Become a Donor

The old adage, “You can’t control the wind, but you CAN adjust the sails,” is more pertinent now than ever before. In the past year we’ve had to completely rethink how we could use our resources to enrich the lives and spirits of our community during these extraordinary times.

The generosity of individual donors, foundations and corporate sponsors has kept our organization going.

Starting in April 2020 we went “virtual” with our events, streaming films and hosting speakers online engaging more than 4,000 households with our programming. We increased the total number of events and offered most of them for free to encourage greater community access to entertainment and education during the pandemic.

Our costs to support these activities such as staffing, maintaining our web site, paying film distribution costs, etc. are ongoing, and ticket sales cover only a fraction of our costs. 

Your Help is Needed

Your donation will be used to support our mission of building a vibrant cultural community, using films that celebrate the Jewish experience. Through the power of film, speakers and other forms of media, we connect our local Jewish community with diverse religious and ethnic groups, encourage inclusion, and educate about the ramifications of prejudice and stereotyping.  

A donation of any amount is welcome.


With your donation of $500 or more, your name will be featured on our website and in the annual Festival program. 

If you donate $1,000 or more you may choose to be acknowledged as an underwriter of one of our films or events.

Please note: For those who wish to get an $89 All-Access pass or an $180 Premiere Pass, you must purchase them on the Passes page. There are a limited number of passes available. We will indicate on our website when they are sold out. Should you have any questions, please contact our EBIJFF Director Riva Gambert at 925.895.3605.

Make your contribution now through this website, by phone 925.895.3605 or by check mailed to: IJWC (Independent Jewish World Cinema) P.O. Box 4869, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. 

For more information, please contact any of our Board or Committee members or call 925.895.3605.


A Note from Our Board

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many non-profit organizations to rethink how they can continue to support their community during these extraordinary times, while at the same time remaining true to their mission.  

Your support can help us do this.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, we have pivoted to year-round programming that has included not only screenings but also film-related lectures. 

For 2021-2022, we will continue to sponsor our very popular Around the World with Fred series of lectures and add a new series, A Conversation with Galit. In addition, we are partnering with the East Bay Holocaust Education Center to bring Holocaust-focused movies for free to middle nd high school students in our region. We will also continue our collaboration with the LGBTQ organization A Wider Bridge.

Doing all the above is only possible because of the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors. If you have already donated to the Festival and its year-round programming, THANK YOU! 

If you have not already sent in a contribution, please consider doing so. Although we are not renting a theatre at this time, there are still hidden costs associated with virtual events, such as the costs of our streaming platform and our highly skilled tech experts who work behind the scenes.

Should you have questions or would like to underwrite a film, please contact Riva Gambert, EBIJFF Director, at 925.895.3605 or email her at For your records, IJWC (Independent Jewish World Cinema) is EBIJFF's parent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and its federal tax ID number is 36-4821405. 

Thank you for building community with us through the power of film.

Margaret Winter

Interim President, IJWC

Riva Gambert

Director, EBIJFF