About the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

The Vancouver Jewish Film Centre (VJFC) 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 community sponsors, we have presented high quality comedies, dramas, thrillers, hot and timely documentaries and whimsical shorts.

The festival is a community-building initiative intended to connect audiences through film and storytelling. According to Robert Albanese, Executive Director of the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival: “While VJFF remains true to its mission of showcasing the diversity of Jewish culture, heritage and identity through film; our festival is fundamentally about building connections among the various communities in Vancouver and celebrating exceptional filmmaking.”

The Festival is held annually and will take place at the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre and Cineplex Fifth Avenue Cinemas in 2020.

We respectfully acknowledge that we live, play, and work on the unceded territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Peoples.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

(In the photos: 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 VJFC is responsible for operating in compliance with the Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC. To attend a film screening (which may not have been classified by Consumer Protection BC), you must be a VJFC 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. Learn more about becoming a member.