Offering a wholly unique presentation, the 21st annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival attracted an estimated 39,000 moviegoers through the Virtual Cinema and drive-in screenings, while preserving the festival’s tenets of community, representation, storytelling and experience. This year’s festival featured 38 features and 16 short films across 12 days, including four World Premieres, eight North American Premieres, and three U.S. Premieres.
The pivot to a hybrid format allowed AJFF to completely reimagine the festival experience—filled with expanded offerings and tailored programs for audiences of all backgrounds and faiths. A record number of filmmakers, actors, and other guest speakers participated in expanded Q&A programming, continuing the tradition of fostering community dialogue through the cinema arts, and Virtual Lobby lunchtime Zooms, which invited over 600 festivalgoers to join facilitated conversations about some of the most buzzworthy titles in the film lineup. The festival offered special events including Opening and Closing Nights, as well as a Midnight Movie in partnerships with the Buried Alive Film Fest, for those seeking the thrills and chills of a cinematic spookfest. Select special event screenings included a Festival-in-a-Box filled with film-themed items for “festing at home,” as well as food experiences including discounts and gourmet meal options from restaurant and hospitality partners.
“The 21st annual edition expanded our reach while welcoming audiences and film artists from around the world, each component thoughtfully engineered with utmost consideration given to the most dynamic experience possible and the highest standards of excellence,” explained Kenny Blank, our executive director. “The versatility and convenience of virtual afforded AJFF a host of unparalleled opportunities to preserve connections between the festival, audiences and filmmakers. We cannot express our immense gratitude enough to all those who helped elevate this year’s annual festival to new heights.”
The 2021 AJFF officially came to a close with a virtual Awards Show, naming this year’s Jury Prize and Audience Award winners, a testament to the artistic vitality of an extraordinary festival season.
Planning for next year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is already underway, as we continue our commitment to the cinematic arts and cultural diversity. Look for upcoming announcements about year-round programming and our 22nd edition. Stay up-to-date at AJFF.org or sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know about future programs.