SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) announces its Opening Night Gala will be hosted the evening of Jan. 30 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Kenny Blank (L-R), Executive Director Atlanta Jewish Film Festival; Martha Jo Katz, Opening Night Gala Chair; Dov Wilker, Regional Director AJC. PHOTO / AJFF

“We are pleased to welcome the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to the Cobb Energy Centre,” Michael S. Taormina, managing director of the Centre, said. “This prestigious Opening Night creates all the glamour of Hollywood while showcasing the important art of film and its ability to educate, entertain, transcend and celebrate our diverse cultures.”

The festival’s Opening Night has become one of Atlanta’s premier events, having attracted up to 2,500 film lovers in recent years. The gala event for VIP Red Carpet ticket buyers and festival sponsors will feature a marquee film, a silent auction and the culinary delights of some Atlanta’s premier chefs.

“We are excited to partner with the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, which complements our festival venues throughout the city,” said Kenny Blank, executive director of the AJFF. “Cobb Energy Centre offers a convenient location for audiences, and it’s a visually stunning, state-of-the-art facility which will offer a first-class experience to our patrons.”

In addition to the Opening Night festivities at Cobb Energy Centre, the 13th annual AJFF will include screenings during its 22-day run at five other locations around the metro area: Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16, Lefont Sandy Springs, Georgia Theatre Company Merchants Walk, United Artists Tara Cinema 4 and Regal Cinemas North Point Market 8.

The Festival attracts more than 30,000 attendees, making it Atlanta’s largest film festival and the nation’s second-largest Jewish film festival in the nation (after the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival). AJFF showcases international and independent works of cinema that are otherwise unavailable to local audiences and was recently voted best film festival in Atlanta for 2012 by the readers of “Creative Loafing.”

Over the past 12 years, AJFF has featured films from 38 nations and territories, many of which highlight significant political and cultural issues. Films in the festival show unique aspects of Jewish life while retaining a broad appeal for non-Jewish audiences.

Screenings are supplemented by guest appearances with filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is produced by American Jewish Committee Atlanta, whose mission is to build bridges of understanding between the Jewish and other communities.

For more information on dates, tickets and opening night, please visit ajff.org.