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Atlanta’s single largest film festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), is a showcase of international cinematic features and shorts that broadly explore themes of identity, history and culture within the Jewish community. The 17th annual AJFF will present a festival record number 202 screenings beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24 through Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Founded in 2000 by the Atlanta Regional Office of American Jewish Committee, the inaugural festival welcomed more than 1,900 filmgoers. Six years later the number had grown to 7,500, doubling to 15,000 in 2008. AJFF closed out its first decade with attendance of more than 20,000. To keep up with its burgeoning attendance, AJFF began exhibiting more than 70 narrative and documentary features and shorts over the course of 23 days across half a dozen venues. In 2015, AJFF made history as it was recognized as the largest Jewish film festival in the world, attracting more than 38,600 moviegoers.
“We are proud to continue a 17-year tradition of excellence by bringing audiences the most compelling, diverse, high-caliber films from around the globe,” says Kenny Blank, executive director, AJFF. “This cultural celebration of foreign and independent films will inspire, entertain, challenge and provoke. These are films that touch the heart and expand the mind, and speak to moviegoers of all backgrounds.”
AJFF is expecting nearly 40,000 attendees for this year’s festival featuring 75 films representing 24 countries. Each festival screening will include post-film Q&A conversation with filmmakers, actors, academics and experts to further AJFF’s mission of generating community dialogue through film. Filmgoers can find screenings intown at Woodruff Arts Center, Atlantic Station and Atlanta Symphony Hall.