The Maine Jewish Film Festival opened Saturday with a reception at Portland’s Greenhut Galleries.

Wine flowed, food tempted, and like-minded company – film buffs, festival organizers and filmmakers – was plentiful.

At 8 p.m., the festival’s first film, “Ajami,” was set to begin at the nearby Nickelodeon Cinemas, which hosts nearly all of this year’s screenings.

Included in the festival, which runs through Thursday, is its first-ever feature-length premiere by a local filmmaker. Portland native Gary Robinov’s “Canvasman” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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