The Denver Jewish Film Festival at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center Brings Israeli and Jewish Cinema to Denver March 11-29

27th annual festival features 39 films in two theaters and streaming on-demand from March 20-29 ~

DENVER, Colo., February 8, 2023 – The 27th annual Denver Jewish Film Festival powered by The Chotin Foundation at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center will include 39 films including nine shorts and one TV mini-series showcasing cinema from 14 countries. The festival will be held in-person from March 11-19. All films will be available for streaming on-demand from March 20-29. Tickets and festival passes are on sale now.

“Our goal with the Denver Jewish Film Festival is to create community around live screenings of the best and brightest cinematic moments from newly-released Jewish and Israeli directors and filmmakers,” said Rich Cowden, general manager of the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center. “Keep in mind, the festival is not just for those who are Jewish, but anyone looking to experience the joy and sense of community that a film festival provides. This year, we are especially excited to bring back in-person talk backs after several showings to enhance the experience for our in-person attendees.”

Films will be shown in two venues at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center including The Elaine Wolf Theatre, which is the main theater, and The Pluss Theatre, which offers a lounge like atmosphere for some of the “off the beaten path” screenings at the festival this year.

For a complete list of films visit https://djff.eventive.org/welcome. Films to highlight include:

  • Farewell Mr. Haffmann – Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. (opening night): PARIS 1941. François Mercier is an ordinary man whose only goal is to start a family with Blanche, the woman he loves. François works for Mr. Haffmann, a talented Jewish jeweler. Under the German occupation, the employer and employee are forced to strike a deal which, over the following months, will upend the fate of all concerned.
  • The Swimmer – Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m.: Erez, a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school, where the one to win the competition gets a ticket to the Olympics. There he meets the beautiful and talented Nevo, who awakens subconscious desires in him. However, their swimming coach does not believe in friendship between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is still too attracted to him. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings and understands that winning a medal is less important than winning Nevo’s heart.
  • The Man in the Basement – Sunday, March 19 at 8 p.m. (closing night): In this taut psychological thriller based on a true story, a benign real estate deal becomes a sinister standoff between a bourgeoisie French couple and a dangerous negationist. A Parisian architect (Jérémie Renier) sells his flat’s unused cellar to a former history teacher (François Cluzet), well-mannered and seemingly normal. But when he takes up residence, the stranger’s secret life as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist emerges. As the couple struggles to rescind the sale, the increasingly menacing buyer threatens to turn the family’s idyllic world upside down. Provocative and superbly acted, this nightmare scenario will keep audiences guessing from one unsettling moment to the next.

“We look forward to sponsoring the Denver Jewish Film Festival for the third year in a row,” said Robin Chotin, director of The Chotin Foundation. “Our goal is to support organizations that provide expanded access of arts and cultural programs to Colorado communities, along with funding programs that create cultural and educational experiences for families, children and individuals with an emphasis on the Jewish community. The Denver Jewish Film Festival fits perfectly into this by providing diverse and thought-provoking high quality films and the Jewish themes seem to create a greater sense of community and lift the human experience in a way no other medium does.”

To see the complete lineup of films and to purchase tickets, visit https://djff.eventive.org/welcome. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center Box Office located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver from Feb. 8-March 10 and March 20-29 from 12-4 p.m. From March 11-19, during the in-person festival, the box office will be open one hour before all earliest in-person screenings. Pricing for individual tickets and festival passes is as follows:

  • Individual tickets to in-person events – $15 per person for adults, $13 for students and seniors
  • All-Access Festival Pass – One individual admission to all in-person and virtual events, including Opening Night VIP reception $420 ($900 value)
  • 10 Pack Pass – 10 total admissions to use as you see fit. Bring yourself to 10 movies, or 10 friends to one movie $125 ($150 value)
  • Virtual films – $15 per household per film

The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center follows the direction of the CDC, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and local Denver government for its health and safety policy. Ticket holders will be responsible for affirming their commitment to following any and all health and safety policies upon purchasing seats for in-person screenings. For information on policies, visit https://djff.eventive.org/2023Policies.  

About Jcc Mizel Arts And Culture Center
As one of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier arts organizations, the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at-large. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and is guided by a mission that is focused specifically on arts and cultural programs. A variety of festivals are offered throughout the year including Denver Jewish Film Festival, JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music Fest), and ReelAbilities Film Festival. The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org/arts-culture or call 303-316-6360.

About Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center
The Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) serves the metro-Denver area through educational, social, cultural, fitness, sports and other programs that are rooted in Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place, guided by these timeless Jewish values. The JCC Denver’s five program areas focus on connection, community and well-being and include: a robust fitness, sports, tennis and aquatic center; early childhood engagement, including the Early Learning School and a variety of programs for families; the Mizel Arts and Culture Center which offers the Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival (JAAMM Fest), Denver Jewish Film Festival, and ReelAbilities Film Festival; summer camps including Ranch Camp and Camp Shai; and engagement programming for teens, young adults, seniors and the LGBTQIA+ community. The JCC Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org, like us on Facebook and Instagram @jccdenver or call (303) 399-2660.

About The Chotin Foundation
The Chotin Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 as the charitable giving organization for the Steven B. Chotin and Robin D. Chotin family and The Chotin Group Corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of individuals, children and families with particular interest in Jewish community causes as well as secular charitable initiatives in the areas of arts and culture, education, and health and wellness.

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