For Filmmakers

The Jewish Film Institute provides significant creative support to both established and emerging filmmakers through its year-round exhibition calendar, competitive filmmaker residencies, artist consultations, awards recognition and education initiatives. JFI champions filmmakers and projects whose stories promote the exploration and understanding of modern Jewish identity and embrace the full spectrum of media platforms. Since its inception, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has been a platform for international filmmakers to introduce their work to American audiences, many of whom return to screen new films throughout their careers.

Submit a Film

Submit your film to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival or a year-round program of the Jewish Film Institute. The Call for Entries for the 40th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is CLOSED.

Submit a Film

JFI Filmmaker Residency

The JFI Filmmaker Residency is a competitive, year-long program awarded annually to storytellers whose media project(s) promote the exploration and understanding of Jewish identity. Residents receive JFI staff consultations in production, marketing and development; private office space, and access to an intimate 80-seat screening room and to Bay Area film industry networking events.

JFI Filmmaker Residency

JFI Completion Funding Program

The JFI Completion Grants Program provides finishing funds to emerging and established filmmakers for original stories that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity.  Projects may be feature narratives, documentaries, shorts, episodic programs, or web series. Priorities are given to projects that offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experience. Awards of $5,000 to $50,000 are considered, depending on project need. For additional information please send an email to grants@jfi.org.

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Freedom of Expression Award

The Freedom of Expression Award – presented annually at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival since 2005 – honors the unfettered imagination, which is the cornerstone of a just, free and open society. Past recipients include Norman Lear, Kirk Douglas, Lee Grant and more. Read on for a full list of Freedom of Expression Award recipients.

Freedom of Expression Award

Jerusalem Film Workshop

The Jewish Film Institute is sponsoring young and emerging filmmakers from the Bay Area to participate in the Summer 2019 Jerusalem Film Workshop, a six-week intensive filmmaking and film studies program in Israel. Collaborate with international students, meet leaders from Israel's film industry, and produce work to be screened at the Jerusalem International Jewish Film Festival.

Jerusalem Film Workshop

Festival Awards

Jewish Film Institute and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival awards include the SFJFF Audience Award, Film Movement Short Film Award, Best Short Documentary Award and San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award. SFJFF is a major launchpad for independent films at the beginning of their Festival tours. Read on for complete information about eligibility and submissions

Awards