The New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) is a preeminent showcase for world cinema that investigates, records, and celebrates the Jewish experience. Founded in 1992, the annual Festival is a collaboration between The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, The New York Jewish Film Festival presents a diverse program of narrative features, documentaries, and short films, including world, United States, and New York premieres. The 23rd annual New York Jewish Film Festival takes place in January 2014.
Numerous films that have appeared in the Festival have subsequently achieved national theatrical releases and/or wider distribution on American public television. These films have included Koch (dir. Neil Barsky, NYJFF 2013), Hava Nagila (The Movie) (dir. Roberta Grossman, NYJFF 2013), Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (dirs. Jonathan Gruber & Ari Daniel Pinchot, NYJFF 2012), Mahler on the Couch (dirs. Percy Adlon & Felix Adlon, NYJFF 2011), Sholem Aleichem (dir. Joseph Dorman, NYJFF 2011), Academy Award nominee Ajami (dirs. Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti, NYJFF 2010), Within the Whirlwind (dir. Marleen Gorris, NYJFF 2010), At Home in Utopia (dir. Michal Goldman, NYJFF 2009), Being Jewish in France (dir. Yves Jeuland, NYJFF 2009), Empty Nest (dir. Daniel Burman, NYJFF 2009), Academy Award nominee Beaufort (dir. Joseph Cedar, NYJFF 2008), Orthodox Stance (dir. Jason Hutt, NYJFF 2008), Praying with Lior (dir. Ilana Trachtman, NYJFF 2008), My Mexican Shivah (dir. Alejandro Springall, NYJFF 2007), The Rape of Europa (dirs. Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, and Nicole Newnham, NYJFF 2007), Live and Become (dir. Radu Mihaileanu, NYJFF 2006), and Academy Award winner Nowhere in Africa (dir. Caroline Link, NYJFF 2003).
A distinguishing feature of the Festival's program is thematic sidebar presentations, which often include premieres of restored archival prints and screenings in conjunction with Jewish Museum exhibitions.