Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Guide to Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Lights, camera, action! Get ready to be immersed in cinematic magic at the 24th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Join thousands of film aficionados to revel in premieres, acclaimed productions, and enchanting global narratives—all celebrating powerful storytelling through a Jewish lens. Brace yourself for a whirlwind journey, showcasing the finest voices in contemporary world cinema.

From opening to closing night, you’ll be stirred, enlightened and inspired by captivating films from 20 countries. Experience the vibrancy of Jewish culture against the glittering backdrop of Atlanta.

Don’t miss your chance to be dazzled by the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) 2024—your ticket to a world-class cinematic adventure. Read on to discover everything you need to know about the 2024 AJFF.

Unveiling the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2024: An Introduction

Wondering about the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival schedule? The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns February 13-26, 2024, for its 24th year. This celebrated event will screen over 60 films from 20 countries at venues across metro Atlanta.

For the first time, there will also be a virtual streaming encore from February 27-March 7. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2024 brings together the magic of cinema and Jewish culture, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in stories from around the world.

Step-by-Step Guide on Securing Your Ticket to AJFF 2024

Heads up! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival tickets will go on sale January 31 at noon to the general public. AJFF members can access presale tickets starting January 17 at noon.

You can browse and purchase tickets at Tickets are required for both in-theater screenings and virtual cinema streaming. Speaking of in-theater screenings, there are five venues to pick from! Check them out here.

Consider an All Access Streaming Pass for access to all 17 featured films and shorts programs. In-theater and virtual tickets are not interchangeable. Plan ahead, as some screenings are sure to sell out quickly!

Behind the Screen: Premieres and Highpoints of AJFF 2024

Get a sneak peek at some of the most highly-anticipated films and special guests appearing at this year’s festival. AJFF will feature numerous premieres and buzzworthy screenings you won’t want to miss.

Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre

This hard-hitting documentary chronicles the devastating terrorist attack at a music festival in Israel in 2023. Experience an emotional journey following survivors in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Seven Blessings

Israel’s official submission for the Academy Awards tells a timely story about a Jewish-Muslim couple fighting for acceptance. Don’t miss the chance to catch this poignant drama on the big screen.

Crown Heights

In honor of its 20th anniversary, AJFF will have a complimentary screening of this film based on true events surrounding a wrongful murder conviction in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

Irena’s Vow

The opening night selection depicts the incredible true story of a Catholic housekeeper’s courageous efforts to hide Jews during WWII. Cast members and Irena’s daughter will attend the premiere.

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A Celebration of Cinematic Excellence: Films to Watch Out For at AJFF 2024

With over 60 films spanning multiple genres, AJFF 2024 offers no shortage of cinematic excellence. Here are just a few of the can’t-miss titles playing at this year’s festival:

Less than Kosher

Join us for a rib-tickling musical comedy about an entrepreneurial manager aiming to craft the first Orthodox Jewish pop band. Catch the fun-filled shenanigans at Young Professionals Night on February 14th.

Breaking Bread

Be moved by this stirring documentary that chronicles Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel’s journey of fostering unity between Jewish and Arab women in Israel through culinary arts. It is slated for screening on February 19th.

The Keeper

Watch the extraordinary true story of Bert Trautmann, a German POW turned soccer legend. Experience his journey of overcoming cultural barriers to play for Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cup Final. The film is set to screen on February 22nd.

Shari and Lamb Chop

Mark your calendars for the wonderful closing night film that delves into the intricate world of Shari Lewis and her darling puppet Lamb Chop. This screening is coupled with a delightful dessert reception on February 26th.

Under the Spotlight: Jury Awards and Special Recognitions at AJFF 2024

Alton Brown, alongside a distinguished jury panel, will bestow awards for Narrative and Documentary Features, as well as Short Films during the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2024.

Other recognitions will be given to an Emerging Filmmaker, films that promote unity and mutual understanding (“Building Bridges”), and films emphasizing Human Rights. Be there at the Closing Night ceremony on February 26 at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center to witness the celebrations as winners receive their much-cherished awards!

Not-to-Miss Events at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2024

Beyond the incredible film lineup, AJFF 2024 offers several not-to-miss special events sure to delight attendees.

Opening Night – Irena’s Vow

Kickstart your AJFF 2024 experience with ‘Irena’s Vow’, a riveting World War II drama. Join in the post-screening discussion with the cast and gain deeper insight into the real-life narrative. The evening also includes a hosted reception at the highly acclaimed Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.

Young Professionals Night – Less Than Kosher

For a dose of comedy, join other young professionals at ‘Less Than Kosher’, a humor-filled musical about aspiring pop stars. Boost your networking game at the pre-show gathering at Tara Theatre.

