OUR HANDY GUIDE TO THE 24TH ANNUAL EBIJFF

By now we are all 100% aware of the importance of putting our cell phones on “mute.” In addition to this imperative, there are other important do’s and don’ts so we’ve prepared this handy guide to help you have a great Film Festival experience.

READ READ READ THE WRITE-UP OF EACH FILM

Our Film Selection Committee works for nearly a year to identify the best in international and independent films that have a Jewish-focus and/or theme. More than 120 films are previewed and then whittled down to about four dozen. HOWEVER, film selection is a subjective process.

If you don’t like graphic violence, nudity or movies with adult themes, then take that into account when deciding what to see. If you find our write-ups unclear even though some feature the cautionary alert “Viewer discretion advised…”, then email us at eastbayjewishfilm@hotmail.com to request more information.

AND PLEASE…our films are not recommended for anyone under 12 unless the description includes the words “Family-friendly.”

SHOW UP EARLY:  ADVICE FOR PASS & TICKET HOLDERS

Our films sell out fast, so give yourself enough time to find parking and to secure a good place in line. For morning and early afternoon films, both ticket and pass holders are encouraged to be in line a minimum of 35 minutes prior to show time for best seating. For late afternoon and evening films, ticket holders should arrive a minimum of 45 minutes prior to showtime. Remember: Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Star–level supporters get First Entry; For all daytime films, Daytime Pass Holders receive Early Entry before ticket holders.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE LINES

We will be screening films in three auditoriums at the Century 16 in Pleasant Hill. Sometimes these auditoriums will feature the same film and sometimes they will play different films. We will list the name of the film outside each auditorium to better assist you.

DON’T BE GRABBY ABOUT SEATS

While you might want to save seats for your companions who are finding parking or finishing their coffee at a nearby bistro, please do not hold more than one seat. If a film is close to selling out, we will ask all festival-goers to identify empty seats and move together towards the center of the auditorium. Be a friendly festival-goer and help make our shared experience a great one for everyone.

CRITIQUE THE FILM AFTER THE LIGHTS GO ON

A wonderful film-going experience means that the conversation on the silver screen is more important than the one you have with the person in the adjacent seat. If you don’t understand the plot line, forgot the name of a character, or suddenly want to become a film critic—WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE IN THE LOBBY OR UNTIL THE LIGHTS GO ON.

THESE COATS ARE NOT FOR LEAVING

Following each screening, all festival-goers will be asked to exit the auditorium where the film has been screened. There is the inclination to leave one’s coat/jacket/sweater behind after a screening in order to save your seat for the next film. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS.

The theatre’s staff cleans the auditoriums between films, and they will transfer any unaccompanied clothing, books or other items to the Lost & Found department in the theatre’s Box Office.

We ask that you do not bring bags and briefcases larger than 12″ tall by 12″ wide and 6″ deep into the Century 16 Theatres and Vine Cinema. We reserve the right to inspect all bags.

HELP US MAKE THE FESTIVAL A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE

There are innumerable moving parts to any Film Festival and you can help us make the Festival an enjoyable experience. Please:

  • Be courteous to our many fabulous, hard-working volunteers (many of whom have dedicated the past year to bringing the Festival to life).
  • Be patient when lines are long and wind themselves around the theatre. If you need to sit down between films, please ask one of our many friendly ushers for assistance.
  • Be aware that the EBIJFF reserves the right to refuse entry of any disruptive attendees to our auditoriums and the right to eject them.
  • Be alert. No one will be readmitted into an auditorium without a ticket or pass, so do not leave it at your seat when you exit the auditorium (for popcorn, the “loo”-–we are after all an international film festival—or for some other reason).

AND HERE’S A FINAL TIP…RECOMMEND US

If you enjoyed our films, recommend our Festival to your friends, neighbors and anyone else within commuting distance of our theaters. The more we grow, the more between-festival programs we can bring to our community.

AND SPEAKING OF BETWEEN-FESTIVAL PROGRAMS…If you don’t already receive our monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) e-communication REEL TALK, please fill out an Evaluation Form in the lobby or click on the Sign Up button below.

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