The annual Denver Jewish Film Festival (DJFF), powered by The Chotin Foundation, presents the best and brightest cinematic moments from newly released Israeli and Jewish cinema. With more than two dozen captivating screenings, the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center uses the power of cinema to entertain, challenge, and educate diverse audiences of theatre lovers.

DJFF affords movie-goers the opportunity to see Jewish films that are not readily available in theatres and to regularly enjoy post-film “talk backs” that allow patrons the opportunity to unpack the various scintillating yet often challenging themes that surface as part of the DJFF viewing experience. The high quality of the films and the Jewish themes seem to create a greater sense of community and lift the human experience in a way no other medium does.

2021 Festival Highlights

  • First ever virtual Denver Jewish Film Festival, which streamed entirely online.
  • Films featured powerful stories of social justice, from the African American Jewish alliance in the civil rights movement to bio-docs highlighting those fighting hate and violence with compassion.
  • Nearly 50% of festival films were helmed by women.
  • Featured queer narratives that were heartstring-pulling.
  • Offered family-friendly programs to ensure there was something for everyone.

The 2022 DJFF at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center will run from February 14-22, 2022, in-person and on-demand, and now features an entirely “virtual festival” beginning February 23. The upcoming festival will feature upwards of 30 films, offering screenings of narrative and documentary features as well as numerous “shorts” presented in a hybrid model to allow optimal access to an ever-expanding international audience.

From February 14-22, the festival will offer in-person screenings of approximately 20 films — each of which will be viewable on-demand for several days beyond its screening date for audience members who cannot attend in person or who prefer to watch from the comfort of home.


Then, on February 23, DJFF will present another 10-15 films which will only be available virtually for a set, consistent number of days. The festival as a whole will be curated to present the most compelling Jewish-themed content from around the world — with films from over a dozen countries, made by an enormously diverse group of artists — across every conceivable platform in order to be accessible to virtually anyone, anywhere.

Tickets — including all-access passes for in-person, on-demand, and virtual screenings — will go on sale mid-January.

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