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Guide to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

With 202 screenings over 23 days at seven different venues, you need a plan to get the most out of this premier film event.

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Each year, Atlanta and its suburbs host the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The 2017 AJFF lineup includes 202 screenings including 75 films from 24 countries. Tickets for the festival go on sale on Jan. 18, 2017. The festival takes place over 23 days at seven different venues. Before you go, here's what you need to know.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Dates: Jan. 24 - Feb. 15, 2017

Location: The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival primarily takes place at seven venues throughout the metro Atlanta area, including Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, GTC Merchants Walk, UA Tara Cinemas, Regal Perimeter Pointe, Lefont Sandy Springs, Regal Atlantic Station, and Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall. Most locations have parking lots and decks on site. Big venues charge a parking fee, whereas local cinemas usually do not.

Tickets: Ticket costs vary by event. Individual screening tickets are less costly than tickets to opening and closing events. Tickets generally sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, you'll want to purchase your admission passes as soon as you are able. 

Know Before You Go

Seating – All screenings are seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Movie-goers are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes before their screening starts.

Recording Devices – The use of cameras or other recording devices is strictly prohibited during screenings.

Cancellations – Some screenings may be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the event’s control. All ticket sales are final, and there are no refunds or returns. 

Standby List – If an event sells out, a standby list may be created. Those wishing to be added to a standby list must present themselves in person at the event venue on the day of the show to be added to the list. No email or phone requests will be accepted. 

Where to Eat

Spring greens & grilled apricots, pineapple & peaches at Farm to Ladle. - Photo: Facebook

Numerous restaurants have partnered with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to offer discounts to attendees. Some of the restaurants include:

Gusto! (Peachtree Road and Ponce De Leon Ave. locations.) – Present your 2017 AJFF Program Guide to get “buy one get one free” entrees. 

Sufi’s Kitchen (1814 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Ga.) – Mention AJFF and receive 20% off.

Farm to Ladle (Avalon and Ponce City Market locations) – Get 20% off when you dine within 24 hours of seeing a AJFF screening by presenting your ticket stub. 

Café Sunflower (5975 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, Ga.) – Free glass of iced tea with AJFF ticket stub.

Hammocks Trading Company (7285 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, Ga.) – Complementary dessert with a $20 purchase when you mention the festival.

Breadwinner Café (220 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs, Ga.) - Get 20% off when you dine within 24 hours of seeing a AJFF screening by presenting your ticket stub.]

Zafron Restaurant (236 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, Ga.) – Show your AJFF ticket stub and receive a free dessert.

Under the Cork Tree (5600 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, Ga.) – Complementary dessert with a $20 purchase when you mention the festival. 

Must-See Films

"Alone in Berlin" stars Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson as German parents on an anti-Nazi crusade after losing their son on the battlefield during World War II. The films costumes and rich cinematography provide a stunning look at a complicated time in Germany’s history. Based on a true story. 

The racial prejudice of the 1936 Olympic Games is examined in the film "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice."

Broadway fans won’t want to miss "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened," which provides a look into the legendary Stephen Sondheim flop "Merrily We Roll Along," which ran for only 52 previews and 16 performances in 1981.

"The Last Laugh" takes on the taboo topic of Holocaust humor as discussed by famous comedians including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, and Chris Rock.

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more festival content from Eileen.

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