Spotlight Screening – Breaking Home Ties

Immerse yourself in a long-lost cinematic world at ‘Breaking Home Ties’. This digitally restored silent film is paired with live contemporary music, reviving the classiness of old cinema. Make your way to Tara Theatre to treat yourself to this experience.

Late Night at Plazadrome – The Plot Against Harry

For night owls, ‘The Plot Against Harry’ is a must-watch. This intriguing tale from the golden era of Jewish American cinema oscillates between redemption and mob intrigue. Enjoy this late-night encounter at Plaza Theatre.

Closing Night & Awards – Shari and Lamb Chop

Wrap up the festival at the award ceremony with ‘Shari and Lamb Chop’, a delightful exploration of an inventive genius. Witness, first-hand, the best films receiving the prestigious jury awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.

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Satisfying Your Culinary Cravings: Nearby Food Options During AJFF 2024

The AJFF provides a fantastic chance not only to immerse yourself in captivating film content, but also to experience the lively culinary scene Atlanta has to offer. Here’s to amplifying your AJFF 2024 experience!

Alon’s Bakery

Begin your day at the award-winning Alon’s Bakery. Notorious for their impeccable bakery items including bagels, muffins, and mouth-watering croissants, Alon’s also boasts a menu with scrumptious sandwiches and refreshing salads that act as great lunch or dinner choices.

Buffalo’s Café

Next on our food trip across Atlanta, we have Buffalo’s Café. This laid-back locale serves up an abundance of delectable dishes such as wings, sandwiches, and burgers. Indulge yourself into a satisfying meal here and you are guaranteed to leave with renewed vigor to take on the AJFF 2024’s rich itinerary.

Righteous Room Burger Bar

Halfway through your film day at AJFF, you may start craving for something hearty and bit more indulgent. Head over to the Righteous Room Burger Bar. Known for their sensational gourmet burgers, ranging from classic beef to exotic bison and even vegetarian options, this is the place to be. Complement your burger with a frothy draft beer for an authentic Atlanta dining experience.

Drift Fish House

For the seafood enthusiasts, there is Drift Fish House. This joint specializes in delivering the freshest catch of the day complemented by innovative breakfast items like shrimp and grits. Conveniently located a few steps from Tara Theatre, it presents an ideal spot for an AJFF dining pit stop.

Cafe Intermezzo

Finally, a visit to the heartwarming Cafe Intermezzo might be just what you need for that mid-day pick-me-up. Styled like a classic European cafe, it offers luscious pastries, vibrant salads, and delicious sandwiches, not to forget their invigorating coffee drinks; all set to rejuvenate you for the remaining screenings at AJFF 2024.

Atlanta Attractions

LEGO Discovery Center Atlanta

Post-AJFF, extend your exploration in Atlanta with a visit to the LEGO Discovery Center, a hub for imaginative, interactive family fun. Dive into constructing your own LEGO creations, engage in exciting interactive rides.

And race your custom-built LEGO cars. With a café for snacks and a shop brimming with LEGO goods, it’s the perfect spot to relax and engage in playful activities after enjoying a concert in Atlanta.

Georgia Aquarium

Continue the excitement at Georgia Aquarium, where thousands of aquatic creatures await. Encounter everything from majestic beluga whales to graceful manta rays and playful sea otters.

Dive deep into marine conservation with interactive exhibits and discover various habitats in galleries like Ocean Voyager and River Scout. Pause for a snack at Cafe Aquaria amid your underwater adventure.

It’s a perfect day out for all ages, offering an immersive experience into the marine world. Don’t miss this captivating Atlanta attraction!

Zoo Atlanta

Conclude your visit with an exhilarating day at Zoo Atlanta. Venture through varied habitats, observing over 1,000 animals from majestic elephants to frolicsome lemurs.

Let the children unleash their energy at the Boundless Playground or the Skyhawk Ferris wheel. Enjoy a bite at one of the many eateries, set against the zoo’s picturesque landscapes. Zoo Atlanta promises an exciting blend of education, conservation, and fun for the perfect family outing.

Celebrate Film, Celebrate Community at the Jewish Film Festival Atlanta

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2024 promises an unforgettable mix of film, culture, and culinary delights. Enjoy a diverse range of films, witness esteemed awards, and partake in dynamic events.

With an emphasis on diverse perspectives and rich dialogue, AJFF is a celebration of cinematic storytelling. From securing your ticket to the final applause, it guarantees a journey filled with emotion, insight, and lasting memories.

Don’t miss this culturally enriching and entertaining experience in Atlanta!


Start Date:

February 13, 2024 @ 12:00 am CST

End Date:

February 26, 2024 @ 12:00 am CST





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