The 11th Annual
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
March 31 - April 14, 2016

The 11th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival proudly continues its tradition of presenting two weeks of award-winning films from around the world. Through collaborations with educational institutions, cultural organizations and local businesses, the film festival provides audiences with a multifaceted exploration of Jewish identity, community, history and politics.

Films are screened across Western Massachusetts – this year in Amherst, Chicopee, Easthampton, Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, Springfield and West Springfield – in venues ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to Smith College in Northampton to the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield, with many stops in between. 
Post-screening discussions with visiting filmmakers and local scholars add depth and perspective to the screenings.

The film festival is a collaborative effort of dedicated volunteers and professional staff from organizations across the Pioneer Valley. The PVJFF offers, among other things, a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture through film can learn, be inspired and enjoy being together. Cinematic stories – of joy and celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history – all demonstrate time and again how important film is as a medium to help us to understand who we are, where we come from, what life is like for others around the globe and how all of this relates to our contemporary lives and choices.

We hope you’ll join us and be entertained, inspired and enlightened. See you at the movies!

PVJFF Steering Committee

Carlin Trietsch, Festival Director
Deb Krivoy, Festival Consultant
Fran Eisenberg, JCC Administration
Debbie Whitehead, JCC Marketing


Howard Polonsky
Dee DeGeiso
Michael Paysnick

Film Screeners and Festival Volunteers

David Axelrad
Andrea & David Brinnel
Fred Brownstein
Mark Brumberg
Sherry Dickerman
Amanda Doster
Elaine Geha
Bernie Gotlib
Samra Gotlib
Jake Greenberg
Madlynn Haber
Arthur Haselkorn
Ted & Judy Ingis
Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli
Anne Knauf
Lisa Landon
Kelly Larkin
Henia Lewin
Judy Mazel
Rachel & Ralph Melnick
Rana Morrissey
Alison Morse
Tina Moskal
Katie Olmstead
Jody Rosenbloom
Kristin Rotas
Margie Sobil
Sara Weinberger
Abbie Weiss
Dyan Wiley
Judi Wisch
Betty Wolfson
Daniel Yalowitz
Moti Zemelmen

Each year, the Festival Screening Committee reviews scores of films so that we can bring the best selection of award-winning dramas, comedies, documentaries and children's films -- including many regional premieres --  to Western Massachusetts.