THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING FESTIVAL!
We cannot thank you enough for making the Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival “the place to be” the first two weeks of November. With record-breaking attendance and increased revenues, we are thrilled that our Festival continues to thrive amidst the plethora of cultural offerings available to our community. Because you chose to make PJFF a part of your life this fall, we have just wrapped up one of our most memorable seasons yet! It is your presence, enthusiasm, and participation that makes all the difference!
“We are so excited by the community enthusiasm and support that this year’s PJFF generated. The films ranged from provocative to heart-warming, from inspiring to charming, and the conversations about the films continued well past the last title,” said PJFF Chair Phyllis Fischer.
“We are delighted to be providing such an important, and highly valued, cultural experience that speaks not only to Jewish audiences but to the larger Philadelphia community as well,” continued Gershman Y’s Executive Director Maxine Gaiber.
Opening Night guest, actor Neta Riskin (Anywhere Else), wrote of her experience at this year’s Festival, “I cannot stop raving and telling everyone about the amazing time I had in Philadelphia and about the festival you direct. It’s a real cinema-loving Festival. It carries an atmosphere that makes one have the sense it is a boutique festival, intimate and exquisite, and something which, in my experiences, I have found to be truly unusual in this day and age.”
The winner of PJFF34’s Audience Award is Above and Beyond, a documentary produced by Nancy Spielberg and directed by Roberta Grossman. The 2014 film, which tells the story of how a group of American World War II pilots risked their lives to help Israel defend itself in the War of Independence, was the Festival’s Closing Night selection and screened at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Other audience favorites included The Lady In Number Six, The Sturgeon Queens, The Best of Men, 24 Days, and Run Boy Run.