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10th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival starts Jan. 13

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An image from the claymation film "Mary and Max," which is in this year's Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Twitter account, @atljewishfilm, is a countdown, really. Not so much the days left till it starts, but more the number of shows with tickets left.

From Dec. 31: “ Camera Obscura on 1/23 is all sold out, and we’ve already sold about 4k more tix than this time last year.”

From Jan. 6: “6 sellouts yesterday. A few close to sold out: Protektor (1/23), Seven Days (1/19) and Within the Whirlwind (1/16)”

Ten years in, Atlanta’s is the second-largest Jewish film festival out of about 115 worldwide. Organizers expect to sell more than 20,000 tickets this year. I wrote about some of the highlights in this post from last month.

AJCer Rosalind Bentley wrote in “Atlanta Jewish Film Festival turns 10” about how the festival grew so quickly, and how it decides the selections:

Early on, the Atlanta office of the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy group that produces the festival, made two decisions that it hoped would set Atlanta’s event apart. One was to chose films that, while Jewish in theme, would have broad crossover appeal and that would serve as a bridge between communities. The other decision was to involve a wide swath of Atlanta’s Jewish and film communities in the selection of films, meaning the festival would have more of a community vision rather than a solely artistic one, Marx said. Both decisions have produced a provocative series.

Tickets are available now — if you can get them.

Here’s the trailer for “Mary and Max,” the film pictured above:

Want to go? The 10th Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Jan. 13-24. $10, $9 for people ages 65 and older and students with ID. $8 for screenings held Monday-Thursday before 4 p.m. Venues in Atlantic Station, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek. 404-806-9913, www.ajff.org.

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