And that’s a wrap!
This year’s film festival was a smashing success! Here are the results of our festival award ballots:
BusinessDen.com Audience Award for Best Narrative Film: Shoelaces, 98.04% Approval Rating
MorEvents Audience Award for Best Documentary Film: Witness Theater, 96.67% Approval Rating
Best Short Film: How to Swim, 94.23% Approval Rating
If you attended the film festival this year, please take a few moments to fill out our survey HERE.
Presented by the Sturm Family Foundation
February 5 – 19, 2020
We couldn’t be more proud of the films we’re playing for you this year, and the way these films bring us together to inspire us, challenge us, and expand the way we view the world and each other. We’ll be featuring gorgeously-shot coming-of-age debuts (Fig Tree; Leona); intergenerational heart-warmers (Witness Theater; Shoelaces; Back to Maracanã); a slew of biographies, from the story of a baseball-playing spy (The Spy Behind Home Plate) and a basketball icon (Aulcie), to a fashion designer (Mrs. G), Israeli politicians (King Bibi; Golda), a media mogul (Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People), a daring wildlife photographer (Picture of His Life), a French novelist (Promise at Dawn), and even record label founders (It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story). We have over a dozen short films, both paired with various feature films and with each other (Short Film Package: Parenting). We have stories of environmental justice to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat. We even, for the first time ever, will have a VR film for patrons to enjoy during President’s Day Weekend!
We are thrilled to kick off the 2020 festival with Crescendo, a drama about the power of music to promote peace and dialogue, courtesy of our Opening Night sponsors, Israel Investment Advisors. Their support, alongside the support of our title sponsor, Sturm Family Foundation, our organizational sponsor, SCFD, and all of our individual DJFF sponsors, make this festival possible.
You know what else makes this festival possible? Our volunteer reviewers. It takes over 50 volunteer reviewers submitting nearly 1,500 reviews to curate our program. We couldn’t do it without you!
This is your Jewish Film Festival, Denver.
2020 DJFF FILM LINEUP:
Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm: Anne Frank: Parallel Stories at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Sloan’s Lake
Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 pm (VIP Opening Night Reception) & 7:00 pm (film): Opening Night – Crescendo
Thursday, February 6, 5:30 pm: Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Thursday, February 6, 7:45 pm: My Name is Sara
Friday, February 7, 1:00 pm: Witness Theater preceded by A Night at the Garden
Saturday, February 8, 7:00 pm: Golda’s Balcony, the Film
Saturday, February 8, 9:15 pm: Standing Up, Falling Down preceded by Optimistic Realist
Sunday, February 9, 11:00 am: The Spy Behind Home Plate
Sunday, February 9, 1:15 pm: Flawless preceded by Butterflies in Berlin
Sunday, February 9, 3:45 pm: Those Who Remained
Monday, February 10, 5:30 pm: Sustainable Nation
Monday, February 10, 7:30 pm: Picture of His Life
Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 pm: The Keeper
Tuesday, February 11, 8:00 pm: Fig Tree
Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 pm: Echo preceded by Terror
Wednesday, February 12, 7:45 pm: Leona preceded by YidLife Crisis: The Double Date
Thursday, February 13, 5:30 pm: It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story
Thursday, February 13, 8:00 pm: Working Woman preceded by Division Ave
Friday, February 14, 1:00 pm: Mrs. G
Saturday, February 15, 7:00 pm: Aulcie
Saturday, February 15, 9:15 pm: Winter Hunt
Sunday, February 16, 11:00 am: Why the Jews? preceded by Keh-hee-lah and 100 Faces
Sunday, February 16, 1:15 pm: King Bibi
Sunday, February 16, 3:15 pm: Shoelaces
Sunday, February 16, 5:30 pm: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
Sunday, February 16, 7:45 pm: Tel Aviv on Fire
Monday, February 17, 12:30 pm: Short Film Package: Parenting
Monday, February 17, 2:30 pm: Back to Maracanã
Monday, February 17, 5:30 pm: Promise at Dawn
Monday, February 17, 8:00 pm: The Unorthodox
Tuesday, February 18, 5:30 pm: Golda
Tuesday, February 18, 7:30 pm: Redemption (Geula)
Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 pm: Golda’s Balcony, the Film (encore)
Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 pm: Aulcie (encore)