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, and Jüdisches Kulturinstitut in Deutschland e.V., eds. 2019. Celebration! 25 Jahre Jüdisches Filmfestival Berlin & Brandenburg: 25 Years Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg. Berlin: Neofelis. Accessed February 10, 2020. https://neofelis-verlag.de/verlagsprogramm/film-medien/984/celebration.

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

Kaufman, Deborah, and Janis Plotkin. 2007. “The Jewish Film Festival.” In Jews and American Popular Culture. Vol. 1, edited by Paul Buhle. 3 vols, 109–22. Westport, Conn. Praeger.

Koven, Mikel J. 1999. “’You Don’t Have to Be Filmish’: The Toronto Jewish Film Festival.” Ethnologies 21 (1): 115–32.

Kurzweil, Edith. 1995. “The Jewish (?) Film Festival.” Partisan Review 62 (2): 175–78.

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

Segal, Jérôme. 2007. “Cinéma juif à Vienne.” L’Arche, 2007. 587.

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

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

Villarejo, Amy. 2002. “Archiving the Diaspora: A Lesbian Impression Of/in Ulrike Ottinger’s ‘Exile Shanghai’.” New German Critique (87): 157–91.

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

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