For Filmmakers

From its exhibition calendar to its suite of artist development services, the Jewish Film Institute creates a community of filmmakers exploring and expanding thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. JFI supports projects at all stages of the creative process, from development and production through finishing and exhibition. 

Upcoming Filmmaker Opportunities

Call for Entries: 2024 Completion Grants

Call for Entries: 2024 Completion Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 JFI Completion Grants through March 1.

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Friday February 9, 2024
Early Bird Deadline
Friday March 1, 2024

2024 Completion Grants Application Office Hours

2024 Completion Grants Application Office Hours

Meet with JFI Filmmaker Services Director Marcia Jarmel for feedback and advice on your application to JFI's 2024 Completion Grants program.

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Thursday February 8, 2024
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Thursday February 22, 2024
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Filmmaker Support at JFI

JFI Completion Grants

JFI Completion Grants

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, memory, and identity. Established in 2020, JFI has awarded more than $325,000 since the program's inception. Projects eligible for consideration include narratives, documentaries, shorts, episodic programs, or web series. Learn more about JFI's supported projects, the application process, and other updates here. Applications for the 2024 cycle of JFI Completion Grants are open through March 1.

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Film Festival Submissions

Film Festival Submissions

Do you have a project that the world needs to see? Submit your film to one of the Jewish Film Institute exhibition series, including the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, WinterFest, and more year-round screening programs. The current Call for Entries and submission criteria are available here.

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Filmmakers in Residence

Filmmakers in Residence

The JFI Filmmakers in Residence Program is a year-long, community-driven artist residency that provides creative, marketing, and production support for emerging and established filmmakers whose documentary projects explore and expand thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. Learn more about current and former Residents and upcoming application opportunities here.

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Purchase a Filmmaker Membership to the Jewish Film Institute

  • Discounts and pre-sales on tickets, passes, and Jewish Film Institute merchandise
  • Festival program guide mailed to your home
  • Donor recognition on the JFI website and onscreen recognition at the Festival
  • Invitations to filmmaker events year-round

Tax Deductible Amount: $35

Applicants to the JFI Completion Grants Program will receive a one-year Flmmaker Membership via their FilmFreeway submission fee.

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