Festival Chair Letter


Welcome to the 15th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, 2019! We remain committed to presenting the finest in current, relevant and important Jewish films and programs. We are proud of the outstanding films for this, our 15th festival.

How do you define Jewish Cinema? The question is as baffling as determining exactly what is Jewish Art. There seems to be no one answer. Just as there is no one Jewish experience, there is no singular definition of a Jewish movie. Whether the film is a dramatic feature, documentary, narrative, comedy, or short, there is a commonality. The CJFF films reflect life through a Jewish lens.

Our films will challenge you and make you think. This year’s films explore current issues such as political conflict, sexual harassment, religious freedom and family dynamics. You will see more international films from diverse countries such as Ethiopia, Mexico and Belgium. We are also proud to present two films by female directors.

From our Gala Opening Night at the beautiful McCoy Center, to Closing Night at the iconic Lincoln Theatre, we have chosen venues across the Columbus area to accommodate film goers near and far.

Once again, Rozanne and Jerry Stern are celebrating their beloved son Andrew Ethan Stern, by sponsoring the festival and the AES Short Film Competition.

We are beyond grateful for the generous support of our sponsors. This steadfast support enables us to procure the finest available international films and to invite outstanding guests to participate in the festival programs. The CJFF is proud to be recognized as the most outstanding Jewish cultural arts event in Columbus. And, we are thankful for all of you, our loyal Film Festival audience.

We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

Carol Glassman and Debby Kane, Co-Chairs.