12th Annual Athens Jewish Film Festival
March 21–25, 2020

Athens Ciné—You Can Still Get Your Film Fix.

Although Athens Ciné  will remain closed until further notice based on the current Covid-19 crisis, they have partnered with film distributors to bring great film to your living room while quarantined. 

By going to athenscine.com you will see some of the wonderful movies they are showing. This is a great way to support Ciné! Once you buy the movie from the Ciné site, the distributor pays them 50% of the ticket. This is huge for Ciné to continue bringing in income.

Dear Friends,

The Athens Jewish Film Festival has partnered with one of our long-time distributors, Menemsha Films to support their streaming movie service, Chai Flicks. The sign up for 30 days is free, and there is a nominal monthly or yearly charge thereafter. Although the AthensJFF receives no payments from Menemsha; we feel that it is important to support our fellow Jewish film distributors. If interested please click here.  

We hope you are all safe and staying home!  We look forward to seeing you again soon!

The Athens Jewish Film Festival

Enjoy some of your favorite  films during a free 30-day streaming trial at Chai Flicks.


Dear Friends:
Due to COVID-19 and confirmed cases in the Athens-Clarke County area, we find it necessary to cancel the Athens Jewish Film Festival. We did not make this decision lightly, but feel that this is what we need to do to protect the health of our patrons; which is the most important part of our decision.

Paid patrons will be notified via a separate email. We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to our thirteenth festival to be held Winter-Spring 2021.

The full slate of our great films for the 2020 Festival is now complete!

PLUS…The 2020 Shorts Competition Winners Have Been Chosen…
Check Them Out!



Opening Night Gala Feature Film Selected

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

The origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, “Fiddler on The Roof,” and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when “tradition” was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.
For the first time, intimate interviews with the show’s creators reveal how he tremendous success and worldwide impact of Fiddler and its subsequent film adaptation is most appropriately viewed through the lens of the social upheaval and change in mid-20th century America.
Yet, as the film shows,the true wonder of wonders and miracle of “Fiddler” is that audiences world-wide and for the last half century claim the story as their own.
The documentary explores a variety of international productions of the show, detailing how individuals of many cultures see themselves in the residents of Anatevka. The film includes major worldwide productions from Canada, The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, as well as the last Broadway production revival with Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht.


 The 2020 Athens Jewish Film Festival will feature it’s first pre-festival special film event with a 30th anniversary screening ofAvalon,” Barry Levinson’s classic filmic look at the evolution of a Jewish immigrant family, and the effects of media and suburbanization on that family’s lives. More Info >>


The story by Andrew Shearer, run also in “The Augusta Chronicle,” says “For over a decade, the Athens Jewish Film Festival has remained an unmatched source of excellence in the local film culture.” READ ONLINE ATHENS >

2020 Opening Night Gala & Opening Night Film
Tickets & Information

The 2020 Athens JFF will continue our expanded 5-day schedule of films & events for an enhanced festival experience.

Our 2020 festival will begin on March 21 with a Celebratory Gala at the Georgia Museum of Art on the UGA campus. 

Mama’s Boy will present an exceptional dinner, paired with light adult beverages.

After the Gala, we’ll be screening our opening night film—“Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.”

Your Opening Night Gala Tickets cover the entire evening’s events, and are available for $65.00.

2020 Festival Passes

The Festival Pass allows patrons to attend our Opening Night Film following our Gala,* in addition to viewing all Athens Ciné screenings of feature films & the Shorts Com­pe­tition winners, March 21-25, 2020.

Your Pass will also include the Closing Night Film with noshes @Ciné Lab. You can enjoy substantial savings over single ticket prices on all 9 feature films & series of shorts when you buy Festival Passes!

Festival Passes for the 2020 festival available for $55.00.

*Festival Pass patrons will be seated at the Opening Night Film after Gala patrons have been seated.

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Sponsorships, Print Ads, & Donations

If you would like to support our efforts with a Donation, Sponsorship or an Ad in our Print Program, please select from the “Support Athens JFF” menu above.

The journey that we have taken together over our first decade has led to our ever-burgeoning success—from the festival’s birth to its communally nurtered growth—and would not have been possible without you! See Barbette Hauser’s musings in “Flagpole.”
We greatly appreciate your support!

Many thanks and our appreciation to the organizations, businesses, and individuals for their support of the 2019 Athens Jewish Film Festival
You can find a complete list of our supporters, along with links to our sponsors here.