The beginning of the year is always a special time in Arizona. Not only do we never have to shovel snow in January and February, we have two of the best Jewish film festivals in the country. The films shown at these festivals celebrate Jewish culture and cultural diversity.
The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival kicks things off and runs from Jan. 5-19. More than 3,000 festival attendees will gain a glimpse of Jewish lives that are worlds away and yet remarkably familiar. The TIJFF is also one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country and one of the longest-running film festivals in Arizona. This year’s festival brings 15 full-length films, and four shorts from around the world to local screens. It also features several international award winners, Arizona premieres and special guests.
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson
$10 for adults; $9 for seniors, active military (ID required) and students (ID required); $125 Festival Pass. For more information, visit tucsonjcc.org
The 2020 Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival runs from February 9-23 at three Harkins Theatres located across the Valley: Scottsdale Shea 14; Tempe Marketplace 16; and Peoria Park West 14. This year’s Festival is the biggest one in their history with 32 feature films, 14 short films and 48 individual screenings. The new screening times this year are 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm, and there is even one Saturday night film. To see previews of all the films and purchase your tickets and film passes, visit gpjff.org.
Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Harkins Park West 14, 9804 W. Northern Ave., Peoria
$11 for adults ($13 at the door); $7 for active military (ID required) and students (ID required, 25 years & under); $150 Festival Pass. For more information, visit gpjff.org.