The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival is Asia’s first festival showcasing the best Jewish-themed films from around the world. Founded in 1999 by Howard Elias, the Festival has screened over 300 features, documentaries and short films from 34 countries in 34 languages and dialects. We have hosted directors, producers, film critics and curators, who have attended the event to showcase their films, educate and offer their opinions to audience members.
Among the topics the Festival has dealt with are Jewish identity, Yiddish classics, the Holocaust, Israel, food, holidays, music, and religious rituals and customs.
One of the Festival’s unique qualities is that it attracts many non-Jewish people, with more than one-third of the audience falling into that demographic. We are very proud this year to be using the Asia Society, Hong Kong Centre as our venue, helping us to reach a larger and more diverse audience than ever.
The HKJFF receives extensive coverage each year with profiles in the English and Chinese language media (press, radio, television and online) in both Hong Kong and Macau. Overseas, the Festival has been written up in the Economist Online, CNNGo.com, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Canadian Jewish News, the Jerusalem Report, Ha’aretz, Jewish Film World, Whatsonwhen.com, Ming Magazine and the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California.
The HKJFF is fortunate to receive support from many foreign consulates, cultural offices and chambers of commerce in Hong Kong including those from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the US. We have also received funding from the charity A Better Tomorrow every year since 2004, which has enabled us to add Chinese subtitles to several of our films each year.
In 2006, HKJFF Society Limited became is a licensed charity in Hong Kong. As such, it is exempt from tax in Hong Kong under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. In 2011, the HKJFF came under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the US. That means we can now offer tax receipts to donors who pay tax in either Hong Kong or the United States.
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Our mission is to celebrate, educate, enlighten and entertain – we look forward to seeing you at the movies 🙂 Thank you!