Now in its 37th year, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its annual three weeks of inspiring films, events, panels and parties.
Submissions are now open for SFJFF37 (July 20 – August 6, 2017). Submit Your Film >
The Festival has discovered and nurtured international cinematic talents such as Amos Gitai, Dani Levy, and Péter Forgács, sometimes long in advance of their discovery by mainstream international festivals. Nationally, the SFJFF has been an important theatrical launching pad for successful features and documentary films, such as God is Great and I’m Not, Promises, Strange Fruit, Trembling Before G-d, Hiding and Seeking, and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Filmmakers exploring Jewish themes often start out their career by having a short film in the SFJFF; many of them return to the SFJFF with feature length documentaries and narratives.