Guests + Events

Get on the Scene at SJFF In-Person Screenings + Special Events

Join us for in-person events and Zoom conversations to enhance your SJFF experience. This year’s festival features the return of special events such as Sunday Brunch and Sephardic Spotlight, plus conversations with filmmakers, musicians, scholars and more.

Access to these events is included when you purchase tickets to the film and for all pass holders. All times listed are Pacific Time.

Film Tickets Festival Passes


Special Guests + Filmmaker Conversations

Catch-up on some of the filmmaker conversations from the 2022 Seattle Jewish Film Festival on our SJFF YouTube Channel, including Comedian Guri Alfi + Moshe Samuels (THE NEW JEW), Director Mano Khalil (NEIGHBOURS). Producer Ehud Bleiberg (IMAGE OF VICTORY), and GREENER PASTURES conversation “Jews and Cannabis: A History from Biblical to Chai Times.” Watch here >>

Who we talked to at #SJFF2022:

Vadim Perelman - SJFF 2022In-Person Guest + Film Conversation: PERSIAN LESSONS Director Vadim Perelman
Sat., Mar. 26 | 6:10 pm
Included with PERSIAN LESSONS tickets and all passes
The three-time Academy Award-nominated director of THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, Vadim Perelman, will join us for our In-Person Opening Night to introduce the film and discuss his illustrious career—Q&A after the film. Event details + tickets >>

HurwitzIn-Person Guest + Film Conversation: THE AUTOMAT Director Lisa Hurwitz
Sun., Mar. 27 | 10 am brunch/11 am film
Included with THE AUTOMAT Sunday Brunch event or film-only tickets and all passes
Director/producer Lisa Hurwitz joins us in person for THE AUTOMAT film screening + Sunday Brunch event, featuring a delicious spread of soul-filling, homemade Jewish comfort food set to the sizzling live klezmer sounds of The Klez Katz! Plus: join Endless Opportunities for a film conversation in the lobby after the show. Event details + tickets >>

2022 SJFF Shorts Program Curator Warren EtheredgeIn-Person Guest + Film Conversation: Shorts Program Curator Warren Etheredge
Thurs., Mar. 31 | 6:30 pm
Included with SHORTS PROGRAM: WHEN WE SEE OURSELVES tickets and all passes
What makes a film festival unique? Seeing extraordinary cinema and hearing from visionary artists who will never be on Netflix or Prime Video. Discuss this year’s short treats, treasures + theme with series curator Warren Etheredge, of UW Cinema & Media Studies, and three filmmakers. Event details + tickets >>

AlfiLive Zoom Conversation: Comedian Guri Alfi
Thurs., Mar. 31 | 8:30 pm
Included with THE NEW JEW tickets and all passes
Laugh with one of the most popular TV personalities and comedians known for his political satire. Guri Alfi and co-creator Moshe Samuels discuss THE NEW JEW’s development, impact, and the future relationship of Israeli and American Jews. A link will be emailed one (1) hour before with instructions to join the Zoom or watch the recording. Event details + tickets >>

SJFF 2022 Neighbours Director Mano KhalilZoom Conversation: NEIGHBOURS Filmmaker Mano Khalil
Sat., Apr. 2 | 6:10 pm – Zoom conversation follows film

Included with NEIGHBOURS tickets and all passes
Kurdish-Swiss director Mano Khalil joins us live via Zoom from Switzerland to discuss this cinematically stunning story of Kurdish-Jewish resilience and refugees on the Syrian/Turkish border. Conversation will take place following the film as part of the Q&A. Conversation will be recorded and made available on SJCC’s Arts + Ideas YouTube channel  >>

PortnoyLive Zoom Conversation: “Jews and Cannabis: A History from Biblical to Chai Times”
Sun., Apr. 3 | 4:30 pm
Included with GREENER PASTURES tickets and all passes
Dr. Eddy Portnoy, Director of Exhibitions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, discusses his research and upcoming exhibit on the subject of Jews and cannabis, “Am Yisrael High,” opening soon in NY. A link will be emailed one (1) hour before with instructions to join the Zoom or watch the recording. Event details + tickets >>

SJFF2022 The Ancient Law Guests: Alicia Svigals, Laura De Luca, Donald SosinIn-Person Film Conversation: THE ANCIENT LAW
Mon., Apr. 4 | 7 pm
Included with THE ANCIENT LAW tickets and all passes
This digitally restored 1923 film is accompanied by a live score by klezmer violinist/composer Alicia Svigals, pianist/composer Donald Sosin, and clarinetist Laura de Luca from the Seattle Symphony. Pre-film introduction and post-film CineClub discussion in The Paramount Bar with SJFF Director Pamela Lavitt, composers/musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin, and film scholar Cynthia Walk of the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts. Event details + tickets >>

SJFF 2022 The Swimmer Director Adam KalderonZoom Conversation: THE SWIMMER Filmmaker Adam Kalderon
Included with THE SWIMMER tickets and all passes
Born on Kibbutz Be’eri and now living in Berlin, director/writer/costume designer Adam Kalderon discusses his Israeli Academy Award nominations and his second feature film. This conversation is pre-recorded. A link will be emailed to ticket holders with instructions to watch the recording.


Catering Partners:

There are many ways the Seattle Jewish Film Festival is unique, and one of those is the food offerings! A BIG thank you to our catering partners for this year’s event in providing us a lot of yumminess for this year’s Festival:

In addition, Zylberschtein’s + Muriel’s (kosher) are offering a tasty way to support this year’s Festival. When you order from their three participating order platforms and use promo code JCCFilm22, they will give 5% back to the SJCC. Participating restaurants:

  • Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen & Bakery: Zylberschtein’s is a Jewish-style deli serving traditional deli fare including sandwiches, soups, bagels, babka, cookies and cakes. Order >>
  • Muriel’s All Day Eats: Muriel’s is a Kosher Dairy restaurant with a Pareve Bakery. Our current menu includes a variety of Bagel sandwiches, Israeli Toast, Cheesecake and Donuts. We are located inside of Third Placed Books in Seward Park. Order >>
  • Z Bagel Club: Zylberschtein’s home delivery service. They go to Mercer Island and Bellevue/East Side on Fridays. Order >>

The codes valid 3/24 – 4/10. Promo code JCCFilm22 is not a discount but a way to track purchases so we can donate 5% back to SJFF.


Plan Your SJFF Experience: FAQ and Ticket Information

See + be seen with ease! Find answers to your questions about navigating this year’s festival, including streaming windows, virtual tech tips, festival passes, in-person venue details, and more. Learn more >>


Lead Sponsors

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Thank you to all of our sponsors: view here >>.

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