Thank you to everyone who attended our 2023 AES Short Film Showcase

See you in the fall for CJFF 2023!

2023 Showcase Selections:


Directed by Desiree Abeyta, USA, 2021, 10 min

Two actresses wait for the role of a lifetime. That role? Anne Frank. What could go wrong?


Directed by Rachel Weinberg, USA, 2022, 8 minutes

A historic piano that survived the Holocaust is restored in Philadelphia four generations later. A heartrending story of generational trauma and reconciliation.



Directed by Jonathan Laskar, Switzerland, French with English subtitles, 2022, 9 min

An antique music instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record: “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories.” Obsessed by this endless record, he listens to it again and again as his memories emerge.


Make me a King

Directed by Sofia Olins, UK, 2022, 16 minutes

When Ari, a Jewish drag king, is ostracized by their family, they cling to their real-life hero, Pepi Littman, who carved out a space for drag kings over 100 years ago. A film about family, in all of its forms.


Black Slide

Directed by Uri Lotan, Israel/UK, Hebrew, 2021, 11 minutes

Eviah, a young and timid boy on the brink of puberty, and his best friend sneak into the Black Slide—the most terrifying ride in Aqua Fun. There, Eviah will gain insight to prepare him for events about to unfold at home.



Directed by Danielle Durchslag, USA, 2022, 4 minutes

The new film from artist and filmmaker Danielle Durchslag playfully interrogates the cultural prevalence of Fiddler on the Roof, showing a group of schoolchildren singing a darkly comedic, lyrically updated version of the show’s most mournful tune, “Anatevka.”


The photographer

Directed by Emily Pasternak, Canada, 2022, 11 minutes

When the Nazis massacred her family, she not only survived but resisted. Fleeing into the woods, Faye Schulman joined the partisans – and photographed the fight. Today, her work lives on.

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