With a mini-fest and two full film festivals in the books, the fledgling Wilmington Jewish Film Festival has grown up and took flight for our third festival May 1-4 and May 8-11, 2016. May we crow a little about compliments and monetary forms of recognition that have come our way?
- Michael Kantor, executive producer of the American Masters series on PBS, says of the WJFF: “this is a relatively new festival, but it is great, full of spirit and excited audiences. I was honored to inaugurate the festival a few years ago with my film, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.”
- Amy Lyon, in her Visite Wilmington review of the 2015 festival writes: “The committee brought compelling, entertaining, and thought provoking films to Wilmington; paired them up with experts to spark conversation, and rounded it all out with a nosh.”
- Cucalorus, “one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world,” chose the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival for their “10 x 10 CONNECT” project last November from among many applicants. This program paired ten filmmakers with ten entrepreneurs (WJFF) and challenged them to make a video together during the week of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Nov. 11-15, 2015 (see video above). Cucalorus is in partnership with the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
- For the second year in a row The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County has awarded the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival a Grassroots Arts Program grant.
- We were also awarded a grant by the City of Wilmington, through one of its civic development partner agency appropriations.
May these words of praise and other forms of recognition help us soar to even greater heights!