Our Next Wave programs explore contemporary life through a Jewish lens and showcase emerging filmmakers, artists, and thinkers putting a new spin on expression and identity through film and media today.

Become a Next Wave Member

We provide our Next Wave members with the opportunity to; receive all-inclusive Festival passes, attend private VIP receptions and parties with filmmakers, actors, and artists; experience programs and events that step outside the boundaries of film; enjoy live music, stand-up comedy, or other surprising special events; and, (of course), drink, eat, socialize, and network with other young leaders and fans of the independent arts community.

Members ages 35 and under enjoy special Next Wave programs and events PLUS an all-access San Francisco Jewish Film Festival pass for just $35 a year. Next Wave benefits include:

  • Early access and discounts on tickets for screenings year round, including the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and WinterFest
    Festival catalog mailed to your home
  • Next Wave special member-only events, including screenings, live music, discussions, and opportunities to meet guest artists and mix and mingle with people like you
  • Monthly Next Wave newsletter
  • SFJFF Next Wave Pass (good for all shows at all theaters during the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, including select special events)

What do you do when you become the world’s leading Jewish media arts organization?

You reinvent for the future. 

That’s why there’s JFI Next Wave


The annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival highlights alternative, up-and-coming Jewish filmmakers from all corners of the globe, bringing innovative content from forums like SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance NextFest, Slamdance, and beyond, to right here in the Bay Area. As a Next Wave member, you can enjoy access to any Festival film with your 35 & Under Pass and be invited to VIP receptions with filmmakers and guests. Toast our filmmakers at private events on the Castro mezzanine or join JFI at one of the Bay’s hottest nightlife spots.

Warning: This is not your parents’ Jewish film festival.


There is no one film that defines Jewish identity, just as there’s no one lifestyle that defines being Jewish. JFI Next Wave programs are open to everyone and for anyone. Our team works hard to shine a spotlight on personalities, themes, and artistic works that present fresh takes on what it means to belong, and not just to the tribe.

With a focus on music, comedy, genre films, sweet venues, and (of course) food and cocktails, Next Wave events throughout the year and during our annual summer Festival let you mix and mingle with who you want, on your own terms, in a downright festive setting.


Catch some live music at a club or get treated to a musical narrative feature or documentary film, with a focus on hip-hop, electronic, lo-fi, and other beats. Past events include a celebration of America’s original Jewish rappers, the Beastie Boys, which featured a curated retrospective of the history of the music video, as well as Rockin’ Puppet Mayhem which drew revelers in droves to San Francisco’s Mission District in 2009, as well as our tribute DJ AM with Mix Master Mike at SFJFF35 in 2015 (pictured).


With an emphasis on the rise of web-series and an acute understanding of the growing pains of the 21st century adult, JFI has in the past featured such talented mavericks as Alex Karpovsky at SFJFF33, of Girls fame, Amy York Rubin, whose web-series Little Horribles was a spotlight subject at SFJFF34, and Jessie Kahnweiler, whose progressive form of comedy-as-therapy had the audience rolling in their seats at New People Cinema in June 2015.

The only thing better than a night at the movies? A night at the funny movies.