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.

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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)