imagesBy Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

If you haven’t purchased tickets to the movies you want to see at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, you might be out of luck. More than 10,000 tickets were sold the day they went on sale Jan. 5.

Festival executive director Kenny Blank encouraged festivalgoers to keep checking the website at for the release of more tickets and returns to sold out films. “If you check 24 to 48 hours before a screening, you might be able to snap one or two tickets up,” he said.

The only way to get into some of the more popular films is to show up at the venue the day of the screening and add your name to a waiting list. Luckily, there are so many films on offer that if you buy tickets now you’ll get to see something interesting.

With 65 films from 20 countries, it also makes the AJFF, which opened Jan. 29 and continues through Feb. 20, the biggest film festival in the city and the second largest in the world. Nearly 32,000 attended screenings during last year’s festival.

“We have a very loyal and enthusiastic audience, and they stake out this event early on to make sure they get tickets,” Blank said. “We’re offering more screenings of the popular films and have secured larger auditoriums.”

To accommodate the crowds, the festival expanded to more venues around Atlanta, including the Cobb Energy Centre, UA Tara Cinema, GTC Merchants Walk, Regal North Point, Lefont Sandy Springs, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Regal Atlantic Station and the Woodruff Arts Center.

Some of the most anticipate films include 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus about a Philadelphia couple who saved children from the Nazi concentration camps; The Baby, a documentary about a woman recalling forbidden memories of her past; Bethlehem, a cliffhanger about an Israeli intelligence agent and a conflicted Palestinian informant; Hunting Elephants, a bank heist caper; the documentary Mel Brooks: Make A Noise about the comedian and director; When Jews Were Funny, a documentary about cultural identity: a 25th  anniversary screening of Driving Miss Daisy with a panel of local actors and experts; and Omar, a nominee for this year’s Best Foreign Film Academy Award, about a young Palestinian baker living under Israeli occupation.

“Every year we strive to make the festival better for our audience,” Blank said. “Festivalgoers will have more opportunities to see the most sought after films than ever before. We want everyone to experience these meaningful and entertaining films that might not ever play in Atlanta otherwise.”

For a complete list of films, venues and to purchase tickets, visit


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.