The 12th Annual
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
March 18 - April 4, 2017

The 12th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, proudly continues its tradition of showcasing more than two weeks of award-winning films from around the world!

Our festival offers a diverse line-up of entertaining, engaging, and thought-provoking films -- including many regional premieres -- that provide audiences with a multifaceted exploration of Jewish identity, community, history, and politics.

Films are screened across Western Massachusetts – this year in Amherst, Chicopee, Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, Springfield and West Springfield – in venues ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame to Smith College to UMass Amherst to the Greenfield Garden Cinemas, with many stops in between. 
Filmmaker talkbacks, panel discussions and other educational events provide unique opportunities for community dialogue both within and outside of the Jewish community.

Year after year, PVJFF screens critically acclaimed films that not only entertain, but also provide opportunities for reflection, discussion, and a deeper understanding of our complex, diverse world. Our film screenings and accompanying programs aim to illuminate universal themes such as identity and belonging, interfaith relations, women’s roles in religion and society, the LGBT community, conflict and reconciliation in the Middle East, social justice, and civic engagement.

We hope you’ll join us and be inspired and enlightened. See you at the movies!


Carlin Trietsch, Festival Co-Director
Deb Krivoy, Festival Co-Director
Fran Eisenberg, JCC Administration
Debbie Whitehead, JCC Marketing


Howard Polonsky
Dee DeGeiso
Michael Paysnick

Advisory Council 

Matthew Bertuzzi
Lawrence Fine
Lawrence Hott
Howard Polonsky
Jody Rosenbloom
Rabbi Mark Shapiro
Kim Starkman
Judi Wisch

Festival Volunteers

David Axelrad
Andrea & David Brinnel
Fred Brownstein
Mark Brumberg
Claire Day
Sherry Dickerman
Amanda Doster
Elaine Geha
Jake Greenberg
Madlynn Haber
Arthur Haselkorn
Anne Knauf
Lisa Landon
Kelly Larkin
Henia Lewin
Judy Mazel
Rachel & Ralph Melnick
Rana Morrissey
Alison Morse
Tina Moskal
Katie Olmstead
William Plotnick
Kristin Rotas
Margie Sobil
Abbie Weiss
Betty Wolfson
Daniel Yalowitz
Moti Zemelmen