The AJFF Jury

For years, the jury of public opinion has cast their ballots for the annual AJFF Audience Awards. Beginning in 2017, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has added Jury Prizes to that mix. Deliberated by an esteemed panel of filmmakers, journalists, and experts, each year, the Jury reviews select films playing in competition and picks winners across six categories:

In addition to the existing Audience Awards for Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Short, there will be new Jury Prizes in these same categories.

An Emerging Filmmaker Prize will also be awarded to a rising creative talent, whose film shows exceptional skill and artistry. The Building Bridges Prize will honor the film that most exemplifies the mission of AJFF, informed by founder and partner American Jewish Committee, to foster understanding among communities of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Rounding out the list is the Human Rights Prize, awarded to the film that most powerfully captures the perseverance and strength in those whose sense of justice guides them in the face of bigotry, inequality and/or persecution.

So, who is on the jury for the 2017 AJFF, and what films are in competition?

2017 FEATURES JURY

2017 Jury Chair
Arik Sokol (Producer, Opus Media Productions)

Eleanor Ringel-Cater (Film Critic, Atlanta Business Chronicle)
Yair Rosenberg (Senior Writer, Tablet)

Films in Competition

Narrative Jury Prize:

Documentary Jury Prize:

2017 EMERGING FILMMAKERS JURY

Nitzan Gilady (Filmmaker)
Dr. Nathaniel Kohn (Associate Director, George Foster Peabody Awards)

Films in Competition

2017 BUILDING BRIDGES JURY

Bradley Jacobs (Film Journalist & Communications Strategist)
Melanie Maron Pell (Director of Regional Engagement, American Jewish Committee)

Films in Competition

2017 HUMAN RIGHTS JURY

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt (Emory University)
Edith Love (National Director of Major Gifts, Center for Civil and
 Human Rights)

Films in Competition

2017 SHORTS JURY

Eric Kohn (Chief Critic & Senior Editor, Indiewire)
Deidre McDonald (Founding Artistic Director, BronzeLens Film Festival)

Films in Competition