Vote for Your Favorite from the Boulder Jewish Film Festival

What was your favorite film at the Boulder Jewish Film Festival? This is your chance to tell us.

Many festivals have audience choice awards, and some, such as the Boulder International Film Festival, have a jury-selected process, but also include a People’s Choice Award (“Lion Ark” won this year).

BIFF has also just announced that “A Borrowed Identity,” which I introduced and which is indeed worthy, won their best feature film award. Given this Israeli film’s popularity in Boulder and around the world, we hope to show this film again in the future.

A runaway hit

The Denver Jewish Film Festival audience awards also went to two films we screened in Boulder: “Run Boy Run” was named best narrative film, and the award for best documentary went to “Above and Beyond,” which has been winning this honor at almost every festival where it has screened. Do look for this title when the Oscar nominations are announced.

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This film went above and beyond with audiences

Across the country, two other of our films have also proved a hit with filmgoers.

Run Boy Run” was just named the Audience Choice Award winner for Best Narrative Feature at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.  In addition, the film has won the Audience Choice Award at the Jewish Film Festival of Dallas, and the Audience Award for Best Drama at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

24 Days” was recently named the Audience Award winner for Best Film at the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Drama at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival as well as the Audience Choice Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival and the winner of the Lia Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

24 Days is a runaway festival hit
24 Days hit audiences hard

Rather than ask audiences to rate films on paper as they leave the theater, we rely on a survey sent the week after the festival. This gives audiences time to reflect on the movies they saw.

Our survey also serves several other important functions. It helps us understand our audience, and is especially useful when we apply for grants and look for other funding sources. The more we are able to grow, the more we can expand our offerings to the community.

We appreciate all of your kind words, lovely emails, and complimentary Facebook posts, which tell us how much you enjoyed our festival. This is your chance to provide that feedback in a concrete way we can use as we start planning the next festival – I am already screening films for 2016 and trying to think up ways to top what was such an excellent year!

I thank you for your support. I appreciate everyone who attended a single film, and all those who made the smallest of donations. You are an extraordinary audience. I trust you will go Above and Beyond and fill out this quick 9-question survey. (BIFF’s survey has 44 questions.) You may even win two tickets to the Boe for a screening of your choice.

We look forward to seeing you next year, but we don’t have to wait that long to see each other again. Unlike most festivals, we present films throughout the year. You won’t want to miss “Beneath the Helmet,” about a group of young IDF soldiers, when we screen it at the Boe in commemoration of Yom Hazikaron on April 22, which happens to be my birthday. No gifts, please, just your presence. But do me a huge favor and take the survey! (If the links don’t work, you can copy and paste this link in your browser’s address box:

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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