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Frequently asked questions

What is JIFF?

JIFF - or the Jewish International Film Festival - brings the best of Jewish-themed and Israeli films to cinemas across Australia. JIFF builds on 30 years of Jewish film festivals in Australia, and presents a line-up of Australian premiere feature films and series alongside a program of special events. The films are series originate from Israel and the global Jewish diaspora; USA, Russia, Germany, France, Italy and Australia are just some of the countries represented. 

When does JIFF screen?

JIFF screens in cinemas across Australia from 17 February - 17 March, 2021. Tickets are available online and at participating cinemas' box offices from January 17. 

In Melbourne JIFF screens at Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick and Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn; in Sydney at Ritz Cinemas, Randwick and Roseville Cinemas; in Perth at Luna Cinemas Leederville; in Brisbane at New Farm Cinemas, and in Canberra at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra

Festival pass FAQs

Can I use the pass for more than one ticket to any given session?
No. Passes are valid for just one ticket to any given session or film. If you would like to go to several films with a partner or friend, we would recommend purchasing multiple festival passes.

If I purchase a pass to Classic Cinemas can I use it at Lido Cinemas and vice versa?
Yes, the pass will be valid at both cinemas.

If I purchase a pass to Ritz Cinemas can I use it for other cinemas in Sydney? 
No, Ritz Cinemas is the only cinema in Sydney that accepts festival passes.

If I don’t use all my passes can I save it for a future JIFF?
No, passes will all expire at the end of this festival.

How many passes do I have left on my voucher?
You can enter your code HERE to check. 

If I have a festival pass do I still need to get tickets? 
Yes, you will need to redeem your pass for tickets online or in cinema. 

Can I bring a group to JIFF?

Yes! You can read more about making a group booking at JIFF here. 

What is your Covid-19 safety plan?

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, so we’re implementing a number of measures to ensure you’re safe and comfortable during your visit to JIFF.

These include and are not limited to:        
- capped capacities as per state government requirements
- session times staggered to avoid crowds in foyers and bathrooms
- hand sanitising stations throughout the venues 
- card payments only (Classic, Lido and Ritz Cinemas)
- heightened cleaning regimes.

For detailed information on how each JIFF venue offers a CovidSafe experience, please visit their respective websites or get in contact with the JIFF team here:
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn
Ritz Cinemas, Randwick
Roseville Cinemas, Roseville
Luna Palace Cinemas, Leederville
Dendy Cinemas, Canberra
New Farm Cinemas, New Farm

Due to the snap lockdown announced for Melbourne, we have cancelled our Melbourne Opening Night event for next Wednesday 17 February. All purchased tickets will be refunded. We are sorry not to welcome you for this special event, but look forward to sharing the remainder of our 2021 festival with you. We will be proceeding with all other scheduled screenings as planned.

How can I get a year-round fix of Jewish-themed content?

You can stream the best of past fesivals on 'At Home', a new Video on Demand platform from Classic, Lido, Cameo and Ritz Cinemas. 

'At Home' allows you to bring the spirit of the cinemas with you to your living room, as you watch movies from our carefully curated collections of films from both local and international distributors. We cover everything from new and recent releases to hidden gems from extensive back catalogues, with some premium content, including JIFF films, that we’re proud to say is exclusive to this platform.

Browse the full selection of Jewish-themed and Israeli films available.

JIFF returns to cinemas across Australia in October 2021. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear updates on new titles, special announcements and more!