Dear Friends,

On behalf of The Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, we welcome you to our 7th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. This is the JCCV’s major, annual cultural event.

The VIJFF not only brings together members and supporters of the Jewish community, but is also a way to extend friendship to the broader community. We offer a cinematic celebration of Jewish cultural life and history from Israel and throughout the world.

As with last year’s festival, this year’s continues with the virtual on-line format as the pandemic continues.

Because we’re entering year two of the pandemic, the Festival committee decided to offer a “Feel- Good” mini festival from June 6-10, offering 3 comedy themed films. We will kick this off with a live, opening night comedy feast featuring four comedy acts. We all deserve this much needed relief.

The main festival will occur on three consecutive weekends from October 16 to November 2 featuring 7 dramatic and documentary films.

We aim to bring you films that cover a wide range of genres. In all, we hope the Festival will make you laugh or smile, reach your heart and soul or offer reflection.

Of course mounting a festival with its myriad components can only be undertaken with a wonderfully dedicated cast of volunteers who put in countless hours over the course of many months.

The VIJFF is made possible through many generous financial contributions from our sponsors, major donors and contributors. And we thank you, our viewing public, who are an essential part of our festival family and friends.

We would also like to recognize the wonderful contributions over time by the VIJFF founding director Sandra Glass.

Without further adieu, we welcome you to enjoy and relish in this year’s cinematic offering.

Sincerely,

Farley Cates and Deborah Bricks
2021 VIJFF co-directors