Silicon Valley Jewish film fest exceeds attendance expectations

The 24th annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival wrapped up its four-week run on Nov. 8 with a closing night screening of the documentary “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.” A sell-out crowd of 200 attended the screening at the Oshman Family JCC and welcomed Emmy-winning comedy writer Bruce Vilanch as guest speaker.

The festival ran from Oct. 10 to Nov. 8 with 35 screenings of features and documentaries from Israel and around the world.

Executive director Tzvia Shelef said the 2015 festival exceeded her goals, with more sold-out screenings and more guest artists than in previous years. She cited the addition of Saratoga’s AMC 14 cineplex, which accommodates larger audiences, as one reason for expanded attendance this year.

“We had very good turnout,” she told J. “We had more donors and we reached our budget goals. We also had more artists, directors and screenwriters come this year. Whoever we brought in, people loved it.”