About the Festival

About the Festival

The National Center for Jewish Film’s
Annual Film Festival

A Program of NCJF

The National Center for Jewish Film’s festival is an outgrowth of our broader work as a unique independent nonprofit film archive, distributor & exhibitor. 

Since 1976, NCJF has rescued, restored and exhibited films that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life.

NCJF’S archive collection of films with Jewish content is one of the world’s largest and includes silent and Yiddish narrative films, vaudeville shorts, travelogues, newsreels, antisemitic Nazi propaganda films, films of many Jewish agencies, and home movies, the earliest dating from 1903. NCJF has amassed the world’s largest collection of Yiddish language films, and led the revival of Yiddish Cinema, rescuing these languishing films from oblivion.

The Center’s rare and endangered films now screen worldwide and appear in many hundreds of documentaries, artworks and museum exhibitions.

A world leader in the collection and exhibition of Jewish film and culture, NCJF curates public programs and provides programming and research consultation worldwide, having contributed to the development of Jewish and ethnic film as a subject for academic study and public exhibition.

The Center also supports contemporary independent filmmakers by distributing their new productions and overseeing new films produced under its aegis.

Learn more about The National Center for Jewish Film.

The NCJF Team

The festival is directed & curated by Lisa Rivo & Sharon Pucker Rivo.

Thanks to our Film Festival Sponsors.

Thanks to NCJF’s major supporters.

Don’t Let History Fade Away. Save Endangered Films!

We need your help!

Thousands of rare films are in critical need of rescue, preservation and digitization. Restoration of 35mm, 16mm & 8mm film is extremely costly.

Without your support, these rapidly deteriorating moving images will fade into history.

NCJF is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization.
All donations are tax deductible. 


Receive a pair of tickets to all festival films!

NCJF Reel Funder donors gifting $1000 or more receive a pair of tickets to all festival films!

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Keep in Touch

Join our mailing list for festival updates and notices of sneak preview screenings, NCJF DVD releases and tv broadcasts, and family & friends discounts.

Purchase 280 films on DVD including our restored archive films in active distribution.

Remembering Elliott Rivo

NCJF’s festival is dedicated to Elliott Rivo (1933-2018) whose unending support of NCJF, founded by his wife of 53 years Sharon Pucker Rivo, and co-directed by Sharon and their daughter Lisa, enabled the Center to thrive. A beloved physician, gifted surgeon and pioneer in women’s heath, he was much loved.

(Photo: Sharon & Elliott at the Haifa Int’l Film Festival in 2015)

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“Keeper of the Jewish film legacy.”
The Boston Globe

“Reviving a vanished heritage, a trove of priceless movies. Thanks to restorative magic performed by the National Center for Jewish Film.”
Time Magazine

“Jewish History, saved one frame at a time. The National Center for Jewish Film is in a race to restore the Jewish century before it bites the dust.”
The Times of Israel