NJJFF Virtual Film Festival Frequently Asked Questions
PLEASE NOTE: Online sales for each film will close 2 hours before viewing window opens
Will the same movies that were originally planned, be available virtually?
Most of the films presented in the virtual NJJFF are the same as those originally planned for live screening at the Maurice Levin Theater at JCC Metrowest. Tel Aviv on Fire, Aulcie, An Afternoon of Shorts, and From Cairo to the Cloud were not available for the virtual festival. Please contact [email protected] to exchange your tickets for another film. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
I already became an NJJFF sponsor or bought tickets to the film festival. Will they still be honored?
Yes! Anyone who purchased tickets or is a sponsor should already have received an email from our staff to confirm the information and make any necessary changes resulting from the shift to virtual. If you did not receive an email, please check your spam or junk mail. If you are still unable to locate the message, please contact [email protected].
How will I access the films from home?
Virtual ticket holders will receive an email with a unique link with instructions to access the films. You will need an email address and reliable internet to participate in the virtual film festival. Films can be streamed on any “smart” device: a smart TV, a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone. If you have the capacity for phone-to-TV-screen mirroring, that is also an option. When will the link for the films arrive? The links for each individual film will arrive at or shortly before the time scheduled for the viewing window to open. If you don’t see the message containing the link in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. Can the films be viewed more than one time? Some films can be paused and re-started throughout the two-day viewing window; however, you must use the same device each time you access the screening link. Other films allow 24 hours once you open the link. You will receive more instructions in that particular film’s email.
How do we access live discussions with guest speakers?
For those films that involve live discussion components, the registration link for the Zoom discussions will arrive in the same message as the viewing link. If you plan to participate in the live discussion, make sure to register in advance. If you prefer to participate in the discussion via telephone rather than a video conference, you must still complete the registration form. The email confirmation you receive for registering will provide phone access information.
Will the discussions be interactive? Will there be an opportunity for questions and answers?
There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance via email. Details will appear in the confirmation email you receive after registering for the discussion. You can also submit questions live via the Zoom chat feature. For security and time, we may need to curate questions to some extent.
What is the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival?
About the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford and now in its 20th year, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF) has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. We screen award-winning premieres and first run Israeli, American, and international films of Jewish interest, followed by thought-provoking post-screening discussions. In addition to our springtime festival, we offer film programs throughout the year, with Extra! screenings and receptions.
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF) fosters the growth of Jewish culture, identity, and community in New Jersey by presenting a wide range of exceptional films of Jewish interest. NJJFF offers audiences direct exposure to directors, performers, writers, reviewers, and scholars.
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival strives to offer our region a rich tapestry of Jewish film programming. Our springtime festival features high-quality, award-winning films. We invite film creatives and other speakers of interest and renown to lead our post-screening discussions.
When is the festival?
For the safety and health of our community, it has become necessary to postpone our 20th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival set to begin on Thursday, March 19. We will reschedule the films when we know we can do so safely. We expect that the modified festival will include screenings throughout the summer, September and October. All purchased tickets will be exchangeable once the new dates are confirmed.
At what venues does the festival take place?
While the bulk of our films are screened at the Maurice Levin Theater at JCC MetroWest in West Orange, we do hold films at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown and Bowties Cinema in South Orange.
At what times do the films screen?
The NJJFF typically holds matinee films Monday-Friday, and on Sundays, as well as evening films Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. All Saturday night films begin at least an hour after sundown.
What films will be at this year’s festival?
Our films and festival schedule will be posted in February. Stay tuned!
How many films will be shown at the festival?
We typically show anywhere from 20-30 films during the festival.
Where can I find out about post-screening discussions and speakers?
Post-screening discussion and speaker info can be found on our Festival Schedule page once it is announced.
What kinds of films does the NJJFF screen?
The New Jersey Jewish Film Festival presents a wide range of exceptional films of Jewish interest, ie films made by Jewish filmmakers or of Jewish content. *Visit our Festival Archive to view films of festivals past.
Can I volunteer at the festival?
Yes! You can get involved by helping us prepare for the festival or by working at the actual event. Please feel free to give us a call at 973-929-2938 or fill out the following form for more information. More details can be found at the Volunteer Information page.
How do I become a sponsor?
Sponsorship can be easily completed online here. If you would rather sponsor by mail, you can download our sponsorship forms here. If neither of these options works for you, please feel free to give us a call at, 973-530-3417, and we will gladly help you over the phone.
What are the benefits of sponsorship?
Sponsor benefits vary depending on the level of sponsorship given. Please see our chart for more details.
Can I go to the NJJFF Sponsor Dinner?
All current 2020 NJJFF Sponsors are invited to the annual NJJFF Sponsor Dinner. You must RSVP in order to attend. Stay tuned for this year’s NJJFF Sponsor Dinner date.
How do you purchase tickets for the festival?
Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone (973-530-3417) or in person during our set box office hours. In person, box office hours will be posted a month before the festival and take place at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange.
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets typically go on sale a month before the screening/start of the festival. Please check back closer to the festival for box office hours.
What happens if a film is sold out?
If a film is sold out, a list will be created at the box office. As tickets become available they will be released in first come first serve order.