About the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

The Vancouver Jewish Film Centre is proud to host the longest-running Jewish film festival in Canada, showcasing the diversity of Jewish culture, heritage and identity through film.

Since 1988, with the help of our generous and dedicated community sponsors, we have presented high quality comedies, dramas, thrillers, hot and timely documentaries and whimsical shorts.

Formerly held at the beloved and lamented Ridge Theatre, the Festival’s primary venue since 2013 has been the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. In 2016, we added screenings at the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre.  In 2018, we further extended the Festival’s reach around the Lower Mainland as we expanded to two additional venues: the Kay Meek Studio Theatre in West Vancouver; and the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody.

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(Above: Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion performed in-person to present new episodes of their show, Yidlife Crisis, on the big screen at the 2018 Festival.)

Every year we strive to bring you a most entertaining and intriguing experience! Each year’s Festival features:

  • Guest filmmakers, directors, writers, producers
  • Panel discussion groups and audience participation
  • Comedies, narrative features and thought provoking documentaries
  • Opening and closing hosted receptions
  • Special screenings, receptions and multiple events
  • Special screening in honour of the late Peter Oberlander

The Vancouver Jewish Film Centre is responsible for operating in compliance with the Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC. To attend a Vancouver Jewish Film Centre film screening (which may not have been classified by Consumer Protection BC), you must be a Vancouver Jewish Film Centre member. Membership is by annual subscription and is limited to persons who are 18 years of age or over. Only members are permitted to be present at the place where a non-classified film is being exhibited.