AJFF is committed to ensuring the greatest possible access to the festival, for everyone in our community. To that end, we've taken a number of steps to make it easier for festivalgoers to enjoy all of the amazing movies we'll be screening between January 24 and February 15.
“Our focus has always been not just providing Atlanta with the world’s best films,” says AJFF Executive Director, Kenny Blank. “We also want to provide a world-class experience for festivalgoers. In 2017, we have paid special attention to ways we can make AJFF easier to access for everyone.”
Most notably, the festival has expanded its programming to include screenings on Saturday afternoons, and we've added new venues with more seating, so more of our audience can see more of what they want.
Why Saturday Screenings?
New in 2017, AJFF will offer film screenings on Saturday afternoons. This change is prompted by longtime requests from festival-goers to expand programming to more convenient times. For many, weekends are the only time they can attend the film festival. This change also affords more options for parents to share AJFF with their family.
AJFF believes in inclusivity, using the power of film to break down religious, racial and cultural barriers, to inspire new levels of understanding. Thus, the introduction of Saturday afternoon screenings is consistent with our mission to serve the broader community, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, regardless of affiliation.
How Saturday Screenings Will Work
Films showing on Saturday afternoons will also screen at other times during the festival. This ensures those who do observe Shabbat in more traditional ways will never miss a film they want to see. AJFF will continue to refrain from programming on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, in an effort not to conflict with traditional Shabbat activities. Screenings will only begin after 1:00 PM on Saturdays.
The introduction of Shabbat programming aligns with other Jewish institutions, including the Marcus Jewish Community Center and Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, as well as other Jewish film festivals around the world.
New Venues and More
There are other steps we’ve taken to improve access. The 2017 AJFF includes more than 200 screenings, with repeat screenings of more in-demand films than ever before. And we’re introducing a favorite new theater location to the mix: Regal Perimeter Pointe Stadium 10.
AJFF will also return to the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium for a five-day run at the end of the festival. This 420 seat space is bigger than any other AJFF venue (excepting Opening and Closing Nights). See where else we'll be this year here.
The film lineup will be officially unveiled Friday, Jan. 6. Tickets become available Wednesday, Jan. 18. We’ve moved these dates closer to the start of the festival, making it easier to pick screenings that best fit our audience.
With more than 200 screenings, the 2017 festival will feature more opportunities to see more movies than ever before, and we can't wait to see everyone there starting January 24.