Official 2018 AJFF Festival Lineup Is Unveiled


The 2018 lineup is now live! This year's festival returns for 23 days, from January 24 through February 15. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, January 17. Now is the time to build out your wish list so you can move your picks right into your cart the minute they go on sale! 

This year's festival will feature over 190 screenings with over 70 films from 27 countries. 

“We are proud to continue an 18-year tradition by bringing the most diverse and compelling films from around the globe,” says Kenny Blank, Executive Director of AJFF. “There is a universality to the stories told in this year’s lineup, with both sweeping and epic stories, personal narratives, unconventional perspectives, and stories that intersect with other communities. Our annual festival truly provides something for everyone.”

Moviegoers can expect to find diverse films about biographies, the arts, women’s stories, social justice, African-American life, romance, LGBTQ, American Jewish life, anti-Semitism, and more. Opening Night kicks off with the Southeast Premiere, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, a rousing tribute to the iconic song-and-dance man in all his complexities and contradictions.

The festival also brings a number of world, U.S., and Southeast Premieres including the East Coast Premiere of the Israeli teen dramedy, Almost Famous, and the Southeast Premiere of A Bag of Marbles, a moving adventure about the endurance of family.

Film is arguably at its finest when transporting you into taut stories of high drama. This year’s lineup does this again and again, taking audiences from noir dark alleys of the 1930s to the jungles of the Amazon, you’ll leave the theater moved and provoked to thought.

While AJFF films are generally mostly suited for adults, we know that a trip to the movies can create unforgettable memories for audiences of all ages. There are a number selections that offer stories, characters and educational experiences that bring family together, such as the documentary about iconic filmmaker, Steven Spielberg and the docu/drama The Invisibles, about the teens and adults who survived WWII Berlin hiding in plain sight.

A number of films tackle issues of topical concern: The Cakemaker documents unconventional relationships, while An Act of Defiance explores race relations. Several films dive into political-religious extremism, from The Cousin to Shelter to Remember Baghdad.

Sports fanatics have plenty to discover, with a stirring story of patriotism, sports and personal growth in Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel; The Mighty Atom, an inspiring profile of a real-life superman who dazzled audiences with his remarkable feats of strength and daredevil strengths; and Let Yourself Go, an Italian comedy that features a self-involved aging psychoanalyst (Toni Servillo) that has his tightly ordered world thrown for a loop by a high-spirited fitness instructor.

Arts lovers will be inspired with Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta a film that celebrates the touchstones and dazzling international career of a musical maestro; along with Itzhak; Gilbert; Funny Girl, a 50th Anniversary Classic Film Series screening; Dreaming of a Jewish Christmasand Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

Sort through more of the lineup here by schedule venue, type, country, or subject.

We cannot wait to share these films with you and see you this year!