Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Fall Fest will start online on November 7
For its 40th anniversary season, GPJFF has planned a fully immersive and exciting Virtual Fall Fest. From November 7-21, GPJFF will showcase over two dozen virtual programs and special events, including 18 feature film Philadelphia Premieres, two shorts programs, and an episodic Israeli TV series. Other highlights include GPJFF Big Nights, films featuring Breakout and Rising Stars Shira Haas and Rachel Sennott, and an entire day dedicated to new media programming. On Sunday, November 15, enjoy binge-watching an Israeli TV series by the writers of Shtisel, a Master Class with BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, a Jewish visual artists showcase & panel on the intersection of art and activism, and dance performance and workshop by Ariel Rivka Dance.
Forty years ago, Ruth and Archie Perlmutter married their love of Yiddishkeit and cinema and founded the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF). As the Gershman Y’s signature program, PJFF invited Judy Golden to serve as co-chair and selected films from the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s debut lineup. Four decades later, Philadelphia’s first film festival and the nation’s second Jewish film festival has transitioned into a year-round, non-profit film institution dedicated to creating connection and community through Jewish cinema and storytelling. Using film as a vehicle for exploring Jewish values, culture, and heritage, the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) has presented over 750 international films highlighting the diversity and richness of the Jewish experience worldwide.From Olivia Antsis
GPJFF Executive Artistic Director