021, in VIJFF’s virtual cinema (https://watch.eventive.org/vijff). The Feel-Good Film Festival aims at creating a shared experience with the cathartic effects of comedy.

In addition to presenting two feature-length comedies and a heartwarming documentary, the  program opens with specially-curated stand-up comedy. The opening night live-streamed comedy event is from 7:30-8:30 pm on June 6, 2021, and hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, a Canadian Brooklyn-based comedian who will be joined by three other hilarious comedy acts. For your shared experience to go beyond the  screen, we are also offering special snack boxes (nosh boxes) crafted by Spinnakers and a “support local” initiative encouraging purchases from favourite local shops.
Festival participation is by donation. Visit vijff.ca for more information.

The spring Feel-Good Film Festival complements the VIJFF’s more expansive main fall festival, which will present seven films, narratives and documentaries.
The VIJFF is a program of the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria (JCCV).

International Jewish Film Festival

Please attend this wonderful cultural experience on:

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, November 7 – 9, 2015 at the
Odeon Theatre, 
780 Yates St., Victoria, BC 

IT’S HAPPENING THIS NOVEMBER!… Victoria is joining cities around the world in mounting its first INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.  

MOVIES:

  • Rock in the Red Zone (USA) –  Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 pm
  • The Farewell Party (Israel) – Sunday, November 8 at 6:30 pm
  • Of Many (USA) and Partner with the Enemy (Israel) – Sunday, November 8 at     8:30 pm
  • Peter the Third (Israel) – Monday, November 9 at 6:30 pm
  • Dough (England) – Monday, November 9 at 8:30 pm

Congratulations and good wishes are pouring in from every corner of the globe. We asked other Jewish Film Festivals:  “Why are Jewish Film Festivals important?“  Here are some responses…. 

  • From Zagreb, Croatia: “Congratulation on the
    first edition of your Jewish Film Festival in Victoria. We wish you a lot of
    success, audience and joy in organizing this project, hopefully for many years
    to come.” http://festivaloftolerance.com/en/film-program
  • From Hong Kong, China: “Our annual Hong Kong
    Jewish Film Festival is an anticipated cultural and communal event, bringing
    together both Jewish and non-Jewish local residents. We aim to celebrate,
    educate, enlighten and entertain, with good movies, good food and good
    spirits.  Good luck with your Festival
    and all the very best from Hong Kong”. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival: www.hkjff.org
  • From Geneva, Switzerland: “Jewish film festivals
    are important because they enable us to have a glimpse into Jewish lifestyles
    and traditions from around the world. Audiences can ‘share’ these experiences
    which promote the understanding and awareness towards Jewish people and
    culture”.  Festival International du Film
    Juif de Genève: http://gijff.org/en/
  • From Copenhagen, Denmark: “Modern Jewish society
    identify strongly with cultural events – they resemble the diversity and
    differences among Jews; cultural celebrations connect and cross cultures; art
    and commercial cinema is an open end invitation to the multiple narratives of
    Jewish identity” – “It’s an opportunity for getting very close to intimate and
    personal matters of Jews; cinema is needed for documentation of changes and
    continuity; in the case of Israel/Palestine cinema is the most profound,
    delicate and diverse interpreter of what happened and what must be done -cinema
    has connected across political, social and cultural matters and opinions – this
    is extremely important”. www.cjff.dk
  • From Berlin, Germany: "The
    Jewish Film Festival in Berlin & Potsdam, founded in 1995, has an 80%
    non-Jewish audience. Through the films which we screen they learn about Jewish
    life and see Israel in all its diversity.  70 Years after WW2 we have
    rising anti-Semitism in Europe; Here  Jewish Film Festivals are very
    important in fighting prejudice and xenophobia”. www.jffb.de

Ticket prices:

  • Single tickets—Adults, $13
  • Seniors/Students
    $10
  • Opening Night Movie & Reception
    $20   

Reception at The Atrium (site donated by Jawl Properties) after
the opening movie

Or

Purchase a Festival Pass, which includes all 6
movies and the opening reception:

  • Adults $62
  • Seniors/Students
    $50