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29th Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 3 - 13, 2021

WELCOME TO TJFF2021

Allison Martin
Chair

On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to TJFF2021!

TJFF2021 not only marks the 29th anniversary of our film festival, but also our third online festival.

This past year has been a busy one for the TJFF team, who continue work around the clock to deliver quality programming and overcoming all the challenges faced by the Pandemic each step of the way.  In addition to delivering two successful online festivals in 2020, and ongoing Chai Tea@Home programming, an ongoing community initiative with No Silence on Race (NSoR) was launched with a well-attended screening and panel discussion for Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana and the release of the  NSoR Playlist on J-Flix.

For the upcoming festival, we will be continuing the “TJFF Give Back Initiative” providing the opportunity to donate a portion of your ticket price to The Stop Community Centre and Mazon Canada, to support the vital work these organizations do in feeding the hungry in our community.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal Patron Circle Members, Sponsors, Donors and other attendees for your unwavering support of TJFF.  It is because of each of you that we are able to be here once again and join together in sharing enriching and entertaining cinematic moments.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire TJFF team. What they have accomplished this past year is no small feat, working around the clock and overcoming challenges every step of the way.  I am constantly amazed by the talent, drive and dedication of this small but mighty group of individuals.

I hope you enjoy the wonderful line-up of over 60 films from Canada and around the world that the TJFF programming team have assembled for us.  I also encourage you to participate in the live Zoom Q and A sessions which allow us to feel even more connected as a community.

I wish you and your loved ones continued health and safety. See you “virtually” at the movies!!

Helen Zukerman
Artistic Director
(Credit: Ryan Emberley)

Ever had a really long week and then realize it’s only Tuesday?

That line was funnier a few months ago.

I am writing this for a Wednesday, the day the box office opens for the third instalment of TJFF presented online.

I never thought that TJFF would become an online sitcom series but nevertheless, here we are presenting another virtual Festival, complete with a roster of 60+ films from around the world.

Not only do we have the world premiere of Shelter, Ron Chapman’s incredible story of Toronto and how it grew into the world class city that it is today, but this year, we also have a selection of biographies about people we never knew but who you will not forget once you meet them on screen.

Of course, there are the usual suspects, narratives we love, and to lighten things up, a fun-filled archival selection honouring the people who brought the stories we cherish to the screen, (TV or theatre).

What’s different about this year’s Festival timing is the appearance of vaccines that many of us have begun to receive.

By our next Festival, all of us should be vaccinated, and we will have the opportunity to regain what we have been missing while keeping what has worked with the comfort of home viewing.

So for next year’s Festival you will be able to watch films either in theatres, or in the comfort of your home:  maybe a combination of both.

The choice will be yours to make.

Our year-round screenings, panels and Chai Tea@Home events have been very well attended, so thank you for your loyalty to our ongoing programming.

And now, on with the show!

As the tag line says:

Escape, Explore and Experience the world of film!

Enjoy!

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