May 16, 2018  (St. Louis Park, MN) — The organizers behind the Twin Cities Film Fest and the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival (the Sabes and St. Paul JCCs) announced a new partnership Wednesday, unveiling the details of an expanded 2018 TCJFF program and the year’s kickoff event: A June 28 gala screening of the acclaimed historical drama “An Israeli Love Story.”
This will mark the beginning of the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival’s 24th year. 
“At the Twin Cities Film Fest, our mission has always been a mix of appreciation, support, and development, as we’ve set out to not only screen and celebrate unforgettable artworks but also foster collaboration and education among local artists, and do our part to ensure the growth of the state’s filmmaking industry,” ~TCFF Executive Director Jatin Setia. 
“Partnering with the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival is a natural extension of that mission, as we hope to draw more filmmakers to the state to connect with local audiences, and look to widen the mix of stories and perspectives we showcase every year on our movie screens.” ~ Setia
This year’s Twin Cities Film Fest is scheduled to screen Oct. 17-27 in St. Louis Park. As part of the new TCFF-TCJFF partnership, the 2018 Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival will run concurrently in October, with an array of red-carpet premieres and special events to be announced in early September.
“We are thrilled to work with TCFF, as we share many of the same goals and values – to use the power of film to bring us all together,” ~Robyn Awend, Twin Cities JCC Jewish Cultural Arts Director.
“Our film festival is designed to build bridges, create dialog, entertain and invite the entire community to share Jewish cultural diversity.”  ~Awend
Beyond the central October festival, the new partnership will also make possible additional TCJFF screenings throughout the year. 
The 2018 TCJFF program will kick off next month, with a special June 28 screening of Dan Wolman’s historical romance “An Israeli Love Story.” Tickets are now on sale. More information on the gala event:
“An Israeli Love Story” 
Date: Thursday, June 28
Location: Sabes Jewish Community Center (4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park)
6 pm:  Red carpet reception and photos (includes refreshments and light snacks) 7 pm: Screening
Tickets (ages 13+): $12 early bird, $14 at the door (Purchase at
Synopsis: Based on a true story, “An Israeli Love Story” depicts the love affair between Pnina Gary, from Nahalal, and Eli Ben–Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the Second President of the State of Israel. The film is set during the turbulent period of pre-state Israel. Margalit meets Eli on a bus and falls in love with him instantly. She tries to get close to him but he’s too busy with the Palmach. Finally, the barriers come down, as Margalit moves in with Eli, but Israel’s harsh reality intervenes.
About the Twin Cities Film Fest 
The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) is a Minneapolis-based non-profit arts organization founded by Executive Director Jatin Setia that organizes an annual autumn film festival hosted by the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. TCFF supports the local arts community in three simple ways: Offering audiences access to the best films, and most inspiring filmmakers, the industry has to offer, stimulating economic activity in the Twin Cities and offering local filmmakers both education and a premiere venue at which to premiere their finished works. TCFF welcomes donations throughout the year from members, individual donors, volunteers, or corporations. To learn more about TCFF, events, film submissions or to donate, visit
About the Sabes and St. Paul JCCs 
The Sabes Jewish Community Center and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center are multifaceted organizations offering educational, social, cultural, recreational, and fitness to the entire community. Program areas include early childhood education, summer camp, health & fitness, recreation, Jewish arts & culture, senior programs, special events and more. The Sabes JCC and St. Paul JCC creates a wide-range of opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn through meaningful programs that enrich Jewish life, build Jewish identity and strengthen our community.