“Thank you for your support and good wishes. I know I speak for all of us that we wish you to be safe, and all being well, we can meet in October at our in-theatre Festival”.
That was the last line of my welcome in May for TJFF2020: Part One.
I guess we all thought (or should I say ‘hoped’) that with any luck, we would be back in theatres by now and that Covid-19 would be a memory. Nobody had any idea how this would play out. It turns out that it (and ‘it’ here being the Festival) will play out in our living rooms again, as we present the 2nd half of TJFF 2020.
Back in March, when the decision was made to move to an online Festival, we had already confirmed a Festival programme of 100 films. After lockdown, the decision was made to split the programme into two parts and this Fall edition is the second part.
I am excited about the selection of films and the interesting Q and A’s we have scheduled. For this fall Festival, the films are accessible throughout Ontario and we hope they will attract viewers from outside the Greater Toronto area.
We have made a delicious lemonade out of the lemons we got.
In this new Jewish year (5781), let us be grateful if we are well and able to enjoy the programme. I wish you a great Festival experience and let’s hope that 2021 will bring us back to the theatres.
And when this (and ‘this’ being Covid-19) is over, I hope we remember how important the Arts were to us all –
We were able to turn on our TV/Computer/radio, and escape to another reality, if only for a short time. Whether with films, conferences, musical performances, or other online artistic deliveries, we could leave reality behind and see that life was still going on but in a different way.
TJFF has always relied on the support of our generous donors. Yet traditionally, fundraising for the Arts is a challenge because it is not about finding a cure for a disease, or growing a university bursary fund — but the Arts manage to nourish our souls.
And during these precarious times, they have helped us to stay safe.
Going forward, let’s keep this in our minds.