In 2020, when Covid first reared its ugly head, TJFF was the first Festival to go online because of the excellence of Jeremie Abessira, our Director of Operations and the team at TJFF, who made magic and took us there.
Films and filmmaker interviews from around the world became the reality of the day as we escaped from the world of lockdowns.
At that time, on a radio interview about the Festival, I made this passionate statement.
“When this nightmare is over, as it will be someday, I hope we all remember how important the arts were in taking us away from the nothingness of lockdown days that stretched before us. The arts nurtured our souls”.
Thankfully, those days did come to an end we are free to rejoin the world of arts and entertainment.
Last year, for our 30th Festival we held Opening Night in person, encouraging masks and social-distancing. Much to our delight, a few hundred people came out. For most of them, it was their first foray into a public gathering and they could not stop smiling: they were so happy to be there.
For Festival 31, we have planned more in-person screenings with guests, as we continue to re-engage with the world of international film as we begin to play again.
As summer approaches, with good weather on the way, we encourage you to join us for some special programs to celebrate Jewish film from around the world.
Whether with us at the theatre or in your home theatre, we’re waiting for you.
Let the celebration begin!
A note about the TJFF Legacy Endowment Fund
The TJFF Legacy Endowment Fund was created to ensure the future of the Festival for our children, grandchildren and the many filmgoers that appreciate the existence of films celebrating Jewish culture all over the world.
If you are interested in learning more about the need for such a fund, please do not hesitate to contact me either at the in-person screenings or by e-mail: email@example.com