About Portland Jewish Film Festival (PJFF)

The Portland Jewish Film Festival began in 1993, and holds its 24th season in 2016. It began on a modest scale at the Oregon coast for a weekend of films along with the comments of local film critics. This continued for five years. Interest was so high that a full scale film festival was launched in Portland, as a partnership between the Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest and Northwest Film Center. The festival is now one of the oldest in the country and screens twelve to fifteen films every year, drawn from countries all over the world. A few highlights of the past years include: The Rape of Europa, Shanghai Ghetto, Fateless, Camera Obscura, A History of Israeli Cinema, and Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde. Attendance is now over 2,500 each year.

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About IJS and NWFC

nwfc logoNorthwest Film Center (NWFC) is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education, and information programs primarily directed to the residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. NWFC produces and provides artistic direction for the Portland Jewish Film Festival.
IJS logoThe Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest (IJS) founded in 1983, is a nonprofit organization that encourages people throughout the community to join together in learning about Jewish history, culture, and life. The Institute sponsors conferences, lectures, theater and film events, weekend retreats, and other offerings of interest.