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 Passholders are granted early admission to all shows. 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

VIP 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

10:30AM - 12:00PM  

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

1:30PM - 2:45PM  

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 1

3:30PM - 5:35PM  

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

Walking with Savta

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 performance by Shaina Silver-Baird

Canada – 65 mins – Comedy

At 20, Viv was a promising young sin…

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

4:00PM - 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

6:15PM - 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…