2018 AJFF Comes to a Close with Stirring Finale, Audience and Jury Prizes


After 23 days, over 190 screenings, and appearances by over 350 guest speakers, the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has come to a stirring finale. The festival concluded with a standing ovation following the Southeast Premiere screening of The Last Suit, a moving and heartfelt narrative from Argentina, followed by a post-film Q&A with the writer and director of the film, Pablo Solarz. A dessert reception followed, bringing the annual festival to a delicious close.

More than 36,000 moviegoers attended the 2018 AJFF. For the first time, AJFF returned to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for Closing Night, which brought in a record 1,600 moviegoers. New venue additions for this year also included Regal Hollywood 24.

Throughout the 2018 AJFF, audiences were abuzz about this year’s outstanding lineup of international and independent films, featuring 70 films from 27 countries. Ballots for the Audience Awards were submitted in record numbers, and response to this year’s films was overwhelmingly positive. The tally reveals a very tight race for the Audience Award winners.

The 2018 AJFF Jury, comprised of filmmakers, critics and other experts, also faced challenging choices, in selecting Jury prizes across six categories. See the list of 2018 AJFF Jury Prize winners.

As ever, our guest speakers brought out the best of the 2018 lineup, including discussions with filmmakers, scholars, and other experts throughout the festival. Highlights included appearances by actor Brandon Polansky of Keep the Change.

Q&As like those featuring Yossi Ghinsberg, author and subject of the film Jungle were incredibly memorable.  

Q&As with first-time writer and director Sophie Brooks and actor Matthew Shear were among audience goers favorites.

And AJFF audiences won't soon forget a special apprearance by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, pictured here with his wife Dara, subject of the documentary Gilbert.

The 2018 AJFF was filled with premieres, sweeping epics, personal narratives, unconventional perspectives, and stories that intersect with other communities.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival wishes to extend our deepest thanks to all who contribute to this annual event, including our funders, community leadership, volunteers and audience. Thank you for furthering our mission to foster cultural understanding through the power of cinematic storytelling.

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