The year 2017 marks the 26th edition of the New York Jewish Film Festival. We are delighted by continuing our partnership between the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center to bring you the finest narrative and documentary films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience.

This year’s festival features a wide-ranging and exciting lineup of films and shorts from the iconic to the iconoclastic. Including global, U.S., and New York premieres, a tribute to actress and cabaret artist Valeska Gert, a 50th anniversary screening of Mel Brooks’s The Producers, and a related poster exhibition honoring the life and work of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, this year’s NYJFF will entertain film lovers from all backgrounds.

Selection Committee:

This year’s New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Director, THE OFFICE performing arts + film; Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media, Jewish Museum and Coordinator, New York Jewish Film Festival; Jens Hoffmann, Director of Special Exhibitions and Public Programs, Jewish Museum and Curator for Special Programs, New York Jewish Film Festival; Dennis Lim, Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator, Jewish Museum and Director, New York Jewish Film Festival; and Tyler Wilson, Programming Coordinator, Film Society of Lincoln Center.


The New York Jewish Film Festival is made possible by the Martin and Doris Payson Fund for Film and Media. Generous support is also provided by Wendy Fisher and Dennis Goodman, Mimi and Barry Alperin, an anonymous gift, the Ike, Molly and Steven Elias Foundation, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Amy and Howard Rubenstein, Steven and Sheira Schacter, and through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council. Additional support is provided by Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and the German Consulate General New York. The Film Society of Lincoln Center receives additional support for the New York Jewish Film Festival from The Jack & Pearl Resnick Foundation.


Dakota Arkin, Volunteer; Nicola Galliner, Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg; Stuart Hands, Toronto JFF; Judy Ironside, UK Jewish Film; Marlene Josephs, Volunteer; Aviva Kempner; Frances Kilgour, BBC; Philippa Kowarsky, Cinephil; Claudia Landsberger, BaseWorx For Film; Julija Lazutkaite, Visiting Assistant; Linda Lipson, Volunteer; Joanna Ney; Miriam Niedergang, Film Festival Intern; Richard Peña; Sharon Rivo, Lisa Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film; Oren Rudavsky; Sam Sarowitz, Posteritati; Barton Byg, Hiltrud Schulz, DEFA Film Library; Isaac Zablocki, JCC in Manhattan

For Valeska Gert programming, special thanks to Gian Luca Farinelli, Il Cinema Ritrovato/Cineteca Bologna; J. Hoberman; Volker Schlöndorff; and the following archives: British Film Institute; Deutsches Filminstitut; and the National Film Archive, Czech Republic.