MJFF began modestly in 1998 in South Portland at Congregation Bet Ha’am with six videos shown on a television set over a weekend. Since then we have presented over 300 films both domestic and foreign, brought more than 80 guest artists from the U.S. and around the world and sold over 32,000 tickets to both Jewish and non-Jewish attendees in venues throughout greater Portland as well in selected sites throughout the state. Portland is the smallest city in the nation to boast an independent, professional Jewish film festival. We curate a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through – drama, comedy, documentary and short film formats. MJFF has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State. We attract a diverse, sophisticated, and deeply loyal audience that loves independent film.