43 films and 2 series. 6 venues in Berlin and Potsdam. 2 exciting open air venues. That was the Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg in 2022.
"This 28th Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg was a forward-looking one for us. Not least because of the promise of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Claudia Roth, to support the JFBB in the future. Many good conversations with and between our filmmakers, which even paved the way for new projects, an open dialogue with the audience, which brought us not only praise, but also impulses for the future, new festival locations, on which we will continue to rely in the coming years. An all-around successful festival from the opening to the last credits! We leave this festival with a very positive feeling and look forward to the 29th edition in June 2023", says JFBB Managing Director Andreas Stein and adds: "Every day our thoughts were with the people in Ukraine who are suffering from the brutal Russian war of aggression. We wish for nothing more than the end of this war, the end of this suffering in the middle of Europe. "
For the first time, the festival offered a film education program for secondary schools and the "Summerschool Jewish Film", an intensive workshop week for master's and doctoral students, in cooperation with the Central Council of Jews in Germany. Both offers will also be available at the next festival in 2023.
At the more than 100 screenings in all venues, there was an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and engage in conversation after almost every film. Among them were two world premieres, six German premieres and one Berlin premiere. Thematically, the films showed the diversity of Jewish life around the world.
"There was laughing, crying, praying and celebrating - all this in 24 frames per second on the screen. But also very directly on the spot, we celebrated the spectrum of Jewish realities for six days. Watching films, discussing them, arguing, but only to reconcile again - that's what makes a festival family. Very unique for me remain the lively discussions with Berlin police students on our theater ship. And of course the live setting of the silent film BROKEN BARRIERS from 1919 open air, in a deck chair in Potsdam, with impressive music by Daniel Kahn and Yeva Lapsker. This was so good!" (quote Arkadij Khaet, program collective).
This year, the JFBB was a guest of the Jewish Community of Berlin at the New Synagogue. Also in the Jewish Museum and in Studio 14 - the rbb Dachlounge. Here, too, we are looking forward to further collaborations next year.
Also special at this festival edition was the tribute to Jeanine Meerapfel. The current president of the Academy of Arts opened the festival week with her latest film EINE FRAU and also won the prize for intercultural dialogue with this film. You can read about all the award winners of the festival here.
Thanks at this point to the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the state capital Potsdam and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds for supporting the festival. A big thank you also goes to all supporters, partners, media partners and sponsors.
Mark the festival period for 2023 in your calendar already now: The 29th Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg will take place from June 13 to 18, 2023.