23rd Annual International Film Festival

Presented by the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut

in association with

The Garde Arts Center, Mystic Luxury Cinemas, 

    Connecticut College Hillel and B. P. Learned Mission    


The Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut (JFEC), in association with The Garde Arts Center (New London), Mystic Luxury Cinemas (Mystic), B.P. Learned Mission (New London), Connecticut College Hillel (New London) and Temple Bnai Israel (Willimantic), is proud to present eastern Connecticut's 23rd International Film Festival (IFF), which will run from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, June 18.

The 2017 festival will open with ON THE MAP (United States, English/Hebrew, 85 minutes, 2016) on Wednesday, May 24 at the Olin Science Center, Connecticut College. Projection will begin at 7:00 pm; admission costs $10.

ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of how an unknown Israeli team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, won the 1977 European Basketball Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, ON THE MAP presents the inspiring story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

The film festival will take a short break from its public screenings on Thursday, May 25, when JFEC Executive Director Jerry Fischer’s documentary about the Jewish farmers of Eastern Connecticut, HARVESTING STONES, will be aired on CPTV at 8:00 pm. [Encore viewing on Monday, May 29 at 10:00 pm on CPTV.] HARVESTING STONES was first premiered at last year's IFF. Be sure to mark your calendars! The IFF resumes with a matinee presentation of DENIAL (United Kingdom/United States, English, 109 minutes, 2016) on Sunday, June 4, at The Garde Arts Center, New London.  The curtain will rise at 3:00 pm; admission is $10.

Based on the acclaimed book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, DENIAL recounts the legal battle for historical truth fought by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she publically accused him of being a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof in libel cases is on the defendant, so it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust had in fact occurred.

The International Film Festival planning committee is extremely excited to present this year's line-up of feature films, documentaries and shorts. For the past year, the committee has searched around the world for the best new cinema that portrays the breadth and depth of the Jewish experience from engaging, unexpected and even unconventional perspectives. We can't wait to share with you what we've found!

The International Film Festival and the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut would like to acknowledge -- and give a heartfelt TODAH RABAH (thank you) -- to our sponsors, without which we would not be able to bring these wonderful films to the communities of Eastern Connecticut!

Angel Donors

Producer Donors

Director Donors

Please continue to check back often as updates will be made here. Please don't hesitate to call on us should you have any questions, office.jfec@gmail.com. We can't wait to see you in May/June at the movies!

Arlene Dressler & Fay Clymer, International Film Festival Co-Chairs

Jerome E. Fischer, Director, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut