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JFilm Festival goes virtual

COVID-19 forces cancellation of physical festival

Moviegoers attend screenings of Jewish-themed movies in Pittsburgh. 


Photo courtesy of Film Pittsburgh.
Moviegoers attend screenings of Jewish-themed movies in Pittsburgh. Photo courtesy of Film Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s JFilm canceled its 27th annual festival, scheduled to run April 23-May 3, because of the coronavirus crisis. Instead, this year JFilm will be offering a short Jewish-themed film to movie-lovers through online links each day the festival would have taken place in a theater.

Audience members will receive links to the films via email, along with recorded Q&As with most of the films’ directors and hosted by Kathryn Spitz Cohan, executive director of JFilm.

The scheduled films include several that won the Robinson International Short Film Competition. The Robinson Competition, created in honor of the memory of Sanford N. Robinson, Sr., a noted member of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, is funded by the Sanford N. Robinson, Sr. Memorial Lecture Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. 

To request links to the films, email info@filmpittsburgh.org PJC

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