After taking a breather in 2010, the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival (SBJFF) will mount its sixth season on April 7-10, 2011. The popular community event, which kicks off with a gala dinner and klezmer music at La Cumbre Country Club, offers eight features and documentaries, a filmmaker-in-residence, guest speakers, and a full breakfast. The SBJFF’s All-Festival Passes are always sold-out as are many of its showings, for a total audience of 2,500.
“Our theme this year is ‘The Joy of Jewish,’” said founder and president Barbara Greenleaf. She continues, “Even when a session’s main film is serious, we’re going to try to pair it with a humorous short. Everyone is ready to lighten up. Funny or serious, though, all the films have to meet our strict requirements for excellent production values and a story that illuminates some aspect of the Jewish experience. We preview over 100 films from the United States, Israel, and other countries to bring our audience the very best of what’s available.”
An All-Festival Pass, which includes the gala dinner and all programs, costs only $115 on the Early Bird special. It is available until December 15th, after which the price goes up to $125. This year for the first time, moviegoers will be able to buy their passes online at by clicking on “All-Festival Passes and Donations.” Single tickets will only be sold at the door. For further information, visit online.