JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside hybrid arts programming.
Between the Festival and year-round programming, JxJ annually attracts 30,000 patrons across 180+ events held at venues throughout the DC region. One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, JxJ is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series.
Beginning in 2019, the Washington Jewish Film Festival joined forces with the Washington Jewish Music Festival to form JxJ, a multidisciplinary event celebrating Jewish and Israeli arts. The film screenings are comprised almost entirely of regional, US and world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts.
***During the Covid-19 pandemic, most JxJ programs, including the annual Festival, were held virtually. The May 2023 Festival will be a fully live, in-person event.
The last pre-pandemic festival included panels, discussions and presentations with over 80 visiting artists and filmmakers from around the world.
Recent guests have included major US and international talents such as Eytan Fox, Roberta Grossman, Elliot Gould, Agnieszka Holland, Carol Kane, Barry Levinson, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Natalie Portman, Eran Riklis, James Schamus, John Turturro, and Liv Ullman.
JxJ (formerly Washington Jewish Film Festival) is a non-competitive festival, but does give out three audience awards: Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Short Film.
MISSION: JxJ exclusively looks for films that explore one or more aspects of Jewish identity, history or culture.
PREMIERE REQUIREMENT: All full-length (40min+) films included in the Festival must be at least Washington, DC premieres. Accepted films shall not be screened, released on DVD, streamed on the internet or broadcast on television in the Washington, DC-metropolitan area (Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland) prior to June 30, 2022.
COMPLETION DATE: Films must have been completed in 2020 or later (2021 or 2022).
SUBTITLES: All films should be fully subtitled in English (if the original language is not English).
FORMAT: Full-length (40min+) films must be made available on DCP. Short films can be provided on DCP or via a pro-res file.
***Any exceptions to the qualifications above must be made and agreed upon in writing by the JxJ Director.