The 37th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Returns November 4-19

Look forward to a curated selection of 35 films celebrating Jewish identity, culture, history and community...

Film fans, get ready! The 37th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival hits the city from November 4 to 19, bringing 35 films to a dozen venues around the area.

The annual festival celebrates Jewish identity, culture, history and community. This year’s showcase features movies from 20 different countries.


  • The 37th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival runs November 4 to 19.
  • This year’s lineup includes 35 films from 20 countries.
  • Screenings and discussions will be held at a dozen area venues.
  • Most showings cost $15, but special pricing applies to several films and events.

The breakdown for this year’s lineup is as follows: 15 narratives, 11 documentary features and nine shorts. Trending topics among the films this year include inter-faith relationships, love triangles, issues surrounding the Holocaust, self-acceptance in the disability community and more. Six of the films are billed as comedies.

To browse the full festival lineup, click here.

Festival Highlights

With more than 30 films and 12 days of screenings, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival brings plenty of options to choose from to a dozen venues, including Ritz East, the Gershman Y, the National Museum of American Jewish history, Bryn Mawr Film Institute and more.

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
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The annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival spans two-plus weeks with screenings at venues including:

  • Ritz East
  • Gershman Y
  • National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Bryn Mawr Film Institute
  • And more…

Grab some popcorn and get ready for opening night on November 4 with The Cakemaker, an emotional narrative featuring a lonely chef who to tries to maneuver his way into the life of his deceased lover’s widow.

The festival’s centerpiece film, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, unfolds on November 11 at The Gershman Y. The documentary feature tells the story of 1930s actress Hedy Lamarr, who gained a reputation after playing a role in Ecstasy (1933) that included the first instance of explicit nudity depicted in a mainstream film. In Bombshell, director Alexandra Dean seeks to reveal the “real” Lamarr and her passion as an inventor.

Meanwhile, on November 5Holy Air brings a Wes Anderson-style comedy to the screens. The comedic flick features a Christian Arab Nazareth man who sets out to make a living by climbing Mount Precipice to bottle the mountain’s air each day and sell it to eager tourists.

Also on November 5, catch The Testament, a thriller based around a Holocaust researcher, and on November 12, enjoy a curated afternoon of five different shorts, ranging from comedies to tearjerkers.

The festival closes on November 19 with Love is Thicker Than Water, a modern Romeo and Juliet-esque movie, and The Bloom of Yesterday, a genre-bending film that adds a dose of irreverent humor to a tale that discusses the Holocaust.

To browse the full list of movie screenings, click here.


Tickets for most screenings cost $15 ($13 for seniors). If you’re thinking of attending multiple films, consider the $65 Five-Film Pass ($55 for seniors).

A Big Night Pass costs $65 and includes one ticket each to the Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night films and receptions.

Film buffs can purchase an All-Access Festival Pass for $350, which includes admission to all films and special events.

Select screenings and events require special pricing. Go online to see the cost breakdown.

37th Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

When:November 4-19
Where:Various locations including the National Museum of American Jewish History
Cost:$15 for most screenings; special pricing applies to several films and events



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