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The Miami Jewish Film Festival goes hybrid for 2021

The world’s largest Jewish film festival will get even larger this year. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Miami Jewish Film Festival will be a hybrid live and virtual event this year. This new format will enable a potentially nationwide audience the opportunity to view some of the festival’s 145 selected films online for free.

Miamians will be able to participate in the festival’s live experiences, including drive-in and outdoor screenings, while all Floridians will have access to the virtual content including talk-backs and Q&A panels. Some of the films will also be available to view throughout the United States.

The festival, which runs April 14-29, will screen 100 feature films and 45 short films, 39 first-time feature filmmakers, and represent 25 countries. An unprecedented 32% (47 films) of this year’s films are directed by women.

The festival kicks off with “Honeymood,” a romantic comedy by six-time Israeli Academy Award winner, writer and director Talya Lavie, and continues with the World premieres of “Tiger Within”, a new drama starring Ed Asner, and “Who Will Remain?”, a documentary portrait of Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutzkever.

Filmmakers and celebrities from around the world including Eytan Fox, Anders Refn, and more will make appearances throughout the festival, and the 14-day event will conclude with a new documentary about the life and career of comedian Howie Mandel, which was produced during the pandemic.

The festival is also launching a variety of new programs this year, including an LGBTQ+ cinema section, and “Breaking Barriers/Building Bridges,” featuring stories about the alliance between the Black and Jewish communities.

The full 2021 line-up is now available and can be found at

All Festival films will be available to stream for free starting Thursday, Apr. 15, until Thursday, Apr. 29. More information is available at and by calling 305-573-7304.


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