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February 23, 2018  RSS feed
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Jewish Film Festival announces hectic, eclectic schedule


The Opening Night film, “Bye Bye Germany” is a drama set in post-war Frankfurt. The Opening Night film, “Bye Bye Germany” is a drama set in post-war Frankfurt. The 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival (TBJFF) will pack more movies into more venues in fewer days this year.

This year marks the inauguration of a partnership of the TBJFF with the Suncoast Federal Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival. Organizers see this as an opportunity to expand the offerings and widen the reach of the Jewish Film Festival

“The evolved festival is now showcasing over 20 films across the Bay,” said committee Co-Chair Sara Scher. What hasn’t changed is the variety of films chosen by the 25-member screening committee.

The five-day long festival, March 21 - 25, is packed with films that truly merit celebration, said committee Co- Chair Loni Shelef with co-chair Stewart Donnell describing this year’s lineup as “the most eclectic that we have seen in years.”


The family-friendly documentary, “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel,” will be followed by a Q&A with special guests, including an American major leaguer who played on Team The family-friendly documentary, “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel,” will be followed by a Q&A with special guests, including an American major leaguer who played on Team The schedule includes documentaries, dramas and comedies featuring stories of complex and discreet family situations, love stories, heroic Holocaust survival, Jewish values and traditions, Jewish humor and entertainment. As always, the films will have an international flavor with a cacophony of languages from Hebrew and Yiddish to Arabic and German (with English subtitles, of course).

This year’s festivities also feature several community events paired with the films to create an enhanced experience including a chance to meet some of the people featured in two of the documentaries, Heather Booth and Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel.

The festival opens on Wednesday, March 21, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa with festivities starting at 6 p.m.

Opening night will begin with hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail hour. The opening night ceremonies. will include the STARR Award presentation to this year’s recipients: Anita and Herm Greenberg and Myra and Robert Sann.

Following the opening night film, Bye Bye Germany, the evening will culminate with a gourmet coffee and dessert reception in the Hesterly Salon.


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