Sneak Peek: One Life

Don’t miss this film starring Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, and Jonathan Pryce! It’s the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a London broker who rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis. Fifty years later, after he is introduced to some survivors, he come to terms with the guilt he’d carried for decades. Wed., March 6, 7pm at Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago and Thurs., March 7, 7pm at Wayfarer Theater in Highland Park. Tickets: $15.

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On The Map + Director Talkback

Moments after the Israeli basketball team Maccabi won the 1977 European Championships, Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody famously said, “Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything.” Sun., March 10 at 3pm at Wayfarer Theaters in Highland Park. Tickets specially priced at $5.

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The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival mission is to showcase culturally-diverse, Jewishly-inspired films that will entertain, educate and inspire audiences.

Submissions Open

Feature Film

At the CJFF, our goal is to inspire movie-goers to expand their understanding of Jewish culture and to bring a wide-variety of entertaining films, with a Jewish lens, to our community. We promote films that have a Jew-ish connection to life, culture, history both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. To qualify as a CJFF submission, films must meet the basic category requirements and resonate with our Jewish community. Film must have a connection to the Jewish values or themes of – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, community, kindness, positivism, role modeling, stewardship of the earth, any Jewish holiday or historical event. Feature Film submissions must be over 60 minutes. Note: you must agree to your film being presented virtually.

 

Short Film

To qualify as a CJFF submission, Short Films must meet the basic category requirements and themes of the film festival. Film must have a connection to the Jewish values or themes of – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, community, kindness, positivism, role modeling, stewardship of the earth, any Jewish holiday or historical event. Short Film Submissions must be under 30 minutes including all intros and credits. Note: you must agree to your film being presented virtually.

 

Student Filmmaker Competition

JCC Chicago is proud of its 120 years – rooted in Jewish values, fostering a united, inclusive community with a focus on growing good kids and building lifetime connections. We have embarked on a Growing Hope Movement, based on informed tolerance, acceptance, kindness and hope with a mission to instill in today’s youth the core values that will help realize the kind of future for which we all aspire.

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival Student Competition invites and encourages student filmmakers to develop short stories around the themes of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, community, kindness, positivism, role modeling, stewardship of the earth, any Jewish holiday or historical event. We believe that these stories have the power to educate, inform and inspire behaviors and beliefs that will change the world for the better.

WHO: Student filmmakers of all experience levels (all are welcome, you don’t need to be Jewish to apply!) Middle school through College undergraduates encouraged to apply.

WHAT: New or previously created documentaries or narrative short films running 3-10 minutes in length, including credits.

WHERE: Filmmakers must reside in the Chicagoland area, surround suburbs or the state of Illinois or be a participant in a JCC Chicago program (including Camp Chi, Springboard, Jewish Student Connection, etc.)

WHY: Celebrate the Jewish experience connecting your film to (one or more) of the Jewish values or themes of – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, community, kindness, positivism, role modeling, stewardship of the earth, any Jewish holiday or historical event.

Submissions are accepted through Film Freeway*:

Deadline: March 15, 2024 at 11:59pm

*PLEASE INDICATE IN NOTES: What theme(s) your film represents.

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor

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Thank You to our Multi-Year-Sponsors

Community members and businesses providing sustaining support:

Robin & Allen Berg
Lisa & Lee Bloom
Marci Horowitz
Laurie F. Lieberman

Lisa Reisman & Jason Busch
Vicki & Gerald Tenner

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Contact Us

For more information about the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, call 847.763.3507 or email cjff@jccchicago.org.