Toronto Jewish Film Festival

The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation produces programming and projects offering the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity.  The Foundation is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages, with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.

Through the presentation of international and Canadian films, the Festival aims to be both a window to and a mirror of Jewish culture.  The Festival strives to be inclusive of all aspects of the Toronto community, regardless of age, affiliation or income.  We undertake to show films for their contemporary, popular value, and for their ability to address the subject of Jewish identity.  That is, to be a Jewish Film Festival, and not a film festival for Jewish people.


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October 14, 2021

-October 17, 2021

Celebrated Canadian playwright and filmmaker Jason Sherman goes to Israel to search for the tree that was planted there in his name on the occasion of his bar mitzvah at Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue forty years ago.


September 9, 2021

-September 12, 2021

To honour the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, TJFF presents a heartwarming Israeli classic about a High Holiday miracle.


June 13, 2021

-June 14, 2021

A heartfelt drama inspired by a true story. An unlikely duo in Paris join forces to tackle systemic neglect towards those marginalized by society.


June 4, 2021

-June 6, 2021

Co-writer and co-director Aviva Armour-Ostroff, well known in the Toronto theatre community, delivers a mesmerizing lead performance in this dynamic film about politics, religion, the mental health care system, and parenting.


June 3, 2021

-June 6, 2021

The little-known and inspiring story of how a group of Jewish immigrants helped shape Toronto into one of the most successful multicultural cities in the world by creating affordable, quality, rental housing for post war immigrants. (Closed Captioning available)

Happening Now

May 1, 2021

-May 1, 2022

FilmMatters, is the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation’s educational outreach programme for elementary – secondary school students and teachers across the GTA. 


May 6, 2021

-May 15, 2021

A look at films that have illuminated one of history’s most traumatic events, featuring a carefully curated collection of iconic films as well as our discussions with filmmakers, historians, experts and exclusive introductions.


June 3, 2021

-June 13, 2021

TJFF 2021 features over 60 films, including International, Canadian and Toronto Premieres, all accessible for viewers in Ontario.


April 22, 2021

-April 25, 2021

Academy Award nominee Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers) expertly chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible—securing peace between Israel and its neighbours.


March 17, 2021

-March 24, 2021

The Consulate General of Israel in Toronto & Western Canada is pleased to announce the participation of internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Yonatan Nir in an exclusive moderated discussion on his debut documentary film Dolphin Boy.


March 8, 2021

-March 9, 2021

An honest and beautiful movie with breathtaking cinematography about Hagit, a young woman with a cognitive disability, who is challenged with employment, love, marriage, family involvement and housing. etc…


March 10, 2021

-March 14, 2021

The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation and The Montreal Israeli Film Festival are thrilled to invite you to an exclusive sneak peek at the long-awaited new season!


February 27, 2021

-February 28, 2021

An illuminating exploration of how political, financial and messianic interests intersect, ultimately reshaping American policy towards Israel and the Middle East. 


February 7, 2021

A special screening and Zoom Panel Discussion as Toronto filmmaker Gabrielle Zilkha revisits her critically-acclaimed 2016 documentary.


February 1, 2021

-February 3, 2021

Morley Torgov is an award-winning writer, who brought to life stories about Jewish communities in small-town Ontario with humour, warmth and a critical eye.


January 21, 2021

-January 22, 2021

Set against the beauty of Montreal, this is a sensitive love story that will delight fans of the miniseries Unorthodox.


October 30, 2020

-November 1, 2020

Equal parts Abba, disco and camp, the Swedish international pop group sensation, Army of Lovers, is the subject of this rollicking, upbeat documentary.


November 1, 2020

-November 2, 2020

During the Civil Rights era, Jewish leaders worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King to advance racial equality.


October 25, 2020

Back by popular demand, professor Marc Lapadula returns to TJFF to examine some of the memorable work by filmmakers.


October 22, 2020

-October 25, 2020

Acclaimed director Eytan Fox returns to TJFF with a poignant depiction of the transformative power of love through a cross-generational encounter.


October 29, 2020

-October 31, 2020

TJFF presents an eclectic collection of wonderful new shorts films from around the world, produced in the Yiddish language.


October 22, 2020

-November 1, 2020

Featuring over 50 Films, including 4 North American Premieres, 19 Canadian Premieres and 10 Toronto Premieres International, Canadian and Toronto Premieres!


September 22, 2020

-September 24, 2020

To honour the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, TJFF is proud to offer this special online screening and Zoom Q&A.


August 27, 2020

A panel discussion as part of The Honest Ed’s Experience with Lulu Wei, Itah Sadu, Franca Longobardi, and Ken Greenberg, Gene Mascardelli.


August 25, 2020

-September 2, 2020

TJFF and OJA present a special screening series celebrating the life and legacy of Jewish impresario Ed Mirvish and his beloved discount store, Honest Ed’s, a landmark for generations of immigrants upon their arrival in Toronto.

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