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Miami Jewish Film Festival is back: Get ticket info here!

The 25th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival returns to its normal time of year.

Typically set for January, this popular South Florida event had to be rescheduled for April in 2021. But the 2022 edition is expected to take place Jan. 13-27, 2022

(Photo/Miami Jewish Film Festival)

Touted as “the largest Jewish film program in the world,” this year’s edition – like last year’s – will be a hybrid of virtual and live programming events, showing a record 148 films, according to organizers.

Virtual screenings will be free of charge, while in-person/outdoor events range in price from $15-$36. (A special All-Access Badge will be available for $239 apiece, good for all films and special events.)

In all, organizers say, the festival’s lineup boasts 108 feature and 40 short films representing 25 countries, including nine world premieres, 22 international premieres, 18 North American premieres, and 9 U.S. premieres. 

Judd Hirsch stars in the opening night movie, “iMordecai.” (Photo/Miami Jewish Film Festival)

The opening night’s offering: “iMordecai,” a comedy that is described as “a love letter to the city of Miami,” starring Judd Hirsch, Sean Astin and Carol Kane.

The closing night film: “Persian Lessons,” a Holocaust drama that is Belarus’ official entry to the Academy Awards.

Both opening and closing night film presentations will take place at the North Beach Bandshell’s open-air amphitheater, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

The Holocaust drama “Persian Lessons” will close the festival. (Photo/Miami Jewish Film Festival)

Some of the other movies showing include:

  • “Against All Odds”
  • “Broken Barriers”
  • “Hungry Hearts”
  • “Donyoni”
  • “Valiant Hearts”
  • “Jewish Luck”
  • “Plan A”

For other information, go to or call 305-573-7304. You may also follow the Miami Jewish Film Festival through social media: or Use the hashtag #mjff to engage in conversation about the event.

According to a post on the official Facebook page, the festival was named one of the 50 best in the world in 2020:

“The Miami Jewish Film Festival is proud to announce that it has been named one of the 50 best film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, a renowned entertainment, business and film industry news magazine. This is the first time ever that a Jewish film festival has received this prestigious recognition in the history of MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list, and the Miami Jewish Film Festival is also the only local film festival included in this year’s edition.”
The Miami Jewish Film Festival is a program of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), a subsidiary of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

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