The Virtual Edmonton Jewish Film Festival is proud to be showcasing a juried selection of short films
from film makers around the world.

With Slight Steps


Israel, 2018

Director: Guy Hodes

Hebrew with English subtitles

Documentary short

10 minutes

Sunday, May 3, 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM 


Film director Guy Hodes takes his 96-year old grandmother back to Kibbutz Dalia, and to a time when she was the High Priestess of Israeli folk dancing. She observes how the kibbutz’s outdoor dance amphitheater has deteriorated and reflects upon how Israeli ideals, too, have changed since her halcyon dancing days. Yet with slight steps, she will dance with her grandson.

Sponsored by Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association.


How To Swim


Israel, 2018

Director: Noa Gusakov

Hebrew with English subtitles


15 minutes

Monday, May 4, 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM 


Avigail is at the doctor’s office in the homestretch of her pregnancy and everything seems to be on track, yet she finds herself terrified. It’s not the reassuring comfort from her doctor or her partner that she lacks; what she needs is a mother figure.  This fretful need drives her to trick a stranger into spending time with her.  What follows is a wacky, day-long adventure, filled with vulnerability and humor.

Sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women



Golden Gym


Israel 2019

Directors: Tamir Aharoni & Gil McNeil

Stop motion animated short

6 minutes

Monday, May 4, 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM 


After his daily workout at the gym, 70-year-old Tsvi is involved in a car accident and his family confiscates his car keys. Unwilling to give in to the loss of independence that comes with old age, Tsvi carries on with his life as before. His determination will lead him to a great new adventure!

Sponsored by Aviv Israeli Folk Dance Association

Hope Dies Last


United Kingdom, 2017

Director: Ben Price

Silent short film

8 minutes

Tuesday, May 5,  3:00 PM - 12:00 AM 


A powerful silent short based on the true story of Józef Paczyński, a Polish political prisoner at Auschwitz who was the personal barber to camp commander Rudolf Höss for much of the second World War. Each time he was ordered to cut the Nazi’s hair, Paczynski feared that the haircut might be his last.