2021 FESTIVAL: November 11–16

The 19th annual Austin Jewish Film Festival will be like no other! The festival will be a hybrid format with physical screenings at the Galaxy Highland theater at Hwy. 290 and I-35, as well as simultaneous online showings, allowing you to enjoy it your way—in person or online. And of course we’ll be showing the latest and greatest Jewish films as well as hosting Q&A events and parties.

Our new home at the Galaxy Highland theater at 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752 allows us a number of great benefits:

  • Multiple screens, so we can offer a choice of two or three films in most timeslots.
  • Huge, power reclining seats in all theaters.
  • On-site parties for opening and closing nights.
  • Easy access from all over the city with abundant free parking.

Here’s the skinny on what you need to know:
When?

The main festival is from Thursday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 16, at the Highland Galaxy theaters.  There is also a special pre-festival comedy event (The New Jew) on Tuesday, November 2, at Congregation Agudas Achim.  Full details on each program can be found on on its event page, which can be accessed from our online event guides.  For a simple overview of all the full length films, download the At a Glance Festival Schedule document.

What?

This year we’ll have more than 50 films in the festival, between shorts, feature-length fiction films, and documentaries.  The festival has a hybrid format, with all feature-length fiction and documentary films available to watch in-theater OR online.  Our tag line is “Oy Vey! Enjoy it YOUR way!”  You can choose how you want to participate in each program.

All short films are available to watch online for FREE.  Some shorts will also be included in our two shorts programs in-theater, also presented for free, as will the excellent documentary Xueta Island on the afternoon of Saturday, November 13. You must still obtain tickets to attend free programs.

  • Short films will be available online during the entire festival, from November 11 – 16. Short films are color coded green in our online event guides.
  • Feature-length films will be available online for 48 hours from noon on the day they play in the theater.  For instance, Plan A begins in-theater at 7:45 PM on Saturday, November 13.  Plan A will thus be available to watch anytime online from noon on Saturday, November 13, until noon on Monday, November 15.  In-theatre and online events are listed separately, with in-person events listed in blue, and online events listed in red in the online event guides.
  • Special note:  The four episodes of The New Jew will be available to watch from noon on November 2 until noon on November 11.

Festival policies, including COVID policies can be seen here.

Galaxy lobby.
Super comfortable seating in all theaters.
Q&A programs

There will be live Q&A programs at our three special events:   The New Jew on November 2, opening night on November 11 (Hester Street), and closing night on November 16 (Persian Lessons).  Audiences attending virtually will be able to participate via Zoom.  Tickets for the Q&A are automatically included with the purchase of virtual tickets to these events, but if you are a pass-holder and want to join in the Q&A online, you will need to register for a free Q&A ticket, which is available here.

How?

There are a variety of ways to participate in festival events, depending on whether you want to attend just a few events, or many and also if you plan to attend in person or online.  These are outlined below.

  • Festival Memberships all include either an All Access Festival Pass or a Combo Pass AND a contribution to the festival.  Members are therefore, by definition, pass-holders and all the pass-holder instructions below apply to members.
    Note:  the sale of tickets and passes provides only a portion of the funding for the festival.  The rest comes from contributions from Memberships, donations, and grants.
  • Passes:  
    • The All Access Festival Pass provides unlimited access for one person to attend all festival events (including the 11/2 The New Jew event and all parties).  The All Access Festival Pass provides BOTH in-person AND online access, so you can choose how you want to participate in events on an event-by-event basis.  For instance, you might choose to attend the opening night film in-person so you can participate in the party and watch the film on the big screen, but watch other films from home. That’s fine – Enjoy it YOUR WAY!   
    • The Combo Pass is new for this year and includes BOTH an All Access Festival Pass AND an AJFF365 subscription, for twelve months of access to AJFF365 events, our monthly film program.  Thus the Combo Pass provides access for one person to all events programmed by AJFF for a full year.
    • Badges for passes can be picked up at the first event you attend (including the 11/2/21 The New Jew event.) 
    • For all in-person events, badge holders should show up 20 minutes or more before show time with their badges and join the special early access line for badge holders to be admitted before general admission.  Pass-holders do not need to obtain any tickets for themselves! Badges just need to be scanned for access to all in-person events.
    • Pass-holders wanting to watch online just need to log in to our watch portal at virtual.goelevent.com using the same email address and password they used to purchase their Membership or pass.  All films will be visible on the portal but will be playable only on the following schedule:
      • Short films will be available online for the entire festival, from November 11 – 16.
      • Feature length films will be available online for 48 hours from noon on the day they play in the theater.  For instance Plan A begins in-theater at 7:45 PM on Saturday, November 13.  Plan A will thus be available to watch online anytime from noon on Saturday, November 13 until noon on Monday, November 15.
      • Special note:   The 4 episodes of The New Jew will be available to watch from noon on November 2 until noon on November 11.
  • Tickets:
    • For in-person events, each person needs their own ticket, which needs to be scanned.  Tickets may be presented on your phone, or you can print them out and present the paper ticket to the usher.
    • There are a few different tickets available this year.
      • Special event tickets cost $36 ($34 when purchased online).
        • There are three special events:  The New Jew on 11/2, opening night (Hester Street) on 11/11, and closing night (Persian Lessons) on 11/16.  These events include a reception with light food and drink before the film, access to the event, and a live Q&A following the film.
        • NOTE:  There is no onsite ticketing for The New Jew on 11/2 – tickets must be purchased online in advance.
        • There are separate tickets for in-person and online events, and these are not interchangeable.  Be sure to purchase the type of ticket you want depending on how you plan to attend.  
      • Regular event tickets cost $12 onsite ($10 when purchased online)
        • There are separate tickets for in-person and online events, and these are not interchangeable.  Be sure to purchase the type of ticket you want depending on how you plan to attend.  
      • Free tickets
        • For free events.  There is no cost for these, but you must obtain a ticket.  This provides your access to the event.  
    • Tickets for each event are found on the page for the event in our online event guides.
    • Tickets are sent as attachments to the order confirmation.  Be sure to print or show the ticket attachment and not the order confirmation email to the usher.

If you choose to participate virtually, we have information on how you can watch on your TV.

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