New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

The New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF), also known as the Sephardic Film Festival, is an annual New York City Film Festival sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation. It was founded in 1990. The 20th Anniversary Edition of the festival is from March 30th to April 6th, 2017.

The festival showcases films about Jewish communities of the Mediterranean and Asia, including Morocco, Yemen, Ethiopia, Kurdistan, Iran/Persia and India, as well as the Sephardi descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain.

The films are part of a movement towards popular narrative movies and more personal documentaries taking advantage of the freedom given by improvements in video cameras and associated digital hardware to pursue a more personal on-screen vision of what it means to be Jewish.


Pomegranate Award Recipients


2017 — André Azoulay, Pomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement

2017 — Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, Directors / Pomegranate Award for Directors

2017 — Davina Pardo, Director / Rising Star Pomegranate Award

2016 — Ema Shah, Musician / Performer

2015 — Kamal Hachkar, Director

2015 — Erez Biton, Poet

2014 — Enrico Macias, Singer-songwriter

2013 — Yair Dalal, Oud and Violin Player, Composer, Singer and Teacher

2013 — Izza Génini, Director / Producer

2012 — Ronit Elkabetz, Actress / Director