The Sacramento Jewish Film Festival is thrilled to be celebrating its 20th year in 2019. Once again, we will bring the community together for exciting films, music, food, and discussions and be back at the Crest Theater for three days: Thursday, March 7; Saturday, March 9; and Sunday, March 10, 2019.

The Sacramento Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is proudly sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Our goal is to present films that have Jewish themes and values, and that celebrate the diversity of our Jewish experiences. Our films are intended to educate and entertain both the Jewish community and the greater Sacramento community.


The 2019 film lineup includes nine feature films and five short films from the United States, Israel, Argentina, and Spain. They include documentaries, dramas, and comedies. Many languages will be spoken: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, German, Polish, Yiddish, and Spanish.

Our Film Festival opens with a Violin Program on Thursday, March 7, consisting of the academy-award nominated short-subject film, Joe’s Violin; an on-stage performance by a young violinist and her accompanist, and the documentary film, Itzhak.

There will be a pre-program reception on Saturday, March 9, with the band KlezMeerKats, followed by Havdalah, and then the documentary Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me.

On Sunday morning, March 10, we will start off with a 10:00am film, The Samuel Project, geared to our young people. Admission will be free for students, teachers, and teacher aides. Our Sunday programming will also include the documentary Chasing Portraits, with an introduction by and a post-film discussion led by filmmaker Elizabeth Ryncecki. We are closing our film with a brand-new film by acclaimed Israeli film maker, Avi Nesher. The Other Story has been a smash hit in Israel – it broke records when more than 200,000 Israelis saw the film in its first two weeks. Details about these films and more will be coming soon.

We encourage you to support our Festival by becoming a sponsor or buying an ad in our Festival program. In general, Film Festivals raise about half of their revenue from sponsorships and ads and half from ticket sales. We need your support!


The deadline for becoming a sponsor is February 8, 2019.


The deadline for advertising in the Festial program is Feburary 8, 2019. If you need assistance with you ad design, the deadline is February 1, 2019.


The Festival is organized by the Jewish Federation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible, pursuant to federal and state law and regulations. For the first time, the Jewish Film Festival is expanding its annual programming to include special screenings throughout the year. Please see below.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 1:30 PM Big Sonia
The Center at 2300, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 5:30 PM Who Will Write Our History
Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento