You’re invited to the 2022 AES Short Film Showcase on June 12 at 6:30p!

There will be a showing of 6 short films (run time is 75 minutes) with a reception to follow. Tickets are $15/person. Recommended for ages 16+.

 Join us for the AES Short Film Showcase, in honor of Andrew Ethan Stern, with special guest and Columbus-based artist & filmmaker Matt Swift. Be the first audience to view these six impactful and insightful short films at the JCC and enjoy refreshments at the reception following the showcase.

About Matthew Swift M.L.I.S.

Matt Swift is a Columbus based artist, filmmaker, educator and community organizer with a background that includes a Bachelor of Arts in both Film Studies and Art History with a Minor focus in Fine Arts from the Ohio State University and a Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus in digital collections preservation and access from Kent State University. For over 15 years he has been performing freelance work locally in the form of providing audio/visual digitization consultation and creating video, photo, graphic arts, and paintings for the purpose of art exhibition as part of his personal art career and as a member of Nicolettecinemagraphics a local small multimedia business operated by his partner Nikki Swift . He has led workshops in media arts for non-profits such as 4-H and The Greater Columbus Arts Council. He has a long history of curating moving image programs and teaching film around Columbus, Ohio  as part of organizations such as the The Columbus Moving Image Art ReviewThe Journal of Short Film, The Ohio State Film Studies Program, Reelabiltites Film FestivalThe Columbus International Film + Video FestivalComfest, and the Independents Day Festival. In 2014 Matt was awarded a Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Arts Fellowship for his work in moving image art. In 2020 Nicolettecinemagraphics was awarded the Ohio Governors Award for Small Business Supporting the Arts by the Ohio Arts Council.

2022 Showcase Selections:

Cinema Rex

Directed by Mayan Engelman & Elivan Peled, Israel, 2020.

Cinema Rex was a famed 1930’s Jerusalem movie house. This animated short is about a Jewish boy and Arab girl who become friends through their discovery of the magic of films.

| 6 minutes |




Directed by Caroline Brami & Frederic Bas, France, 2020.

The Inspection explores how one courageous high school teacher stands fast when she is challenged about her teachings of the Holocaust.

| 16 minutes |



A Small Cut

Directed by Marleen Valien, Germany, 2020.

An uptight Jewish financial director of a magnificent baroque building suddenly forced to persuade his hot headed young boss to get circumcised.

| 8 minutes |



White Eye

Directed by Tomer Shushan, Israel, 2020.

A poignant narrative depicting the perils of illegal immigration as an Israeli man tries to reclaim a stolen bike while struggling to retain his humanity.

| 20 minutes |



Sophie & Jacob

Directed by Max Shoham, Canada, 2020. 

Based on his great-grandparents’ true story, a student animator ponders the meaning of home in the heartfelt tale of Romanian-Jewish refugees who find shelter in each other on a crowded cargo ship.

| 9 minutes |


Directed by Lewis Rose, UK, 2021.

A comedy/drama about a feud between siblings over their late father’s eccentric last request.

| 19 minutes |

Remembering Andrew Ethan STern

The 17th Annual JCC Columbus Jewish Film Festival is named in honor of Andrew Ethan Stern, an adored son, cherished friend, successful businessman, athlete, animal rights activist, mentor and humanitarian. Andrew was kind and generous. Through determination and thoughtfulness, Andrew was outstanding in all of his endeavors from school and sports to business. Following his childhood dream, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career in marketing with the Los Angeles Lakers. A successful entrepreneur, Andrew was an Internet marketing pioneer and founded his company, Seed Corn Advertising in 2002. Andrew was a true team player. He had a strong work ethic and always supported his friends and loved ones. His life and legacy of generosity and dedication to those around him will be remembered by the lives he touched and those who knew him.

Presenting Sponsor

International film makers, expert commentary, diverse venues, and evolving technology all increase the awareness of essential community conversation year after year. Your support of the Columbus Jewish Film Festival enables the continuation of this vibrant and engaging Jewish cultural arts program for the entire community.


For more information, please reach out to Festival Director, Emily Schuss,  at or (614) 559-6205