Festival Schedule

Join us for the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival from November 1-5, 2023 at The New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. All Access Pass Holders are granted early admission to all shows. Individual tickets are on sale before each film at The New Vic only. Times subject to change.

Nov

1 2023

Sand Flakes

10:00AM - 11:45AM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel – 1h30m – Drama

David, a sensitive, creative teenager, lives in Southern Israel with his ill mother, his …

Nov

1 2023

40 Steps

1:00PM - 2:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel – 78 mins – Documentary

In the southern region of Tel Aviv, the municipality has founded a new elementary…

Nov

1 2023

Paris Boutique

3:00PM - 4:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel & France – 82m – Romantic Comedy

Nominated for six Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs) and starring Nelly Tag…

Nov

1 2023

Sponsor and Pass Holder Opening Reception

5:00PM - 6:30PM  

The Arlington Theatre
1317 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

Sponsors and pass holders are invited to a special VIP reception to kick off the 2023 Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festi…

Nov

1 2023

The Monkey House + Filmmaker Q&A

7:00PM - 9:15PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel & Italy – 128 mins – Drama

A once-successful novelist tries to revive his fading career by launching a hi…

Nov

2 2023

Burning off the Page

11:00AM - 12:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Canada – 95 mins – Documentary

This fascinating documentary about Russian-born American Yiddish poet and fiction…

Nov

2 2023

Reckonings

1:00PM - 2:15PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

United States – 74 mins – Documentary

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, secret meetings began to negotiate the …

Nov

2 2023

Shorts Program + Panel Discussion

3:30PM - 5:35PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Walking with Satva

USA – 5m45s – Documentary

The relationship and histories of a Jewish grandmother and grandso…

Nov

2 2023

Less Than Kosher + Live Performance

7:00PM - 8:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Special live musical performance by Shaina Silver-Baird

Canada – 65 mins – Comedy

At 20, Viv was a promising y…

Nov

3 2023

The Shadow of the Day

10:00AM - 12:05PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Italy – 125 mins – Drama

Set in the picturesque, provincial town of Ascoli Piceno in central Italy, The Shadow o…

Nov

3 2023

Journey to the Past

1:30PM - 2:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel – 60 mins – Documentary

Five young popular actors embark on a journey to Poland where they encounter the …

Nov

3 2023

Elik & Jimmy

3:30PM - 5:00PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel – 93 mins – Comedy

Jimmy and Elik meet while serving in the army. He’s an overweight corporal and she…

Nov

3 2023

Oneg Shabbat

5:20PM - 6:00PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

Gather on stage to welcome in Shabbat with Rabbi Debi Lewis, light refreshments served.

Nov

4 2023

Simone Veil: Woman of the Century

6:30PM - 8:50PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

France – 140 mins – Drama

Celebrate the monumental life and legacy of Simone Veil, one of the most beloved Frenc…

Nov

5 2023

March '68

10:00AM - 12:00PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Poland – 115 mins – Drama

This dramatic love story offers an evocative convergence of romance, history, and poli…

Nov

5 2023

Barren

1:00PM - 2:45PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Israel – 108 mins – Drama

Feigi and Naftali are a young, childless, Hasidic couple living with Naftali’s paren…

Nov

5 2023

Shorts Program 2

3:30PM - 5:00PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Grandma Bruce

USA – 13 mins – Comedy

Grandma Bruce is a magical short comedy about a queerdo (they/them) whose …

Nov

5 2023

Stay with Us

6:00PM - 7:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre
33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

France – 93 mins – Comedy

Stay with Us is the autobiographical comedy about French-Jewish actor and comedian Gad…