Many thanks to all our sponsors, pass holders, staff and the Santa Barbara Community for making the 2018 Jewish Film Festival our most successful ever!!


Winners of the Ha'Seret Ha'Mitztayen ("Excellence in Film") awards:


Best short: Shir


Best Documentary: Muhi.

Special Mention to Children of Peace


Best Feature:  Maktub


See you all again at our 2019 Festival scheduled for March 7-11th.

About SBJFF 2018


From March 15-19, 2018 at the New Vic Theatre, the highly acclaimed Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival will once again bring the community together to experience the power of exceptional films from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity.


Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, this year’s Festival will include five days of high quality, unique films. The Festival will showcase a wide range of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and shorts by American, European, and Israeli filmmakers.


Mission Statement: The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara produces the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival specifically to celebrate the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity while hoping that the films and their stories will resonate beyond these settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.


The 2018 Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival is once again chaired by Mashey Bernstein and Ron Zonen.


The 2018 SBJFF is a proud recipient of an Events and Festivals Grant from the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.