9.1.3 Jewish Film Festivals

Among the wide range of identity-based film festivals that exist, Jewish film festivals have generated modest, though significant, academic attention. Aiming to understand the role of the numerous Jewish film festivals (estimated to number over 100), questions of what it means to be Jewish, the nature of exilic and diasporic filmmaking, and the intertwinement of memory and the Holocaust are discussed. Most studies address these issues by taking one festival as a case study. See for example Galliner’s book on the Jewish Film Festival in Berlin (2004).


Galliner, Nicola, ed. (2004). Jewish Film Festival Berlin: Filme, Bilder, Geschichten. Die ersten 10 Jahre. Berlin: be.bra-Verlag.

Gann, Jon (2012). “‘Fascinating. Challenging. Demanding.’: Susan Barocas, Washington Jewish Film Festival.” Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work. Washington, DC: Reel Plan Press. pp. 95–106.

Kaufman, Deborah, and Janis Plotkin (2007). “The Jewish Film Festival.” Jews and American Popular Culture. Ed. Paul Buhle. Westport, Conn.: Praeger. pp. 109–122.

Koven, Mikel J. (1999). “‘You Don’t Have to be Filmish’: The Toronto Jewish Film Festival.” Ethnologies 21:1 (1999): 115–132.

Kurzweil, Edith (1995). “The Jewish (?) Film Festival.” Partisan Review 62:2 (1995): 175–178.

Plotkin, Janis; Caroline Libresco, and Josh Feiger, eds. (1996). Independent Jewish Film: A Resource Guide. San Francisco: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Segal, Jérôme (2010). “Identities and Politics at the Vienna Jewish Film Festival.” Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities. Eds. Dina Iordanova with Ruby Cheung. St. Andrews: St. Andrews Film Studies. pp. 198–217.

Segal, Jérôme (2008). “Jüdisches Filmfestival.” Illustrierte Neue Welt Januar 2008, 110.

Segal, Jérôme (2007). “Cinéma juif à Vienne.” L’Arche 587: 108–109.

Villarejo, Amy (2002). “Archiving the Diaspora: A Lesbian Impression of/in Ulrike Ottinger’s ‘Exile Shanghai’.” New German Critique 87 (2002): 157–191.

Weintraub, Aviva (2006). “Le New York Jewish Film Festival.” Les Cahiers du Judaisme 20 (2006): 58–61.


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