In 2015, The Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest, Connecticut’s premiere film festival, experienced its most exciting year yet. Festival-goers, volunteers, visiting artists and speakers, staff, newcomers, friends and sponsors alike came together for a 10-day event that broke every record and set new standards for the future. We welcomed a record 5,500 attendees and 14 guest filmmakers and artists in 9 venues with 19 premiere feature and documentary films.

Congratulations to our audience award winners:

Best Feature Film: Run Boy Run
Best Documentary: Above and Beyond - The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Best Performance: Colleen Welsh as Sophie Tucker

We showcased powerful tear-your-heart-out sagas, amazing stories of resilience and entertaining trips down nostalgia lane plus live entertainment and foodie events for socializing before and after films. The Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival brought the world to Hartford …. and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Planning this festival starts a year in advance, and without the devotion and passion of the Festival committee, Mandell JCC staff, our festival volunteers and more than 100 donors and business supporters, community funders, media sponsors and our loyal fans, our festival would not be the annual cultural destination of choice for Connecticut movie lovers!

Save The Date for our 20th edition:

March 31 - April 10, 2016

See you at the movies!

Nicole Greenblatt & Dr. Benson Monastersky, Co-Chairs
Harriet J. Dobin, Director
19th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

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