ABOUT CJFF

The Carmel Jewish Film Festival is now entering its tenth year. Through the power and artistry of cinema, the festival seeks to engage the greater  community in meaningful dialogue on important issues of our day. While informed by a uniquely Jewish sensibility, our films communicate themes and messages with universal appeal to a wide audience drawn from the Monterey area and beyond. Our festival's accompanying programs further engage mind and heart through discussion and social interaction. We hope that our festival will help bridge cultural and religious differences and contribute to solidarity and peace.

Events 2020 
(check often for updates)
Let's Roll out the Red Carpet for Actress Alexandra Silber
                       Opening Night Saturday, March 7

Broadway and London West End Actress, Al Silber, will enhance the Opening Night of the CJFF with a Q & A, performance, and signing of her book After Anatevka following the film, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles. The night begins with a special reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts. 

Al starred as Tzetl in the last revival of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway in 2015. She was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for her portrayal of Maria (opposite Cheyenne Jackson as Tony) with the San Francisco Symphony in a concert presentation of West Side Story, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.  Learn more about Alexandra Silber by clicking here.

Help us give a warm welcome to Alexandra and join us for the 10th year kick-off anniversary event.

CJFF Presents *Violins of Hope on Sunday,March 8
for Exclusive Area Appearance with Violinist Cookie Segelstein

The Violins of Hope is a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. These instruments

have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering,
resilience, and survival. Click here for more about the Violins of Hope story.

On Sunday, March 8, several of these violins will travel to Carmel for a performance and Q & A with by renowned violinist

Cookie Segelstein following the film, Violins of Hope. There will be a reception at 2:00 PM at the Carmel High School Center

for the Performing Arts followed by the film and program. Tickets will go on sale in January. Click here to learn more about

Cookie Segelstein.

The CJFF is honored to be a partner with Violins of Hope San Francisco Bay Area in association with

Music at Kohl Mansion, Burlingame, as these violins have their West Coast debut. The CJFF will be the only appearance of

the Violins of Hope in the tri-county area. The Monterey County Symphony and Chamber Music Monterey will be partnering

with the CJFF for this special event.

Hungarian-born Film Director Eva Gardos Tells her Story at March 14 Event

Following a reception and the Hungarian crime thriller Budapest Noir on Saturday, March 14, Eva Gardos will participate in a Q & A. Eva began her career with Francis Ford Coppola as a production assistant for Apocalypse Now.  Her screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, An American Rhapsody, starred a young Scarlett Johansson.  This film was based on the true-life events of Éva’s family escaping from Hungary in the 1950s and being forced to leave their infant child (Éva).

The evening will begin with a reception followed by the film and Q & A. To learn more about Eva, click here.

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