Lights… camera… action! The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival opens January 12, with in-person and virtual screenings and post-film programs for select films through January 22, and virtual screenings of each and every film continuing through January 31.
The Festival returns in 2023 with in-person events after two years of running virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, while still offering virtual screenings for those who prefer to stream the films from the comfort of their living rooms.
The multi-access model provides a “Festival your-way” experience, showcasing 15 full-length films, 8 shorts, 1 docu-series and 7 post-film programs that explore the Jewish experience, past and present, across a variety of genres. The Festival includes films from eight countries and in multiple languages.
In its 32nd year, the Festival is one of the country’s longest-running Jewish film festivals, one of Arizona’s longest running film fests, and one of Tucson’s premier cultural events. Through a nearly yearlong screening process, the film festival committee, a dedicated group of Tucson J volunteers, selects the highest-quality films to share these magnificent stories with the Southern Arizona community.
While the film selection is distinctly Jewish, many of the messages and values presented resonate with people of all identities and offer relevant perspective. It is our hope that all members of the Southern Arizona community find the subject matter relatable, educational, and meaningful through the lens of their own unique experiences.
“While there is not particular theme to this year’s Festival, several films highlight events of the Shoah, the Hebrew word for Holocaust, and the terror and impact of antisemitism. Many of the films also offer a lighthearted look at joyful, Jewish living around the globe – today and throughout history,” said Jennifer Selco, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Tucson J.
FESTIVAL PASS: $120
Includes access to all virtual film events and post-film programs. A Festival Pass is good for one ticket to each in-person screening.
FESTIVAL 6-PACK: $60
Mix and match which 6 in-person or virtual film events you wish to join; includes post-film programs if applicable.
SINGLE FILM: $12
Includes post-film program if applicable.
Most in-person screenings will take place at the Tucson J, located at 3800 E River Road. Only one ticket is required to view all the shorts. All in-person post-film programs will also be available on Zoom for ticket holders. All times listed are in MST. Tickets can be purchased in advance or, for in-person screenings, at the door. Cash, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.
Information about individual film-screenings and post-film programs, and ticketing can be found here.