The Miami Jewish Film Festival was established in 1996 and has grown into a core cultural program for South Florida’s vibrant arts landscape. In 2013, with the hiring of new Festival Director Igor Shteyrenberg, Miami Jewish Film Festival entered an era of expansion and commitment to educational and artistic quality. This commitment was evidenced by the tremendous success of the Festival in the last four years, which saw its original audience increase from 4,000 in 2013 to 27,000 in 2017. During this time, the Miami Jewish Film Festival was also named "One of the Best Jewish Film Festival's in the US" by the prestigious publication The Forward and a finalist for "Best Festival" by the Miami New Times Readers Poll.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival is now one of the worlds largest and most respected Jewish film festivals, the fastest growing film festival in the state of Florida, and the largest Jewish cultural event in South East United States. So much of the Festival's extraordinary success is due to its solid foundation of cultural commitment to the community. Its programming and platform are designed to engage the public with internationally diverse and award-winning films about culture, arts, and lifestyle. Through this effort, MJFF engenders mutual respect within our society by providing a memorable and enriching experience to all of Miami's film lovers.