Short Films


The Edmonton Jewish Film Festival is proud to be showcasing a juried selection of short films from film makers around the world. These ‘shorts’ will be presented after our feature films. Exhibiting these films at the EJFF provides opportunities to see a variety of films which may not receive mass distribution, and for independent filmmakers to reach new audiences and explore new opportunities for distribution.

With Slight Steps


Israel, 2018

Director: Guy Hodes

Hebrew with English subtitles

Documentary short

10 minutes


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.

How To Swim


Israel, 2018

Director: Noa Gusakov

Hebrew with English subtitles


15 minutes


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.

Golden Gym


Israel, 2019

Directors: Tamir Aharoni & Gil McNeil

Stop motion animated short

6 minutes


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!

Hope Dies Last


United Kingdon, 2017

Director: Ben Price

Silent short film

8 minutes


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.